England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Lord's May 31, 2014

Buttler ton in vain as Malinga holds nerve

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Sri Lanka 300 for 9 (Sangakkara 112, Dilshan 71, Gurney 4-55) beat England 293 for 8 (Buttler 121, Bopara 51, Malinga 3-52) by seven runs
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Jos Buttler produced arguably England's greatest one-day innings - his first ODI hundred, the fastest for the country and the fastest at Lord's - but Sri Lanka clung on to level the series in a contest that became gripping during the latter stages of the chase.

Buttler's 61-ball century, eclipsing the 69-ball record of Kevin Pietersen at East London, brought England's requirement down to 12 off the final over but Lasith Malinga held his nerve as Chris Jordan holed out and Buttler was run out for 121 off 74 with two balls of the innings remaining.

He had come to the crease to join Ravi Bopara with England listing on 111 for 5 in the 29th over with the innings having included just four boundaries. They proceeded to add 133 in 16.2 overs to bring the equation down to 62 required off the last six when Bopara top edged a sweep off Ajantha Mendis.

But Buttler responded by taking 20 off the next over - bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara - including two skimming sixes over extra cover. Jordan dug out singles and twos where he could, scampering manically between the wickets, although it was basically down to Buttler who reached his hundred with a brace off Mendis. The force was with England but a single to Buttler off the first ball of the final over ate up a priceless delivery, especially when no runs were scored as Jordan was dismissed next ball at long-on.

It was a breathless finish to a match that was seemingly dribbing to a rather soporific conclusion. England needed to achieve their highest chase on home soil to seal the series after Sri Lanka posted 300 for 9 but for more than half the chase there was barely a whimper. They lurched to 10 for 2 against a supreme new-ball spell by Malinga and could never find the impetus to mount a challenge. At one point they went 130 deliveries without hitting a boundary before Buttler began his mission with a reverse sweep in the 31st over.

It was a performance that added fuel to well-worn arguments that England do not possess the required top-order power when a large score - and 300 is no longer the gargantuan total it was - is either there to be chased down or needed to be set. At one point Alastair Cook could be seen with head in hands on the balcony. He perked up during Buttler's onslaught, but his overriding emotion is likely to be one of frustration.

Sri Lanka would have struggled to accept this match slipping away although some of their bowling and fielding slipped under pressure. But they ultimately claimed victory and for much of the game it was another display of their resilience. Conditions were markedly different from Old Trafford yet it was still another striking turnaround having been bowled out for 67 three days ago led by Kumar Sangakkara's first hundred at Lord's.

Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan added 172 for the second wicket - Sri Lanka's third best stand for that wicket in ODIs - to form the backbone of the total. Although England fought back in the final 10 overs, a final-ball boundary by Mendis enabled Sri Lanka to cross the psychological 300 marker: England had only ever chased down more than 300 twice in their ODI history.

Sangakkara's innings will not get him a spot on the honours board - that is reserved for Test hundreds - but it did tick off one of the missing milestones in an illustrious career.

His previous best at Lord's in any format was 65 and he needed 13 balls to get off the mark but then progressed silkily to his hundred off 95 deliveries. The first of his 14 boundaries, a hook against Chris Jordan, did not come until his 27th ball but it was the three in a row he took off Joe Root that really launched his innings. When he was stumped off James Tredwell in the 43rd over he left to a standing ovation.

Sangakkara worked hard to find his timing before he clicked into gear with three consecutive boundaries off Root; twice using his feet to loft down the ground and then a peachy cover drive. Beautiful footwork also helped him beat mid-on off Tredwell and he latched on to loose deliveries from Ravi Bopara, who strayed on both sides of the wicket. The 10 overs combined of Bopara and Root cost 76 runs.

Sangakkara and Dilshan joined forces after Kusal Perera, brought in as Sri Lanka shuffled their order, edged a wild mow to slip. Dilshan scratched around, reaching 13 off 29 deliveries, before scooping James Anderson and following that with another boundary to fine leg.

Dilshan brought up his half-century the ball after Sangakkara but it always more of a battle for him. His last 21 runs soaked up 37 deliveries and he was also discomforted after a collision with Root in the bowler's follow through.

He fell in the first over of the batting Powerplay, attempting to scoop a full delivery from Anderson which took leg stump, and England regained a semblance of control. Mahela Jayawardene has been short of runs in this series and it was a scratchy innings from him. The final 10 overs brought 83 runs, fewer than Sri Lanka would have wanted.

Malinga produced a wicked four-over spell, trapping Cook lbw with one that swung back in and was overturned by the DRS and then finding Ian Bell's edge to slip. He did not concede a run until his 18th delivery and even then it was a squirted edge to third man.

Root and Gary Ballance tried to rebuild but it was painful progress. After the first 10 overs England were 34 for 2 and there was precious little lifting of the run rate. Ballance struggled against the spin of the recalled Ajantha Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake before edging a reverse sweep which summed up the innings which used 69 deliveries. Root had only faced one ball fewer when he top edged to fine leg.

England put great stock in the ability of their middle order but the asking rate was approaching eight when Eoin Morgan walked in and did not dip. Morgan could not find the boundary in 16 balls and was then stumped. The game appeared up. It wasn't. What followed was epic and will give England much food for thought. For Sri Lanka there was just relief.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • THEBEAST7 on June 3, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @ Compton-Effect ; You are correct mate. I really dont like U.T. I think I hate him more than any other fan but yes you are right. U.T might have got way too many opportunities than any other player but for SLC to make the most of it, they need to give Tharanga an extended run till the World Cup in 2015. Should have taken him in this tour. He has a crappy technique playing out side off stump but when he gets going he score big and for a guy who has a crappy technique (specially opener) he has done remarkably well in conditions like england. KJ is good undoutably in Asian conditions. But is he the one to open in Aus/NZ in 2015??? Thirimanne let us down badly. He should have taken the given chances at the top. He was sent in as an operner to grind runs and stay till the 40th over so that others can score around him. That's his strength but he failed. Time to bring UT in

  • MAK123 on June 3, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    The rates pattern on Betfair after the book was closed and re-opened with the start of Butler-Bopara partnership suggested that England would lose or at worst, it would land as a tie. The "Cricket Lovers" favored England hugely at 1.40 to England :-)

  • on June 3, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Sanga Is The God Of Cricket.. He Is The Best Batsman In The World

  • VikumHerath on June 2, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    @ tallgrass: Are you trying to say a well established player is unacceptable, simply because he was little behind his own batting average? Tharanga has a Batting Av of almost FORTY (39.9) in his last 8 ODIs, before he was dropped in 2013! Why don't you see the current burden on the side, due to miserable failure of his replacement, Kusal (Averaging 14.2 in 21 ODIs sans Bang) ?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 2, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    @Weerasiri Abeytunge (post on June 1, 2014, 12:37 GMT): My guess would be that yes, there is a flaw with Hot-Spot in that certain tapes, glues etc. on modern bats mean that contact can be missed - but I haven't heard anything or seen any evidence for contact with pads being missed (and I doubt players will put tape/glue on those). With Root's dismissal, there was a clear mark on the pad where bat hit pad AND Snicko only showed a noise when bat struck pad. There was neither a Hot-Spot nor a noise on Snicko as ball passed bat, = "Not Out" in my mind. Matthews was a tad unlucky in that yes, there was a sound as ball passed bat, but no Hot-Spot; in such circumstances I would prefer benefit of doubt goes to batsman! And I'm a bowler...

  • andrew27994 on June 2, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    @JG2704 : Lets not get carried away by Buttler's knock. It was one of the best but I think Kohli's 133 against the same bowling attack in foreign conditions of Hobart when India needed to chase 321 of 40 overs to give them a chance of qualifying was a much better knock.

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @Jg2704 You never know with Buttler needing 9 off 2. There's a good case for him being one of the most talented finishers around. A Malinga got taken apart at the Oval don't forget.

    Re Carberry, no I haven't seen his Viv impression. But I did see him get his duck on Friday. There is some lov for him down at Hampshire (some fans were even singing for him). I just hope he hasn't been ruined by his England experience.

    Well done Tredwell. Back like his old self. No chance whatsoever of a test place though, but kudos for him for trying.

  • anver777 on June 2, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Superb effort by Butler & he deserved to be the MOM !!!! he was on a rampage with Ravi, the pair almost clinched the improbable victory for ENG !!! wish the series decider on Tuesday will be another thriller !!!!!l

  • tallgrass on June 2, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Had enough of these tharanga moaners. Why is he out of the team? His ODI career avg is 33.88. In 2012 he played 26 inngs at 30.08 and in 2013, 11 innings at 28.70 (that too because of 174 in one match). Both years he has performed BELOW his career average. The hype is about the 2006 tour of England when batting coach Hathurusinghe moulded him into a run-machine.

  • ksquared on June 2, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    As good as Buttlers innings was he was aided by some atrocious fielding and the inability of those fielders to hit the stumps. The field placements were also questionable when a guy keeps on hammering you over the covers you either put a fielder there or change the line of attack not bowl at the same place!!! Luckily there was a 300 run cushion and the worlds best death bowler in SL ranks.

  • THEBEAST7 on June 3, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @ Compton-Effect ; You are correct mate. I really dont like U.T. I think I hate him more than any other fan but yes you are right. U.T might have got way too many opportunities than any other player but for SLC to make the most of it, they need to give Tharanga an extended run till the World Cup in 2015. Should have taken him in this tour. He has a crappy technique playing out side off stump but when he gets going he score big and for a guy who has a crappy technique (specially opener) he has done remarkably well in conditions like england. KJ is good undoutably in Asian conditions. But is he the one to open in Aus/NZ in 2015??? Thirimanne let us down badly. He should have taken the given chances at the top. He was sent in as an operner to grind runs and stay till the 40th over so that others can score around him. That's his strength but he failed. Time to bring UT in

  • MAK123 on June 3, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    The rates pattern on Betfair after the book was closed and re-opened with the start of Butler-Bopara partnership suggested that England would lose or at worst, it would land as a tie. The "Cricket Lovers" favored England hugely at 1.40 to England :-)

  • on June 3, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Sanga Is The God Of Cricket.. He Is The Best Batsman In The World

  • VikumHerath on June 2, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    @ tallgrass: Are you trying to say a well established player is unacceptable, simply because he was little behind his own batting average? Tharanga has a Batting Av of almost FORTY (39.9) in his last 8 ODIs, before he was dropped in 2013! Why don't you see the current burden on the side, due to miserable failure of his replacement, Kusal (Averaging 14.2 in 21 ODIs sans Bang) ?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 2, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    @Weerasiri Abeytunge (post on June 1, 2014, 12:37 GMT): My guess would be that yes, there is a flaw with Hot-Spot in that certain tapes, glues etc. on modern bats mean that contact can be missed - but I haven't heard anything or seen any evidence for contact with pads being missed (and I doubt players will put tape/glue on those). With Root's dismissal, there was a clear mark on the pad where bat hit pad AND Snicko only showed a noise when bat struck pad. There was neither a Hot-Spot nor a noise on Snicko as ball passed bat, = "Not Out" in my mind. Matthews was a tad unlucky in that yes, there was a sound as ball passed bat, but no Hot-Spot; in such circumstances I would prefer benefit of doubt goes to batsman! And I'm a bowler...

  • andrew27994 on June 2, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    @JG2704 : Lets not get carried away by Buttler's knock. It was one of the best but I think Kohli's 133 against the same bowling attack in foreign conditions of Hobart when India needed to chase 321 of 40 overs to give them a chance of qualifying was a much better knock.

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @Jg2704 You never know with Buttler needing 9 off 2. There's a good case for him being one of the most talented finishers around. A Malinga got taken apart at the Oval don't forget.

    Re Carberry, no I haven't seen his Viv impression. But I did see him get his duck on Friday. There is some lov for him down at Hampshire (some fans were even singing for him). I just hope he hasn't been ruined by his England experience.

    Well done Tredwell. Back like his old self. No chance whatsoever of a test place though, but kudos for him for trying.

  • anver777 on June 2, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Superb effort by Butler & he deserved to be the MOM !!!! he was on a rampage with Ravi, the pair almost clinched the improbable victory for ENG !!! wish the series decider on Tuesday will be another thriller !!!!!l

  • tallgrass on June 2, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Had enough of these tharanga moaners. Why is he out of the team? His ODI career avg is 33.88. In 2012 he played 26 inngs at 30.08 and in 2013, 11 innings at 28.70 (that too because of 174 in one match). Both years he has performed BELOW his career average. The hype is about the 2006 tour of England when batting coach Hathurusinghe moulded him into a run-machine.

  • ksquared on June 2, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    As good as Buttlers innings was he was aided by some atrocious fielding and the inability of those fielders to hit the stumps. The field placements were also questionable when a guy keeps on hammering you over the covers you either put a fielder there or change the line of attack not bowl at the same place!!! Luckily there was a 300 run cushion and the worlds best death bowler in SL ranks.

  • on June 2, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    jos buttler has only offside shots. put mid-on bit deep not near the line and attack leg stump he will not survive anymore.

  • on June 1, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    When you are faced with 'nothing to lose situation' it was an easy choice to go for it, and Butler had the luck to go with, in this game. This is what guys like Gail, Sehweg, Jayasuriya, Tissara, Afridi and a few others try every game. You will be lucky to get an average over 40, with aggressive batting , but you can be a 'Hero" for the day and win a game or two. Having said that I think Butler is going to be a 'Shining star' for England in the days to come.

  • Mutukisna on June 1, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    I agree that it was a great fightback by Buttler & Bopara which almost brought England home. However, I was amazed that after England were 111 for 5 in the 29th over, that Sri Lanka did not have any sweepers in the field right up to the end of the England innings. I feel that if sweepers were employed the outcome would have been different, with the result being the same with a bigger margin of victory.

  • Englishmanabroad on June 1, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Root and Balance: 131 deliveries, over 21 overs, without a boundary.

    What else is there to say. And when is Cook going to produce a decent performance, (3rd ODI does not count, with a target of only 67).

  • JG2704 on June 1, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    @Herath-UK on (June 1, 2014, 12:06 GMT) A bit harsh there. He didn't properly run and probably didn't expect Tredwell to run past him. Yes that cost England the last realistic chance but England would have needed 8 off the last 2 balls just to tie and I would probably back Mallinga against any batsman in the world to not go for 2 boundaries in a row in such a situation. Without Buttler there's a fair chance they'd have got nowhere near.

  • on June 1, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    @Everyone who says Mahela should retire or be dropped, I totally agree. Mahela has been averaging less than 20 in the past half-year or so, with only one 50 to his name. And all his innings have come at 4 at the very least. Compare this to the much criticised Chandimal. Last half-year or so, two 50s at an average of below 25, and has only batted at 5 or above a couple of times! He has been batting in the late middle order, and still been able to better Mahela. Stop doing Chandimal's 50+ score count, how can he even score 30 if he comes in at 7 or 8, with just 5 or 6 overs to spare. Of course he won't have a good average, he comes in the 'hit out or get out' period of the match. Mahela however, has a good 20+ overs remaining when he comes but only lasts for about 10-15 DELIVERIES! Drop Mahela, bring in Chandimal. Mahela's glory days are over. It's time to step down...unless he wants to become the only batsman with over 10000 runs at an average of below 30.

  • SLSup on June 1, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    I must say calls for Mahela to resign are becoming MORE DESPERATE by the post and EVEN MORE HILARIOUS! Don't stop - they keep me entertained. One of them even asks Mahela to "do the right thing". Haha. Sounds like Russell Peters word to word!

    What does it take to enjoy the cricket without the "punditry" (?) There were 3 games where only ONE team turned up and all of a sudden we have Lord's where both teams turn up with Buttler playing the finest century in ODI's that I have ever seen. His 3rd 4 in Cricinfo highlights is reminiscent of the finest step-out drives through covers that you'd only expect from a Roy Dias! Yet Dias can only dream of what Mahela has accomplished as a cricketer and FOR SL cricket.

    Anyways, don't stop the entertainment!

  • tallgrass on June 1, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Why is everyone clamouring for Upul Tharanga like they use to do for Favez Maharoof and that mother of all losers Mubarak. Clamour for Shamindra Eranga or Nuwan Pradeep...or for Mahela to be dropped for god's sake!

  • VikumHerath on June 1, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Agree with Andrew-Silva. We need an experienced, opener who can build up long innings under any condition. Batting Consistency is essential. There is only one Opener in SL who has proved his capabilities with undeniable credentials. Upul Tharanga (29yrs) is the MOST CONSISTENT & STABLE OPENER in SL cricket history according to the stats:

    Upul Tharanga's feat of reaching 5000 in 157 innings is the 2nd FASTEST by a SL player in ODIs (Marvan Athapattu took 152 innings to achieve that).

    He is the fastest & youngest player to top the initial 1000 ODI runs in SL cricket He holds the World Record for the HIGHEST Number of 200+ partnerships (share the record with Ricky Ponting)

    He is only the ninth SL player (64th overall) to acheive 5,000 runs or more in ODIs -- 5153 at an average of 34.81 in 164 matches at 28yrs of age Tharanga is the ONLY SL opener who can fill the abyss & carry forward to the future..!

  • Rizwanodayar on June 1, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    I think some one who is consistently criticizing Mahala likely to have some other ulterior motive, Srilankan cricket is in great position, but from time to time we try to bring it down by, try to chase away great players, to satisfy there personnel agendas.

  • on June 1, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    I think the game was so close because SL and Angelo missd a trick. The most economical bowling on the day was off-spn. Tredwell 1/37, Senanayake 1/49 and Piyanjan 0/15 from 3 ovs. So if Angelo had made to bowl another 5-6 overs of off-spin before the 35th over wih Priyanjan and also Dlshan England would have been under more pressure.

  • Andrew-Silva on June 1, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Just another ODI to show the absolute need of a SOLID Opener, who can build a long inning without putting pressure on Sanga and rest of the batters within the initial overs! If not for Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan's 172 for the second wicket, SL could have easily ended up fastening the fate of the series!

    When Kusal Perera couldn't last beyond 5 overs (as we have repeatedly seen during the past 11 months) Sanga had to carry the opener's responsibilities with Dil. Their 30 over partnership was the backbone of SL match winning total. Previous ODI was a typical demonstration of an instance, where Sanga failed to absorb the pressure & shoulder the burden of early breakdown at the top. This triggered a total collapse ending up in a shameful defeat!

    As I have pointed out again & again, If SL to succeed in next World Cup, they need to utilize the valuable resources available to fill the most VITAL specialist OPENER's abyss!

  • vkumar_086. on June 1, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    @Eranga Abeygunawardana, Sanath was an all rounder so even if he failed with the bat, he succeeded with the ball in patches. His all round skills justify him having a batting average of below 35. In the case of Mahela, his weaknesses in non batting friendly conditions is well known. We all know how he failed in 23 consecutive innings in 2003 world cup time. Right now, he has only 1 fifty in his last 19 ODI innings. I think time he quits ODI cricket and gives way to Vithanage who can bowl well too. I am stunned why our selectors did not retain him following the T20 blitz at the Oval by him.

  • on June 1, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    I have heard few people are saying Sanath Jayasuriya has been inconsistant during his last part of career and shoud have resigned about few matches earlier.

    Shall we compare Sanath vs Mahela for their last 35 ODI innings

    Mahela's innings;0,12,65,3,43*,5,24,5,1,4*,34,4,42,84*,38,52,107,7,11,22,42,17,24,12,1,46,13,9,14,0,75,35,2,12,7 TOTAL= 872 Average=27.25 Centuries =1 fifties=3

    Sanath's innings;23,72,8,130,43,125,10,13,13,60,1,22,54,0,38,19,45,107,17,0,27,37,15,30,6,7,98,36,10,0,24,5,15,31,2, TOTAL=1143 Average=32.65 Centuries =3 fifties=4

    So Sanath's performance hasn't been reduced and actually he should have played at least for another one year but Mahela's statics are very clear and he should have resigned at least before this tour.

  • Balumekka on June 1, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Great game! Astonishing innings by Butler. But the star was Malinga. How many times he has won matches for Sri Lanka, with his death bowling? He is already a legend in the short formats. Probably the best ever bowler in shorter formats.

  • Revelation3_7 on June 1, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Don't blame Mahela's issue on the selection board, Mahela should man up and step don like a gentleman, it's absolutely time for Mahela to depart from ODI, and open the door for many other exciting players,

    MAHELA,DUDE, ARE YOU READING THIS, THEN DO THE RGHT THING MAN.

  • on June 1, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Mahela's last 18 innings of his career, 7,11,22,42,17,24,17,24,12,1,46,13,9,14,0,75,35,2,12,7, total 349, Average 19.38. Bats at No:1~4

    Chadimals Last 18 innings: 0 9 0 15 46 44 36 5 64* 13 9 64 19* 0 26 39 8 14 6 Total 334 ...Ave. 22.27 Batted at No.4~8.....

  • TeamSelector on June 1, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    I disagree with the MoM winner. Although Butler played a happy go lucky innings with nothing to lose & everything to gain after half the side was back in the hut, he did not deserve the MoM. Malinga or Sanga should have gotten it instead. Just ask Captain Cook. Why do you think he made those comments about Butler afterwards?

  • on June 1, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    On what grounds was Root given the benefit of the doubt after a DRS review? Angelo Mathews was given out in the previous match, when there was no hot spot, but on the evidence of a spike on 'Snicko'. Joe Roots DRS also showed no hot spot, but had a huge spike on 'Snicko" and he was not given out.The spike on the Root DRS might have been due to the bat scraping the bat, but where is the evidence to show that the bat didn't hit the pad and the ball at the same time?Why was Angelo Mathews judged on a different argument, in which case there was no attempt to determine whether the spike on 'Snicko" was due to something else.

  • Herath-UK on June 1, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    I do not want to take credit away from Butler's,it was a superb innings, a rare quality. However he did not deserve the MOM because he failed in his mission himself getting out when better intelligence & better maturity would have made him not to run. It was a very poor decision on his part that cost a victory to England. He DID NOTchange the match outcome. Had it been sort of him getting a big score on a difficult pitch where no other batter made any significant contribution, at least there is some substance. In fact Sanga's was a more responsible one when the first wicket went cheaply down. Some have gone a bit emotional, it looks.

  • on June 1, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    To the people who are saying Mahela has not been given a better place to bat,Batting at number 4 is not a better position? Mathews, Priyanjan came after Mahela couldnt score than Mahela?

    Maheka's Four innings in this tour, 35,2,12,7, Total 56, Average 14,

    Mahela's last 18 innings of his career, 7,11,22,42,17,24,17,24,12,1,46,13,9,14,0,75,35,2,12,7, total 349, Average 19.38.

  • JG2704 on June 1, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Looking at the fastest ODI list - there is an argument that Jos's inns was the best if not the quickest. Many of the others were by players who didn't have the scoreboard pressure and you combine that with the bowlers Jos was facing - one of the best SF bowling attacks out there and the fact there didn't seem to be any false shots and it wasn't just all power hitting there really is an argument for it being the best ODI 100.

  • ssduk on June 1, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    What a come back by Sri Lanka, People are blaming Mahela for not scoring runs, true he has failed last 4 games, but what position is he playing and what situation? Do he have enough time to settle down and play a long inning ? He never played played for his position and he is always playing for the team. that is why he failed again. Just look at his avg when he does opening and playing at no 1..WHEN OPENING AVG 44.10 AND AT NO 1 AVG IS 46.10.....So what else we can expect from him ??

  • JG2704 on June 1, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @ CodandChips on (June 1, 2014, 8:29 GMT) I think the Tredwell run - while not good - was pretty insignificant. Obviously it Tredwell having to score 9 to win/8 to tie would have been unthinkable but Jos (even in that form) scoring 2 boundaries off one of the best death bowlers was highly unlikely. But Jos should just have stood his ground and then it would have been Tredwell who was run out which would not have mattered. Besides Root/Ballance's laboured knocks the most frustrating thing was Jordan's inability to rotate the strike. He scored 5 off 10. Had he made sure he rotated the strike each time he faced , I make it England would have needed 7 off the last over and I'd have fancied Jos to do that even vs Mallinga. BTW - Re Carberry - have you seen his Viv impression?

    PS - You can also see why I like Tredwell as a bowler

  • JG2704 on June 1, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    @Patchmaster on (June 1, 2014, 8:51 GMT) I think you should also blame Bopara for the English weather whilst you're at it. What a blinkered/anti/baseless comment. Ravi was the only other English player who went at a SR of over 100 and without him Jos would have not been able to get England anywhere near the SL total. His strike rotation was good and his running between the wickets was exceptional. I'm even more baffled that you lambast Ravi when you speak so highly of Ballance and Root who scoed 80+ runs at a SR scraping 60. When Root departed England were going at 3.92 and that's ok when chasing 300? I'm the 1st to lambast some of Ravis's past efforts but to big up 2 players who made the chase even more difficult and then slate a player who helped repair the damage with a .4 better SR than both is just wrong

  • CodandChips on June 1, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    The thing I can't understand is why Tredwell and Buttler ran. Had they scored a single, that would have left 8 off 2. Surely 9 off 2 with Buttler on strike is much better than 8 off 2 with Tredwell on.strike?

    A great game of ODI cricket. KP saying ODIs are boring is nonsense

  • on June 1, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Dropping younsters to provide chances for non-performing seniors is really bad for future of SL cricket. Hope non-performing Mahela will be dropped for last ODI at least.His place is blocking young talents coming to the side.

  • on June 1, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Congratulations to Srilankan Team,Yesterday.s Match Was very Exciting and Close Game.on my Previous Article I Have Requested Young Players To Be Included To the Slilankan Batting. Kusal Perera Open the Innings and Showed His Capable of Dealing With Any Bowling Attack and made the Foundation. We Must Appreciate England Pair Bopara and Jos Butler Who Played Superb Innings and Threatened to Take Away the game From Srilanka. The Real Death Bowler Is Malinga.Not Kulesekara Mathew Has to Reorganise Another Bowler According to me Thisara Perera Is the best choice. He can hit the Ball Hard Hope we can see Another good match soon.

  • LankaPuthra on June 1, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    SL should really do something about not leaking so many ones and twos. The fielding was sloppy to say the least and they lost there way during Buttler-Bopara partnership. Sanga was so frustrated behind the stumps. Thankfully, no catches were dropped. A few great bits of fielding were on display however. I hope the sun will come out on Tuesday so the Lankans don't have to carry extra weight in layers and layers of woollen clothing.

  • LankaPuthra on June 1, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    If England had won, this match would have been added to the list of all time great upsets along with SL-AUS where Matthews & Malinga salvaged what would have been a thrashing and turned it in to an impossible victory, ENG-IRE WC game where Ireland beat England chasing a large target, etc. Sanga, Malinga & Kulasekera performed well but Joseph Butler is the deserving MOM. But on his own admission, he and Bopara had nothing to lose. That gave them confidence and took the pressure off. By the time the pressure returned, Butler had gained confidence and was seeing the ball the size of a football!

  • Mutukisna on June 1, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans should not write off Mahela. He has been an exceptional player for years and an inspiration to the younger players in the last few years. He will become a legend when he retires, probably after the 2015 WC. (In my opinion, one becomes a legend in cricket only after one stops playing, the description legend being used loosely and incorrectly in respect of current players!) Mahela should curb his instinct to play his flick shot to mid wicket and his wafts outside off stump early in his innings. He has been dismissed many a time in this way. Sri Lanka were wrong to send him in yesterday during the power play overs. I have no doubts that Mahela will come good in the last ODI if he displays some patience during the first 20 balls of his innings. I am sure Paul Farbrace would have highlighted this little weakness to his players. I am looking forward to a fantastic innings by one of Sri Lanka's great batsmen on Tuesday.

  • priceless1 on June 1, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    For the fifth game they should drop Priyanjan and bring back Chandimal to that position because Priyanjan looks to be all at sea against fast bowlers. im sure Mahela will come good in the 5th ODI mainly because it is the series decider

  • on June 1, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    as england board n cricketers are depending there self n always playing for their place in the squad or coaching team.. after collingwood peterson there is no players who just come in n play their own game. it was a very good allround performance by lions.. need to improve in bowling.. currrent england team is not a 260+ team..

  • Patchmaster on June 1, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Why on earth was Bopara scoring at a run a ball or less, knowing full well that the asking rate for the whole time he was in, was MORE than a run a ball. As usual, good old Ravi was playing for his averages, not the side. As opposed to Butler, who's prepared to risk his place in the side, in the hope of winning the match for his side. As for Cook, time's up as the ODI opener I'm afriad. What other country has an opening that scores so slowly ? Nobody.............The future lies in Ballance, Root, Butler, Jordan etc - they all look great players, as does Henry.

  • cric1965 on June 1, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    If sri lanka wants to keep Mahela in their team he should bay at No 5 or 7 until he comes to form. Otherwise he should be dropped and give that place to currently in form batsman. Number 4 player should be a match winner like Aravinda.

  • Sandun_Praneeth on June 1, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka !!! What a comeback it has been. Go ahead and get the trophy on 3rd..

  • on June 1, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    It's amazing Sri Lanka team is still winning with one weak link in the side. Hope non-performing Mahela will be dropped for at least last ODI.

  • CodandChips on June 1, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    @JG2704. I agree with your Buttler assessment. He is perhaps working his way towards the likes of Dhoni, De Villiers etc. He plays some big shots and some clever shots and runs brilliantly between the wickets. He seems to have a calm ahead. I wonder what would have happened had Tredwell the presence of mind to ensure he was run out rather than Buttler. However he won't play like that too often which is why our top order must do more. And Morgan is once again letting the side down, as he did in 2012, but once again no one notices.

    However his keeping is still a concern though improving. Hopefully his time with Lancashire while the tests vs Sri Lanka and India take place will take care of it.

  • Prabhash1985 on June 1, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. Great fight back by Butler. But it was amazing performance by Sri Lanka before that. Further, it was amazing to hear the crowd cheers, regardless of the team, for example when Priyanjan's fielding was appreciated with clap as it happened. It's nice. Mathew's gambling with Mendis over could backfire, but I thought to myself that even if we lose, this is great to see from him, that's true leadership with great confidence! Well played Lions! Why not Butler become the England captain? He is great!

  • JG2704 on June 1, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Any regular will know I'm a huge fan of Buttler in SFs

    IMO he should be moved up the order esp when behind the rate chasing bigger totals. He has a ridiculous range of shots and has exceptional power.We all know this. What I like about him most in SFs is the urgency in the running between the wickets and to me that also rubs off on the guy at the opposite end You look at Bopara's inns yesterday. If Bell,Cook,Ballance or Root were at the other end - even needing 9+ an over - I doubt he'd have scored at that pace as many of his runs were from good placement and excellent running. IMO the best other SF players in the world today are Kohli,AB + Maxwell coming through. All 3 are hugely dangerous because they don't rely purely on big hitting. They manufacture shots and run well between the wickets. Gayle is obviously one of the most ferocious hitters out there but he is also a lazy player. Buttler has a way to go but all the ingedients to be a major int player in SFs

  • Mutukisna on June 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    I think Butler deserved the Man of the Match award, at least for making a match of it after all the one-sided games we have witnessed recently. Sangakkara will not be aggrieved as he won many MOM awards in the past. Hope we have a cracker on Tuesday at Edgbaston.

  • JG2704 on June 1, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Well played SL. I must admit I didn't see the SL inns although they seemed at one point to be heading for a score of near 350 when you think of some of our death bowling. Re our inns , well it was only due to 2 players that we got anywhere near but having said that I reckon we could have got over the line had Ravi stayed in. Jordan seems to be a guy who will either hit boundaries or air shots and nothing in between. I even wonder if they may have brought in Tredwell above him just because I felt he would have been better at giving Jos the strike but I suppose that limits the boundary options. We must be more flexible with our batting order. If we were chasing a moderate score in trickier conditions then I'd say Root and Ballance at 3 or 4 would be ok but if you're chasing a 300+ score then scoring 40+ at a SR of less than 70 is severely going to damage any team's chances. At least one batsman must play expansively whether it be Root or Ballance or promoting Morgan/Jos up the order

  • on June 1, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    What an innings from the English lad! But to face the Malinga Slinga ain't an easy job.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on June 1, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    @ ksquared Formula Behind your logic is funny.is it?. If Some One Told the positive side of SL he is Sri Lankan.(He may not be a Sri Lankan at All) If Some One Telling weaknesses of SL he is Indian(Although He is genuine Sri Lankan) If I am a Indian i am not commenting SL reports instead i comment regarding IPL match Supporting Punjab.

  • on June 1, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Regardless of the criticism in this article I think that Balance has a huge future for England. He and James Taylor are the best young batsmen in the country in all forms of the game, and should be picked for England in both 50 over and Test formats. Just look at their FC/List A records. I'm excited by Buttler and hope he can deliver the consistent performances in FC cricket to justify being Matt Prior's long term replacement. Along with other young batsmen on the circuit, England's future is in good hands. I do worry a lot about the bowling prospects for the future though..

    I would just like to re-iterate that in appointing individuals like Whittaker and Downton to key roles in the ECB set-up, we're setting the foundations for failure. These two epitomise everything that is mediocre, hierarchical & spineless about English cricket. Love English cricket, despise the ECB!! Please publish and let the disgruntled ordinary fan have his voice CricInfo!!

  • on June 1, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Why should the SL selectors experiment with the openers, when Mahela and Dilshan have proven on many occasions to be a very productive opening partnership. Mahela thrives as an opener as the position calms down his initial nervy start.

  • CodandChips on June 1, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Gurney may have struggled at the death but I hope that's just the anomaly.He has been the best bowler of the Moores regime for me, better than Jordan.

    Buttler may have batted well but his keeping, though improving, is still a concern. Let him play for Lancs to develop it while the tests vs Sri Lanka and India take place.

    What also concerns me is that while England look to have found their eleven (which I disagree with), who are the other squad and back-up players? And will Anderson play in Australia? Will Broad come in? Will Hales or Vince or Taylor ever get a game? Will Woakes carry drinks forever?

  • cricket_slcsupport on June 1, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Finally a good match in the series. Simple equation, if the Sun is out on Tuesday SL win series. Mahela needs to step down from the team. He has become a passenger. At least he needs to learn from Dilshan, eventough Dishan is out of from, he's hanging around there getting some run on the board. Finally Chandimal out from the squad.

  • CodandChips on June 1, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    To be honest, we did not deserve to win. Buttler played an absolute blinder to get us to where we were. Well done the Sri Lankans.

    Once again we got close to 6 an over and once again neither Cook nor Bell scored 70 plus. They both played nicely last game but there must be some pressure on them. Buttler is not going to bat like this too often, therefore we need a different approach. 2 classy plodders followed by Yorkshire grit is not the way to go in modern ODI cricket, even in England. Let Cook and Bell focus on their red-ball games- they hardly scored bucket-loads in Australia. Moreover given that Cook and Bell will be rested from time to time, I feel we have to pick ODI players who will be available most of the time so that the side benefits from consistent selection.

    Root and Bopara were poor with the ball. I'd stick with Bopara for now as it wasn't too long ago that he was our best bowler. Tredwell looked like his old self.

  • Herath-UK on June 1, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    To be one of the playing eleven in a team that won an ICC trophy after eighteen years & contributed to its success itself makes Kusal eligible for a longer period in the team.Though he made only nineteen his two fours to Anderson in the very first over itself & the six to Gurney though small in number takes the fear factor away from the rest. It looks even if he gets out for a nought then the rest of the team gel together successfully. Give him a longer run before dropping him now.

  • ksquared on June 1, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood I guess you weren't watching these games or probably an indian fan (my guess would be the latter). You can hardly call any of the tracks so far in the series as flat there has been considerable movement off the seam and in the air as well as some bounce specially in Durham (where SL won) and even in the T20 game. Its really funny when SL win people call it a flat track even when the guy who took wickets was a fast bowler using swing and seam movement as his main weapon and SL manage to score near 300 on the same track. BTW why would ENG send SL in to bat first in 3 games if the pitches were flat as you claim?

  • on June 1, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    malinga is best

  • on June 1, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Wish Angelo Mathew doe not backout from the stumps, from the leg stump. He is too good a batsman. Ugly sight.

  • on June 1, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Superb match !! Well played both team s . Will be an exciting decider . My team for 5th ODI KJP, dilly,sanga,mayya , Mathews , priyanjan , thisara , Kule , Senanayake , mendis , slinga

  • Ramansilva on June 1, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Kusal Janith is a huge liability up in the order. Neither Kusal nor Thirimmana perform well in the opener's slot. This is a worry for SL Team. Some cricket pandits who comment here try to justify Kusal's quickfire 19 as a soild foundation for Sanga and Dilli to perform. That is funny. Is quick 19 the contribution expected from an opener. It is time to bring back Upul Tharanga.

  • on June 1, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    @ Lawton Ratnam: you're quite right. where england fall down is in thinking that four-day and test players can switch to limited-overs cricket easily. it's not the case - other countries would never contemplate having cook, bell, root and ballance in their 50-over side, so why does england? yes, hales should be playing in 50-overs games; it's only under the downton/whitaker axis, with their blinkered thinking, that he isn't. and it took the obvious innings from a man batting at number 7 to make the blindingly obvious blindingly obvious. well done, joss buttler, it was a wonderto watch

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on June 1, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Finally "Slinga Malinga" is the Difference between SL and ENG. And SL and Sanga again proved they are only Flat Track Bullies. I just feel we playing on R .Peramadasa Track with lot of sun shines. I could simple describe this in one statement. if(FastTrack) { ENG="WIN"; SL="LOST"; } else if(FlatTrack) { SL="WIN"; ENG="LOST"; } No Joy at all for this win

  • on June 1, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    After losing a match comprehensively, Sri Lanka came back hard and won the ODI match at Lords! Sri Lanka is using given opportunities to adjust their game.

    In the Past 3 years, Number of ODI matches played by a country, Sri Lanka=91,India=80,Pakistan=69,England=64,Australia=62,West Indies=61,New Zealand=45, South Africa=45, Bangladesh=36, Zimbabwe=28

    Batsman's Best averages for past 5 years in away matches (more than 30 games) Sangakkara=45.7,Tharanga=42.8,Mathews=41.3,Dilshan=40.7,Chandimal=36.8, Jayawardena=34.6

    Just have a look at the Lord's ODI, the best batsmen there were Sanga, Dilshan and Mathews. Stats has lot of things to say. If we put Tharanga in the squad, SL team would be a more balanced one.

    Sri Lanka has to get their best eleven and fine tune for them for the 2015 World cup.

  • on June 1, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Lalith kuruwita. lol yeah seems like this series has bit every possible match on it's list. Salute to Sanga and Buttler. and Buttler played one hell of an innings. but i have to say this to both teams, they should not fepend on one player to perform to extreme levels. that's a bad gamle. both teams need consistant players even if they score 30 40 run still that's better than a random batsman scoring 50. if everyone can get atleast 30 runs it's a matter of fact that one will go on to make a big score. we dun need heroes we need consistent players.... anyway good luck for the 5th match for both teams thanks for not making it a dead rubber

  • Niketh2000 on June 1, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Future England captain- Buttler vs Morgan vs Root

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 1, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    This was the real match. First was rain affcted. Second One Sided. 3rd Lopsided 4th Evenly mathed 5th will be washed out.

  • tallgrass on June 1, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    haha coach stealing engilsh on the losing end again! I've hated Malinga's attitude since he became an IPL star but he deserves to be ODI Vice Captain because he was the only one who kept his head when everyone else was losing it in the middle. What happened to all those Sanga bashers on this forum?

  • xtrafalgarx on June 1, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    @RandyOZ: They have good young players. Root, Ballance, Buttler, Stokes, Finn, Jordan and co. and they will step up soon. What will take a while to get back will be confidence, i thnk they will be a good team in about 2 years, but maybe not good enough to win the Ashes for a while.

  • on June 1, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Well done SL. I think good decition taken by selecters to opened with kusal. Even though we win da match. We have to improve our bating .we never play wel last 15 vors. Ply too many dot balls . Mahela not having good time with da bat. So selecter should use da ashan priyanjan in that position also Mathews and other batters should try to get a signal from each ball. Later part of our innings they try to ply off side and Ended up playing too many dot balls. That stage they should try may be few paddel swip. reveswip. dilscoop.if they ply wel I think we could reach 325.

  • lazyone on June 1, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    A great cricket match. SL wasted the batting powerplay due to struggling mahela. Kulasekara or senanayake should have come after dilshan's wicket. SL could have scored 320-330 after that great partnership. Thisara perera should be in the team because we are lacking a power hitter at the end of the innings. Anyway Mahela should be in the team because he rises at special occasions.

  • on June 1, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Root and Balance will no doubt be excellent batsmen in a 10 days test match and definitely not in ODIs or T20s. Cook is not captainship material and hence is batting is suffering. Hales SHOULD BE IN TEAM.

  • Prem2248 on June 1, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    More than the last over, it was the wkt of Bopara that won the match for us. Ajantha's track record as a wkt taker is far superior to any, with his loose-limbed-guided bowling and the deceptive simplicity in his variations. His career was hindered by the works of selectors to create opportunities for their favourites. A very good example for this is his remarkable bowling feat in T20 Int. match No 203 (8thAug2011)( having dropped in the previous match to make way for an henchean a time when he was the No 1 T20 Int bowler)where 2 henchmen (spinners) of selectors were taken to the cleaners by Watson &Warner; Ajantha came & took record breaking 6wkts and won the match single-handedly then again he was a star in the '11 WC though he has always been regularly overlooked (since the retirement of Murali) together with ,S'nayke,MalindaPushpakumara and many other quality Domestic bowlers to provide opportunities for a henchman to be made a leading wkt taker.

  • on June 1, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Put Buttler, Morgan or Bopara at 3rd. in the batting line up, they can keep the scoring at a faster rate than Cook, Ballance or Root. That is where the problem with England's innings came, in the early middle part of the innings arose. The run rate per over became too high to overcome Sri Lnka's total (at times 10 or more per over). Notice that there were no boundaries scored during that part of the game. Buttler, Morgan or Bopara are able to keep the run rate moving faster than Cook, Balance and Root. It's got to happen in the final game if we are to win this series that England are very capable of winning, just by changing the batting order.

  • rajithwijepura on June 1, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    To win the series on 3rd June SL need to doslme tinkering on their batting line up. To get the maximum out of Chandi he need to bat atleast on #4. Let Mahela open on what seems to be his last ODI inning in Engand. Get Thisara in to the team. Play Herath insted of Mendis. So that thebatting lineup should be Dily | Maiya | Sanga | Chandi | Thiri | Anji | Thisara | Kule | Sachi | Hera | Mali

  • SixSmasher on June 1, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    This is what happens when you have snails up the order. The best England ODI innings of all time ends in a loss when they were only set 301. Absolute joke from England. Root and Ballance wasted deliveries. Hit out or get out. Fair enough build a foundation but not at that rate. Far too slow and batted Engalnd out the game. Even 121 off 74 balls couldn't save them and that is absolutely laughable

  • on June 1, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    well played SL in the end,thanks to malinga....but it was hopeless bowling from kulasekara....he nearly cost us the match...anyway rainy cold weather is forecast for birmimngham and plus its a D/N game...so england should win that match and the series....we have less chance if no sunshines on tuesday....damn this rain and cold in england..

  • woody3 on June 1, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    One of the greatest ever innings played by an England batsman and we still lost. Watched it with my brothers, 60 odd years of league cricket experience and we were wondering if the first 25 overs of the England innings were from the 1960s. Why hales isnt playing I simply do not understand. Starting to believe that if Moores does restructure the top order it will be to Boycott, Brearley and Tavare, a good solid 30 for 0 off 20 overs appears to be gameplan, then leave the rest of the team to score at 12 an over.

  • on June 1, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Man of the match should be the person who led a team to win. SL won but loosing side got man of the match. person who batted not in his home soil and still made a century and his side won the match.

  • ground-boy on June 1, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Marvelous match. Sri Lanka were 20 runs short and narrowly defended 300 large score. Couldn't go pass the magical predicted Saturday-300 because Mathew's team rigid on an antique batting order. Why don't they have the gut feeling to promote talented youngsters in the batting order ? Russel Arnold questioned? Nobody in SL knows why? I don't know why?... Congratulations SL for keeping the series alive. SL have to fine tune everything and meet dangerous England in the final if they want to bag the serried. Order and radical replacements vital; without cementing or masons' carpentry. Great, Jos Buttler and SL team efforts gave money's worth and ....count down on for WC with the lucky 7 run win.

  • ground-boy on June 1, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Marvelous match. Sri Lanka were 20 runs short and narrowly defended 300 large score. Couldn't go pass the magical predicted Saturday-300 because Mathew's team rigid on an antique batting order. Why don't they have the gut feeling to promote talented youngsters in the batting order ? Russel Arnold questioned? Nobody in SL knows why? I don't know why?... Congratulations SL for keeping the series alive. SL have to fine tune everything and meet dangerous England in the final if they want to bag the serried. Order and radical replacements vital; without cementing or masons' carpentry. Great, Jos Buttler and SL team efforts gave money's worth and ....count down on for WC with the lucky 7 run win.

  • Cricketlover54 on June 1, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    SL showing their class. First in Aus now in Eng. Excellent century by Kumar, hopefully Sl performs again in Birmingham. Unfortunately didnt get to see Buttlers century, glad MOM went to Buttler, too many mom awards go to winning team despite the other performer doing better.

  • ruester on May 31, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    For England fans to get behind this team again, one thing must happen in my view. Remove Cook as captain, he is struggling for form and he is a very uninspiring captain. England need Cook if he is scoring runs but he hasn't for a long time. One thing the winter has taught England fans is that nobody is irreplaceable....oh except Cook that is but even with the full backing of the great Downton and Clarke a player has to make runs. let's face it, Cooks captaincy hasn't really produced the results.

  • on May 31, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Congradulations for the victory,but I feel it really belongs to the heroics of Malinga.Its poor captaincy by Mathews.Made a match which could have won by miles a cliffhanger.Buttler and Bopara came together when the score was 111 for 5.They started scoring 1's and 2's so freely and Mathews didnt have any brains to stop that by bringing in the fileders in.If he stopped the singles that would have mounted preasure on English batsmen and made them to make mistakes and sacrifice the wickets.|What is the advise the two hyped Captains(S & M)give to MAthews in this difficult situation?.But unfortunately it was not the case and the englishmen were scoring 9-10 runs runs per over without any boundries.Finally it was Malinga who was the saviour of Srilanka.Mr Selectors Please Give the Captaincy of ODI to MALINGA who lead from the front.I think he has the cricketing brains and Mathew can learn from Malinga .Please drop Mahela and bring in Thisara in Place of him.Mahela is a persitant failure

  • fifth_ump on May 31, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Should've given the MOM award to Malinga. This is not to takeaway any credit from Buttler's innings. But we have moved away from the practice of awarding MOM to anyone on the losing side. If a team won a game, there must be a man instrumental for it.

  • Herath-UK on May 31, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    In both games where England won, weather was a massive contributing factor helping England.Given level playing field Sri Lanka win even on difficult pitches as in Durham.The batsmen of Aus India,SA have better averages in England because they never play in May & June. Sanga showed that how Sri Lanka can thrive if ECB give them tours in the summer. ECB please note at least to involve Sri Lanka in ODI series in the summer in future.

  • on May 31, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    "Jos Buttler produced arguably England's greatest one-day innings" Disagree, Andrew Strauss 154 vs india in the 2011 world cup was the best century by an english batsman I have seen. That too while england were chasing 338 IN india

  • Navaidzuberi on May 31, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    I don't understand why Tredwell didn't sacrifice his wicket when Buttler was run out. He should at least gave Butter outside chance of winning by facing last 2 deliveries. Considering his hitting today, he could have won the match on those last 2 balls. Simply poor cricket from Tredwell.

  • dunger.bob on May 31, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    That was an interesting game. England looked no-hope at the 25 over mark so to get within 7 runs was an excellent come back. Great knock by Butler. He's got something that bloke. .. Beautiful play by Sanga though. He truly is a class act. I agree with @ Roshan_P. It was the wides that killed England. Far too many.

  • lionspaw on May 31, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    WOOW what an innings from Josh Buttler!!! Thoroughly deserved to be the Man of the Match. Sanga played a brilliant innings too, but Josh Butler was the one who made the match so tight. Brilliant performance from both the teams and looking forward to another exciting thriller on Tuesday!!!

  • rizwan1981 on May 31, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Naina Goberdhan - I am a Sri Lankan but I think Butler deserved the award - I recall Aravinda was chosen as the Man of the Match for a brilliant century playing for Kent though his team lost to Lancashire-The English can be quirky in their decision - making but they are scrupulously fair .

    It was a fantastic match and Malinga once again proved he is the best death bowler in the world .

  • on May 31, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Okay, so I know that Chandimal is not exactly in the best form in the world, but the SL team has not exactly made it easy for him to get back in form. He bats best at 4, but in recent time, he has batted at 7. And yet, batting far below his comfort zone, he has easily outscored the man who is batting currently at 4; Jayawardene. Rewind back to the last 15-20 matches these two have played. Mahela has scored one fifty at an average of more or less 20. Chandimal has scored 2 fifties, a few 40s, and a handful of 20s and 30s, at an average of over 25. I think Mahela should be dropped or rested and let Chandimal bat at 4; he averages nearly 40 batting at 4. The one time he did bat up the order, when the seniors were rested, he scored a fluent 60+ score. Unlike players like Kusal, Thisara or Kulasekara, Chandimal needs time to build on innings, he is an accumulator and strokemaker, not a basher or slogger. That's why he has been successful when he comes in early. Next game, Mahela out, DC in.

  • gahapanmachan on May 31, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Brilliant innings by Sanga & Butler but what a performance by that man Malinga in this easy pitch. Wreck English innings at the top & did it again at the depth. I cannot fathom how he did not get the MOM. Butler was great but he had license to do it with nothing to lose & that's why Cook said he is not ready for tests. Sanga's match winning innings was better under the circumstances. Anyway, that's how we do it at England hey? Hope both teams will do another blinder in the 5th.

  • sanathputha on May 31, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Haats off Jos! You have been an unsung hero in many occasions in the past and duly recognized this time. l also want to see Eoin to do the same. However at the end Srilanka and specially Angelo deserved this win.Also nice to see Dilshan is continuing to be among runs while Kumar is showing his class as an accomplished stroke maker.

  • on May 31, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Jeewaka Kulasekara was one of the best opening bowler......we can't loose him although we must give him some chances.. his performance in recent matches were low but there are bad days for a bowler.....so let's give him some chances to get back where he was..( although what u ar saying is really true...)

  • wnwn on May 31, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Poor batting from Root and Balance, using up half the overs to get just over 80 runs which took the required run rate from 6 to 10 and the match was over at that stage.

  • on May 31, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    bopara and butler what an excellent partnership that was,they finding the gaps very well and running between wicket is awesome.....welldone sri lankens...proud abt my country

  • YsaKaru on May 31, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    excellent batting by buttler and excellent balling by malinga....... Also poor captaincy by mathews as well.........to be honest buttler deserved that MOM award......hopefully mathews and co. will learn from their mistakes..... GOOD LUCK SL BOYS!!!!!

  • cheguramana on May 31, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    Jos Buttler was deservedly MoM. Great innings ! But overall the England team does not appear to be posing a threat to any team at WC 2015.

  • WTEH on May 31, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Strange selection of MOM. Sanga and Malinga produced the match winning performances. And MOM goes to the English player who falls short. Why not give the MOM to the umpire. He also did a splendid job.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 31, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Fantastic hard-faught game, and finally both teams showing what they're more than capable of. Not too disgruntled with the end result; Malinga is one of the best ODI bowlers I've ever seen, so I don't understand all the jibes at Cook (especially when it needed a review to even send him off), and there was simply too much left to do in the death overs despite Buttler's heroics. A bit too slow from Root and Ballance in the middle, but spinners like Mendis and Senanayake can really choke the scoring like that. Respect to Sangakkara and Dilshan; even some Sri Lanka fans were losing faith in the veterans.

  • Herath-UK on May 31, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    What an excellent performance by the two Sri Lankan stalwarts Sanga & Malinga that brought a thrilling win despite a good English fight back. The English seemed to have got a bit emotional to give MOM to Butler though they are usually not so. Two great innings by two batsmen but it was Malinga's contribution that sealed the match derailing England at the front & getting Butler out in the death over. Malinga is as Butler conceded the world's best bowler by a mile. Sri Lanka now seemed to have got the superb knack of winning out of very tight situations. Best Luck Sri Lanka for the final!

  • andrew27994 on May 31, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka. It was a well deserved win but extraordinary performance by Buttler. I'd say this knock is better than any of the knocks made in IPL 2014. To score a 100 with a S.R of 160l and at a stage when the team requires over 170 runs with only 20 overs left and only the lower order left is phenomenal. The best thing about that innings was that he wasn't banking on boundaries alone but ran very well between the wickets along with Ravi. This lad has been England's best batsmen this year and I think he has been left too much to do at the end. Top order need to take more responsibility and anchor the innings like Sangakkara did for SL.

  • HFernando on May 31, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Talent vs Intelligent Cricket: There are many talented cricketers in the world, today, yet not all of them are intelligent. If I take SL'n side: Mahela, Dilshan, Kumar, Mathews, Lasith....all of them are talented players. BUT in the batting department, the only intelligent player is the classy Kumar. In his today's century (started very slow) but passed the strike rate over 100. The success was intelligent batting rather than seeking his luck to play the reverse sweep or scoop. On contrary, Dilshan was seeking his luck for 6 times (to play the scoop shot), but was able to connect only twice and only 33% luck. There was absolutely no need of a risky shot just at the begining of the power play where he could have earned many more runs together with Kumar just rotating the strike. This was what David Gower, Ian Botham and co discussing in the commentary box. Question is, when will Dilshan learn? this is not the 1st time he got out as clumsy as today! No batting advisers in the SL camp?

  • BDKu on May 31, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    SL should have won this match easily. If you analyse the partnership between Bopara and Buttler there were far too many 2s that were given easily that enabled Butler to regain strike. He was mainly hitting on the V and SL fielders could not cover because bad field placement and not being quick enough

  • RandyOZ on May 31, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    England got lucky to get anywhere near them, with Butler saving them from a hiding to nothing. They really are in for a long, long time in the doldrums.

  • HFernando on May 31, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Intelligent Cricket! SL made 3 intelligent moves to win this game narrowly! If SL made the 4th and/or 5th move intelligently they would have win the game much easily. Here the the good moves they made to comeback in to the series.

    1) Bringing Kusal Perera to the opening slot. 2) Move Therimane, down the line, to no. 5. 3) Resting out of from Dinesh Chandimal. The fourth intelligent move SL would have done was: 4) Rest out of Form Mahela Jayawardne (MJ). Give the opportunity to another. If SL'n selectors and/or captain wanted the experience MJ's presence in the team, the mistake captain Angelo Mathews (AM) did was sending, OUT OF FORM, MJ at a crucial moment to bat (at the start of the 2nd batting power play). So the 5th intelligent move AM could do was to send someone who is in form. MJ is the most out of form batsmen in the team. AM, Ashan or even Thirimane would have been the options. Russel Arnold made the same remark during his commentary that SL shouldn't have sent MJ at no.

  • KANCHANA623 on May 31, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Well played lions. Wow.... Yet another final. It's true that Kula went for few runs today. Anyways as Butler mentioned @ the presentation his 49th over caused the panic in the England chase. I'm sure Kula will come back and put a good show in the grand finale.

  • buncers on May 31, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    I don't understand how Butler get MOM from the losing side. Malinga won that match for Sri Lanka. No other bowler in the world could have snatched that victory from England. Malinga should be MOM - stats aren't everything.

  • on May 31, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Sanga is awesome today. He really is an all time great! Others pls learn from him.I've seen Bradman Sachin and Sanga...that's enough for me!

  • Sinhaya on May 31, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Congratulations and well played both teams indeed. Great fightback by Buttler and Bopara and at last we saw a thrilling game in this lopsided ODI series. Lets hope that the Tuesday's game will go down to the wire too. Bowling attacks of both teams has weaknesses and need to be addressed.

    Sri Lanka must drop Mahela for the next game as he has only 1 fifty from the last 18 ODI innings as it is time he quits ODI cricket. High time Thisara Perera or Chaturanga De Silva is given a place instead. No point talking about Upul Tharanga or Kithuruwan Vithanage as they are not in the squad at all.

    Senanayake is a useful slogger that he must be sent at no. 6 as per the situation so that he can improve his batting. If the Edgbaston pitch is not spin friendly, Thisara must play. Angelo was economical but he bowled less than desired. Kulasekara was persisted with too much even after coming under a lot of stick by Buttler.

    Glad that the full sellout crowd had a great time witnessing a cracker.

  • Jaffa79 on May 31, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    One of the best ODI knocks for England I can remember! Shame Buttler and Ravi got little support. Whilst a thrilling encounter (complete opposite to the other ODIs! this series!) it does really encapsulate England's ODI problems. We really lack penetrative bowling in the middle overs and Cook lets the game drift too much. Batting wise, we are very plodding in the middle overs and rely on fireworks from Buttler or Morgan or sometimes Ravi too much. I know Hales's stats aren't great in domestic cricket but he can take attacks on and score quickly at the top, which will be vital in Aus. He needs a look, as does Vince who is a highly talented strokemaker. I really don't get why Root is so bulletproof? He needs to start playing forward! How often in the last year has he been out hanging back on the back foot to balls pitched up? I am also not that impressed by Ballance who doesn't move his feet at all. Cook, Hales, Vince, Bell, Morgan, Buttler, Bopara, Broad, Jordan, Anderson, Tredders.

  • Roshan_P on May 31, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Actually Buttler and Jordan should have made better use of the penultimate over, and Jordan was very poor today in bowling and batting. If he hadn't have given away 8 wides England would have won. While a solid, sound batsman is useful for the top-order, we also need someone powerful and destructive and Alex Hales fits the bill perfectly. Cook should be dropped for him. Woakes could come in so that England have the all-rounder option.

  • AS7777 on May 31, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    I think Micheal Vaughan is the most pleased man today after his comment on twitter saying "I will run home naked if Sri Lanka lose from here.." Hats off to Jos Buttler for his brilliant innings and its looks like SL never going to learn from past mistakes they did and allowing the opposite team to milking the ball around rather than tightening the grip. Sad but again Mahela failed and batting order has to be change definitely if SL lanka wants to prevent losing the momentum.

  • Roshan_P on May 31, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Cook is looking really bad, he needs to get back to basics I think to recover his form and Alex Hales should come in. Also I think the captaincy should be given to someone else. Ian Bell for Tests maybe, and Eoin Morgan for ODIs and T20s. The batting today was not bad with Buttler standing out. It shows England have at least got some bottle. But their bowling today wasn't great, with far too many extras. If we didn't concede any wides or no-balls we would have won, and the bowling was not accurate enough in some parts.

  • Somya7 on May 31, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    disappointed with England top 4. why playing with such defensive approach. if dey were not able to score boundaries , y not play like bopara with such excellent strike rate even though he scored just 1 boundary .

    KP and Owais Shah need to get in. i do not want balance in squad . very sticky at crease. bizarre foot moment and absolutely bad against spin.

    my england odi XI with Extras -

    COOK , BELL , ROOT , KP , MORGAN , BUTTLER (WK) , BOPARA , JORDAN , BROAD , TREDWELL , ANDERSON (C) .

    EXTRAS - OWAIS SHAH , G.BATTY , FINN , ALEX HALES .

  • SL_rockz on May 31, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    A great knock by Kumar Sangakkara... I believe he has given the arm chair critics who has been blindly underestimating his career boasting his avg and runs in ENG. SO Please people here after donot come with those reasons ...You have been answered with BAT.... Well played Butler also.. Turned the game . But as long as Malinga is there no one can pass him to victory...

  • Jeewaka9999 on May 31, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    First of all thanks both Sanga and malinga for winning this match for us. But credit should go to specially Butler and Bopara for marvellous batting. I think it is time for us to replace Kulasekara with real fast bowler. Bcoz Kulasekara doesn't hv pace. He only perform when there is a swing. Otherwise he is very vulnerable. He also bowls low full tosses in the final overs. He rarely perform well. So we do unfair to other good fast bowlers by allowing Kulasekara to play. It is time to give more opportunity for Lakmal and Shaminda. Before this series he took 161 wickets in 147 ODI. That is 1 wk per match. That is not enough. I think we should find a fast bowler who at least hv 1.5 wkt per match rate. Please selectors don't include him in the test squad otherwise it will make unfair for another real fast bowler.

  • on May 31, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Just wondering why Butler was selected as MOM instead of Sanga who also scored a century for the wining team?????

  • Roleplay on May 31, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Poms would now know why batting is very important to bring in crowds.Crowds love 4s and 6s not some lame cricket played in the last 2 ODI's.Have to say Butler is a great find for England.But they miss the point with their odi batting line up.Just compare the batting line ups of the world like india,australia,sri lanka,south africa you will find atleast 2 dangerous batsman in top four which the opposition is scared of but not in england batting line up.They should bring in Alex Hales coz whatever T20 innings i have seen he doesn't do any blind slogging but waits for his right time and then goes big.England already have a destructive player in lower middle order in the form of Butler all they need is one at the top of the order so that they don't always fall short like they have in recent times.England have so many county teams can't they find one decent attacking opener for the odi format or are they just finding ways to draw away the crowds by playing bell and cook as openers.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on May 31, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Interesting match and an excellent innings by Buttler but with just 12 runs from the last 2 overs with 4 wickets in hand I suppose it will go down as a mini-choke.

  • rajcan on May 31, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    SL already lost the series when they didn't choose Upul Tharanga as the opener and playing Mahela.

    Mahela's stats against England is very very poor, including the last series.

    Best opener in the condition was not chosen.

  • on May 31, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Dreadfully insipid batting from England. Slow, static and painfully robotic in decent conditions.

  • xtrafalgarx on May 31, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    If i were an England fan, i would be starting to really worry about Alistair Cook. He had been a great player for the past few years, but his form slump has been far too long for a player who was considered one of the world's top three batsmen. Even as an Australian fan, i was starting to root for Cook a bit to actually score some runs and prove he is a good player still, but he looks so down on form and himself, it's hard to see him EVER getting back to the form he once was in to be honest.

    I was a bit optimistic about England's revival, I still want them to be a good cricket nation - just not better than Australia. However, if I'm brutally honest, this series has shown me that they are long, long way from ever being a good ODI team at least, to be confident enough to chase down a 300+ score, it seems a world away. The good news is that Root and Ballance look okay, but gee wiz, If you thought Australia's rebuild was bad, strap yourselves in.

  • on May 31, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    England must play home games in the winter... Then they can win all their series..

  • Blade-Runner on May 31, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Its quite funny how some armchair critics who have probably never touched a cricket bat analyse Kusal's batting. lol Today his quickfire 19 helped Sanga 'n Dilshan a lot to play themselves in without worrying about the RR. Kusal does what the team requires him to do - a blazing start. Some ppl do need to pull up their socks.

  • ruester on May 31, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Master class from Sanga on how to build an ODI innings. Cook fails again, still can't understand why he is in the ODI side as an opener. If we are just pretending to build for a World Cup fine, we will take the cautious approach and win at home with Cook and. Bell type batters at the top. if we actually want to win a World Cup in Australia. I believe we might need a bit more firepower than Cook. Hales springs to mind.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on May 31, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    I am Sure SL will win this .Becoz Eng are poor chasers. That not mean this total is unreachable.

  • Champagne_Cricket on May 31, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Its baffles the hell out of me as to why SL is persisting with Jayawardena. Its seems rather than form and giving an opportunity to a younger cricketer, old allegiances (with Jayasuriya) seems to be the only reason for MJs survival. He has turned out to be such a selfish person. A young bloke like Chandimal had the guts to step down (in T20 WC) for the benefit of the team but MJ keeps hanging on. He should retire from ODIs as well and just focus on Tests. I mean seriously, does he really think that he can be part of the ODI WC in 2015?

  • on May 31, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    It was Kusals quick burst at the top that allowed Sanga and Dilshan to go slow in the beginning and yet have a rate of 4.5 @ the end of the powerplay.. I think the way the article mentions Kusals innings is unfair

  • Democracy000 on May 31, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Forget chandimal guys........ he had enough chances. Give chance to kithruwan.... priyanjan... or any new comer, mahela & chandimal should prove them self, they are good enough to come back.

  • priceless1 on May 31, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    when ever Dilly and Sanga are able to score some runs SL batting looks good and more often than not they pose a good total , but when ever those two fails SL batting exposes ( like is the last game )

  • Molligoda on May 31, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    sri lankan captain and management has to think twice about mahela's contributions in recent past..its been really unfair for young players with the role mahela playing..he is not letting sri lanka loose,,he is spoiling the young talent by not letting them playing in middle overs..i cant understand why cant sri lanka drop mahela when he is continously failing..

  • cric1965 on May 31, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Mahela should be dropped and Chandimal should give no 4 position to bat.Mahela should have taken singles and give sanga to bat instead he tried to go for big shot at once.He is not in good form also.Mahela is a passenger in Sri Lanka team now. His past 400 odi records do not matter. Need current form.

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    At his current form I don't think Mahela deserves his place in the playing 11 over Chandimal! Also Mahela's out of form stretches are getting bit too consistent for my liking....

  • Roshan_P on May 31, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    300 is a good score. Now we need England to bat well and we have the players to do it, but do we have the bottle? Not great bowling, and going in with only 4 bowlers makes me think why not play Chris Woakes. Good with the bat and is a decent seam bowler, so I think he should get a go. Take one of the out-of-form batsmen off for him.

  • VikumHerath on May 31, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    A horrid hack across the line against Harry Gurney ! There goes AGAIN WITHIN 5.1 OVERS with the solitary display of his one & only Slog to the leg..across the line.! POOR SANGA DOING THE OPENER'S ROLE with Dilly.!!! As usual, actual work-horses are pulling the load.

  • on May 31, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    I guess it's a good batting track even 320 is chase able in lords.

  • on May 31, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Not playing Thisara Perera in an ODI is a grave mistake.

  • LankaPuthra on May 31, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka make hay (only) when the sun shines! Go Lanka!!!

  • Pindia on May 31, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Nice to see a legend make hay in the Lords Sunshine: match-winning knock from Sanga!!!

  • Roleplay on May 31, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Sanga scoring against dollies of root and bopara......some mediocre cricket.....

  • Sinhaya on May 31, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Also, I feel Thisara Perera must open batting once Dilshan quits. In T20s the best opening pair would be Seekkuge Prasanna and Thisara Perera. In tests the best opening combination would be Kaushal Silva and Thirimanne. For ODIs the ideal openers after Dilshan's retirement would be Kusal Perera and Kithuruwan Vithanage.

  • Sinhaya on May 31, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Well Kusal tried a bit too many today. I guess Priyanjan and Dilshan should open and Kusal must come at number 3. Sanga must come at 4 and Thirimanne must come at 5. Time for Mahela to quit ODIs to make way for Vithanage who can bowl too. I am glad we lost the 3rd ODI aa it was a great lesson for not playing Vithanage. I am stunned after his T20 heroics as to why he was not retained for ODIs. For tests, Vithanage must play instead of Chandimal.

  • CodandChips on May 31, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    I like the balance of the Sri Lankan batting line-up. Kusal opening plays shots. Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sangakarra to bat through, but can also score quickly and play shots, unlike Cook and Bell for England. Perhaps instead of Thirimanne they need more of a finisher, though arguably after their recent struggles they need more middle-order stability.

    I think England should try and have a batting line-up of similar style. Hales could play shots at the top. Lumb to open can play shots or bat through. Taylor at 3 would be the rock, and can easily clear the ropes come overs 35+. Then at 4 you could have somebody who can play as a finisher or add stability if needed, like James Vince or Joe Root (perhaps more Vince). Morgan at his preferred 5 to captain. Buttler at 6. Then the bowlers.

    David Willey could get a go in the future. His batting in this T20 Blast has been excellent. Hopefully he becomes fit enough to bowl soon.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 31, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    I was just about to have a rant at Cook for not bringing on Jordan, but here he is! Dilshan getting settled here so need him out asap... Carry on Cook...

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    kitruwan shud b tried as a opener wit dilly..

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 31, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    The Oldies are ruining the team, all of them are slow batsmen and don;t seem to rotate the strike, Dilshan's not timing it, sanga playing test , mahela very inconsistant. Destroying the team.

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Sanga really need u to play a blinder here Been waiting 4 too long!!!

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Once again KP shines and falls nw da seniors really have to shine

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Thisara Perera also seriously need to be added to the playing 11, i think Ajuntha Mendis would not do anything special at this stage,selectors must consider much on quick scores like Tisara Perera, Kusala Perera cames in for 11 is a positive sign, cannot expect much from Mahela Jayawardhana since he do only batting if he not score around 50 runs average from previous matches it's better give that chance to another specialist batsman or all-rounder,

    Another suggestion selectors should have thought about Upul Tharanga since he has a impressive batting records as a opening batsman in England, we won ODI 5/nill in England specially Upul Tharanga bated up-front the reason is batsman who has a little foot moments like Tharanga they hilly success in fast & bouncing pitches in England, batsman s who like to bat on front foot very had to bat on England that is what has happened to all our top batting line up.Looking forward to win this game....

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 31, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Finally... Mendis back, Perera opening, and Thirimanne shifted back down into the middle where he belongs. If England's batsmen turn up today, this should be a close and exciting game.

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win today. Like the team today selected for the game. this is good around team for Sri Lanka

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  • on May 31, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win today. Like the team today selected for the game. this is good around team for Sri Lanka

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 31, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Finally... Mendis back, Perera opening, and Thirimanne shifted back down into the middle where he belongs. If England's batsmen turn up today, this should be a close and exciting game.

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Thisara Perera also seriously need to be added to the playing 11, i think Ajuntha Mendis would not do anything special at this stage,selectors must consider much on quick scores like Tisara Perera, Kusala Perera cames in for 11 is a positive sign, cannot expect much from Mahela Jayawardhana since he do only batting if he not score around 50 runs average from previous matches it's better give that chance to another specialist batsman or all-rounder,

    Another suggestion selectors should have thought about Upul Tharanga since he has a impressive batting records as a opening batsman in England, we won ODI 5/nill in England specially Upul Tharanga bated up-front the reason is batsman who has a little foot moments like Tharanga they hilly success in fast & bouncing pitches in England, batsman s who like to bat on front foot very had to bat on England that is what has happened to all our top batting line up.Looking forward to win this game....

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Once again KP shines and falls nw da seniors really have to shine

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Sanga really need u to play a blinder here Been waiting 4 too long!!!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 31, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    The Oldies are ruining the team, all of them are slow batsmen and don;t seem to rotate the strike, Dilshan's not timing it, sanga playing test , mahela very inconsistant. Destroying the team.

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    kitruwan shud b tried as a opener wit dilly..

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 31, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    I was just about to have a rant at Cook for not bringing on Jordan, but here he is! Dilshan getting settled here so need him out asap... Carry on Cook...

  • CodandChips on May 31, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    I like the balance of the Sri Lankan batting line-up. Kusal opening plays shots. Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sangakarra to bat through, but can also score quickly and play shots, unlike Cook and Bell for England. Perhaps instead of Thirimanne they need more of a finisher, though arguably after their recent struggles they need more middle-order stability.

    I think England should try and have a batting line-up of similar style. Hales could play shots at the top. Lumb to open can play shots or bat through. Taylor at 3 would be the rock, and can easily clear the ropes come overs 35+. Then at 4 you could have somebody who can play as a finisher or add stability if needed, like James Vince or Joe Root (perhaps more Vince). Morgan at his preferred 5 to captain. Buttler at 6. Then the bowlers.

    David Willey could get a go in the future. His batting in this T20 Blast has been excellent. Hopefully he becomes fit enough to bowl soon.

  • Sinhaya on May 31, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Well Kusal tried a bit too many today. I guess Priyanjan and Dilshan should open and Kusal must come at number 3. Sanga must come at 4 and Thirimanne must come at 5. Time for Mahela to quit ODIs to make way for Vithanage who can bowl too. I am glad we lost the 3rd ODI aa it was a great lesson for not playing Vithanage. I am stunned after his T20 heroics as to why he was not retained for ODIs. For tests, Vithanage must play instead of Chandimal.