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

Root thinks differently to down Dilshan

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the 4th ODI

Tackle of the day

Maybe Joe Root's motto should be if you can't get them out take them out. His flooring of Tillakaratne Dilshan was entirely accidental - Root was going for the ball and got into a tangle with Dilshan's legs - but it could well have played a part in Dilshan's dismissal. He needed treatment to his ankle after being crunched by Root, his legs getting trapped under Root's body as they both ended up in a heap at the crease. It also cost Sri Lanka a single and an over later Dilshan fell to James Anderson.

Trio of the day

Playing yourself in can be underrated these days. Kumar Sangakkara took 13 balls to open his account and was not middling much in the early stage of his innings. But then, facing Root, he collected a hat-trick of boundaries. Twice he used his feet to loft him down the ground and then he pierced the offside with another drive. He was up and running.

Unusual sight of the day

In almost every instance of an uncertain catch referred to the TV umpire the decision comes back as not out, so it was something of a surprise when Gary Ballance's low grab at short fine-leg off Lahiru Thirimanne went the other way. Ballance had made it clear he was not sure over the catch and the England players were back in their fielding positions when the third umpire, Chris Gaffaney gave the decision.

Mix-up of the day

You would like to think that Root and Ballance would have a good understanding batting together, both playing their county cricket for Yorkshire. For a moment during their laboured stand of 84 it did not look like that when, with the total on 50, Ballance cut to point and both batsmen ended up in the middle of pitch. Sri Lanka could have run out either, but managed neither.

Gap of the day

England believe they have the right mix of batsmen in their one-day line-up. Sometimes it does look that way, but this run chase was not one of those occasions. From the ninth over until the 31st - 130 deliveries to be precise - they did not manage to hit a boundary, chasing a score of 300.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Patchmaster on June 2, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    The top order of ENG batting were responsible for losing this game. Scoring slowly has obviously being given the 'ok' by ENG management - ever when chasing 300 ! Ridiculous.

  • dummy4fb on June 1, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Dilshan,s mishap and dismissal reminiscent of 2011 at the same ground, dismissed for 194 after a thumb battering. Hope England wouldn't adapt it as a tactic in dealing with Dilshan

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 1, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    No mention of the 'Dilscoops'? Dilshan unleashed at least three of them against Anderson - very clever play because Anderson had taken away fine leg. But Anderson had the last laugh when he out-thought Dilshan and slipped in the yorker. There was no scooping that one, and stumps went flying. Great little battle to watch.

  • jmcilhinney on June 1, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    I didn't see the first part of England's innings so I'm not sure what the bowling was like when Root and Ballance were batting. It's all very well saying that a batsman should get on with it but if they're not feeling it then that may just not be possible. With all that in mind, maybe it would have been to England's benefit if one of the two had been run out on that mix-up.

  • dummy4fb on May 31, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    Congratulations SL and hard luck England. It was a great cricket encounter that both teams had the chance to win. Sri Lanka should drop Mahela for the next game as he is totally out of form and bring back Tissara. He can play a cameo when chasing... Good Luck for the deciding game Sri Lanka. Win the RUBBER!!

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