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ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the 4th ODI
May 31, 2014
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 ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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