England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Edgbaston June 3, 2014

SL claim series amid Senanayake controversy

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Sri Lanka 222 for 4 (Thirimanne 60*, Jayawardene 53) beat England 219 (Cook 54, Malinga 3-50) by six wickets
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Jos Buttler was run out at the non-striker's end by Sachithra Senanayake after leaving the crease early

Anyone who thought that Sachithra Senanayake being reported to the ICC for a suspect bowling action might be a cue for Sri Lanka to excuse him from duty, and the added attention it would bring, did not reckon with the player himself. Figures of 1 for 36, including the wicket of England's top-scorer, Alastair Cook, were just one thread of Sri Lanka's series-clinching six-wicket win but, by running out Jos Buttler while the batsman was backing up, Senanayake ensured that the narrative would be wound around him.

Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne scored half-centuries as Sri Lanka kept cool in an atmosphere that was simultaneously heated and damp. England's bowlers, in particular James Tredwell and James Anderson, managed to ratchet up the asking rate but some business-like thumping from Angelo Mathews, who had to contend with a commentary from the fielding side over his role in Buttler's dismissal, sealed victory and another fortifying series triumph ahead of the Tests.

Mathews had earlier expressed his disappointment over Senanayake's situation - he is required to undergo biomechanical testing within the next 20 days - but Sri Lanka's capacity for turning adversity in their favour is well known. A comparable incident came during the triangular Carlton & United series in 1999, when Arjuna Ranatunga led his players off at Adelaide Oval after Ross Emerson no-balled Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing. England were again on the losing side, Sri Lanka chasing down a target of 303 with one wicket and two balls to spare.

As then, an offspinner with a controversial action was central to the drama. Having twice stopped in his delivery stride during the 42nd over to warn the batsmen - both Buttler and Chris Jordan - for backing up too far, Senanayake followed through on the threat in the 44th, turning slowly to break the wicket with Buttler a yard or so down the pitch.

The umpires consulted Mathews, Sri Lanka's captain, and he nodded his assent in upholding the appeal. That meant the first instance of 'Mankading' in international cricket since Peter Kirsten's innings was ended by Kapil Dev in such a manner during an ODI between South Africa and India in 1992.

There was predictable hostility from the crowd, even without suspicions over the legality of his bowling, but Senanayake was within his rights to make the appeal; the ICC changed its playing conditions in 2011 to allow bowlers to run out a batsman backing up at any point prior to releasing the ball, rather than before entering his delivery stride, as the MCC Laws state.

Buttler's dismissal, alongside creating a potential flashpoint, deprived England of their firestarter-in-chief for the closing overs of the innings. Although each of the top eight made it into double figures, no one could go beyond Cook's stodgy 56, as they were bowled out for 219 with 11 deliveries remaining. Despite losing 3 for 7 in 21 balls and having to contend with the threat of rain throughout, Sri Lanka were not greatly taxed in overhauling their target.

The openers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera, raised 50 together in the seventh over but Tredwell's introduction briefly threatened to turn the match. His second ball was crashed by Dilshan to cover, where Joe Root took a fabulous diving catch, before a pearler two overs later straightened on Kumar Sangakkara to clip the outside edge and be taken at slip. Kusal's dismissal, lbw to Anderson, left Sri Lanka 62 for 3 but England were left to regret a missed opportunity off Jayawardene when the batsman had 8 - a thick edge flying between Buttler and Jordan at slip - as a fourth-wicket stand of 98 carried the game away from them.

Cook reversed one of the trends of the series on winning the toss at Edgbaston, becoming the first captain to choose to bat. The innings began in watery sunlight, though gloom enveloped the ground as the afternoon wore on and the floodlights were required earlier than expected. The start of Sri Lanka's innings was then delayed by drizzle.

A 76-run opening stand provided England with the foundation they set so much store by but no other partnership was worth 30 , as the batsmen battled to score on a surface that was tackier than a velour leopard-print tracksuit. Cook hauled along the tumbrel of England's innings in familiar, dogged fashion, scoring his first ODI half-century in almost a year but, having reached 50 from 69 balls, he throttled back even further, partly in response to wickets falling, before being caught behind trying to sweep Senanayake for 56 from 84.

As England subsided, doddering to a premature end from an initially promising position of 98 for 1, a player they have so far overlooked in one-day cricket was making a more positive statement elsewhere. Alex Hales' 96-ball Championship hundred for Nottinghamshire, which he extended to 167 from 133, may turn out to be the most significant knock of the day, should England finally decide their World Cup strategy needs revision.

With the series locked at 2-2 and both sides in search of a decisive advantage, Mathews turned to Senanayake in the sixth over, perhaps as a public show of support for the unorthodox spinner. His first ball was toe-ended for four through gully by Cook but his composure and control did not desert him, even with the additional scrutiny, a five-over spell costing just 18 despite coming during the period of fielding restrictions.

Mathews was able to get through a few cheap overs from Dilshan and Ashan Priyanjan, the latter picking up Root, and the captain later brought himself on to good effect, having Eoin Morgan caught in the deep as wickets fell regularly.

England took the batting Powerplay at the earliest opportunity, suggesting a show of intent, but Mathews, fronting up in turn, bowled his spinners throughout and he was rewarded when Ian Bell chipped a return catch to Ajantha Mendis. Bell's innings was something of a curate's egg and he should have been taken on 18, when Mahela Jayawardene seemed to misjudge a straightforward catch above his head at midwicket, off a Nuwan Kulasekara legcutter.

Lasith Malinga was the next to strike, with England making seemingly comfortable progress at around five runs an over. They had hit the buffers long before Senanayake stepped into the full glare of the spotlight but that did not stop words being exchanged between the captains at the end. The Test series could be interesting.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick

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  • on June 7, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    From an "impartial" Aussie, if such is possible. Butler and Jordan were both warned aginst backing up to far in the bowler's previous over. He did the sporting thing and gave both of them a chance each. In my opinion, leaving the crease before the ball is bowled is either (1) cheating, in which case if shown, any run scored from it should be discounted, or (2) ligitimate, but then you take the chance of being out of your crease and dismissed, as was the case here and is part of the RULES. Don't criticise when you try to gain and advantage and it backfires. It's not Senanayake who brings the game into question, Butler should have taken the warning as a nice gesture and not tried agin. Having being caught out again & punished, shutting up and wearing it is the appropriate response from him, his captain and those who don't read the rules.

  • Vodi81 on June 6, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    What if Sena didnt run him out and warned him another time, Will buttler stay in his crease? Its all in the game. We also need to realize that walking when you know the ball hit your glove lifts the sprit of the game, Some tend to forget it

  • on June 6, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    It's not just a win, it's how you win. Bell's run out as he was walking to tea a few years ago (reinstated by Dhoni) was an example of the right thing to do. It was also a pivotal moment, and Dhoni went on to lose the Test. Mankading Buttler was the wrong thing to do. Keep control of your emotions. It's how you play as well as the result. Otherwise, go do something else. SL may have been the better side and could have won anyway (Eng are at a low point in their trajectory). In their quieter moments, they probably all realise this was not a good look, and not good for cricket.

  • on June 6, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    England can never talk about the spirit of the game. If the way Butler got out is not within the cricket rules and regulations the umpires should not give him out. About the spirit of the game the worst act in this England/Sri Lanka series is hiring the Sri Lanka coach as assistant coach just before the beginning of this series by England. No one is talking about this third grade act. Understand why Sri Lankans did not talk about this point. Its just because they did not want to make this a big issue before the beginning of the series.They did not want to upset the good vibrations or the spirit of the game.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 6, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    How is it in the spirit of cricket to cut down the number of yards you will need to run by stepping out of the crease when you are not supposed to, even by a mm? How is it lacking in spirit to send such an unfair batsman back to the pavilion? And what's with the umpires getting on high horses and demonizing the bowlers who appeal, as though this is unfair? The umpires need to get proper training. A batsman taking unfair advantage was rightly shown his place. End of story. Don't look at it as a Brit or a Sri Lankan. Unfair advantage is not on, be it a batsman or a bowler. Is it ok if bowlers tamper the ball to gain an unfair advantage? Is it ok if bowlers overstep the crease by a mm, let alone a yard and a half? Batsman cannot be out for that mm overstep by the bowler and the next thing you see is a free-hit - play as you want and you cannot be out. Isn't it shameful that we all have been mute spectators to these kinds of step-motherly rules? People on high horses - are you all serious?

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 5, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    I expected better from SL. This happened once during my local cricket & it caused the only fight ive ever seen between cricket teams! The overall loser here is cricket.

  • on June 4, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Better team won the series. Everything else is just a bunch of distractions, just concentrate on the stuff that matters.

    Congratulations, Sri Lanka! England, please, stop whinging.

    KEEP ROARING, SRI LANKA! <3 <3

  • on June 4, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Can someone please explain why this incident is not in the spirit of the game. It is clearly in the rule book, Butler didn't trip and fall he was trying to gain an extra yard to his run. I can understand if you runout a batsmen when the has collided with the bowler and people call it not in the spirit of the game.

  • athukorala on June 4, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    It does not happen often because once a batsman is warned, normally we are more careful. If Butler was warned several times, but still continued to do so, he was pushing the envelope - daring the SLs. I fully support SL team's decision. It is hypocritical for Boycott say 'no unfair advantage'. Why would we have creases then…?

  • 5wombats on June 4, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    The run out of Buttler backing up is DISGRACEFUL. I see school boys doing it. I don't expect to see adults doing it - but that's just what Sri Lanka did. Disgraceful. Shame on you Sri Lanka.

  • on June 7, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    From an "impartial" Aussie, if such is possible. Butler and Jordan were both warned aginst backing up to far in the bowler's previous over. He did the sporting thing and gave both of them a chance each. In my opinion, leaving the crease before the ball is bowled is either (1) cheating, in which case if shown, any run scored from it should be discounted, or (2) ligitimate, but then you take the chance of being out of your crease and dismissed, as was the case here and is part of the RULES. Don't criticise when you try to gain and advantage and it backfires. It's not Senanayake who brings the game into question, Butler should have taken the warning as a nice gesture and not tried agin. Having being caught out again & punished, shutting up and wearing it is the appropriate response from him, his captain and those who don't read the rules.

  • Vodi81 on June 6, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    What if Sena didnt run him out and warned him another time, Will buttler stay in his crease? Its all in the game. We also need to realize that walking when you know the ball hit your glove lifts the sprit of the game, Some tend to forget it

  • on June 6, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    It's not just a win, it's how you win. Bell's run out as he was walking to tea a few years ago (reinstated by Dhoni) was an example of the right thing to do. It was also a pivotal moment, and Dhoni went on to lose the Test. Mankading Buttler was the wrong thing to do. Keep control of your emotions. It's how you play as well as the result. Otherwise, go do something else. SL may have been the better side and could have won anyway (Eng are at a low point in their trajectory). In their quieter moments, they probably all realise this was not a good look, and not good for cricket.

  • on June 6, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    England can never talk about the spirit of the game. If the way Butler got out is not within the cricket rules and regulations the umpires should not give him out. About the spirit of the game the worst act in this England/Sri Lanka series is hiring the Sri Lanka coach as assistant coach just before the beginning of this series by England. No one is talking about this third grade act. Understand why Sri Lankans did not talk about this point. Its just because they did not want to make this a big issue before the beginning of the series.They did not want to upset the good vibrations or the spirit of the game.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 6, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    How is it in the spirit of cricket to cut down the number of yards you will need to run by stepping out of the crease when you are not supposed to, even by a mm? How is it lacking in spirit to send such an unfair batsman back to the pavilion? And what's with the umpires getting on high horses and demonizing the bowlers who appeal, as though this is unfair? The umpires need to get proper training. A batsman taking unfair advantage was rightly shown his place. End of story. Don't look at it as a Brit or a Sri Lankan. Unfair advantage is not on, be it a batsman or a bowler. Is it ok if bowlers tamper the ball to gain an unfair advantage? Is it ok if bowlers overstep the crease by a mm, let alone a yard and a half? Batsman cannot be out for that mm overstep by the bowler and the next thing you see is a free-hit - play as you want and you cannot be out. Isn't it shameful that we all have been mute spectators to these kinds of step-motherly rules? People on high horses - are you all serious?

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 5, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    I expected better from SL. This happened once during my local cricket & it caused the only fight ive ever seen between cricket teams! The overall loser here is cricket.

  • on June 4, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Better team won the series. Everything else is just a bunch of distractions, just concentrate on the stuff that matters.

    Congratulations, Sri Lanka! England, please, stop whinging.

    KEEP ROARING, SRI LANKA! <3 <3

  • on June 4, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Can someone please explain why this incident is not in the spirit of the game. It is clearly in the rule book, Butler didn't trip and fall he was trying to gain an extra yard to his run. I can understand if you runout a batsmen when the has collided with the bowler and people call it not in the spirit of the game.

  • athukorala on June 4, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    It does not happen often because once a batsman is warned, normally we are more careful. If Butler was warned several times, but still continued to do so, he was pushing the envelope - daring the SLs. I fully support SL team's decision. It is hypocritical for Boycott say 'no unfair advantage'. Why would we have creases then…?

  • 5wombats on June 4, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    The run out of Buttler backing up is DISGRACEFUL. I see school boys doing it. I don't expect to see adults doing it - but that's just what Sri Lanka did. Disgraceful. Shame on you Sri Lanka.

  • yohandf on June 4, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka . but i m digusted on Sachitra -butler mankading . Shameful and could have avoided if Mathews was not going through emotions . Anyway now then we are up for REAL CRICKET - THE ULTIMATE TEST SERIES . my xi - Kaushal , Thiri , Sanga , Mahela , Chandi , Mathews , Prasanna , Kule , Eranga , Herath, Welagedara . Primerily i wanted our best keeper Prasanna to be there in as there will be more catches to keeper . Also Thiri is the person to replace sanga at 3 oneday . So he should play at the top . Dimuth s lack of form could keep him out . Chandimal is my no 5 at least for this series considering his performance in this part of the world . Herath is one and only spinner . Shaminda , Kule and Welagedara in ( unfortunetly missed lakmal) the team .Mathews the 5th bowler .

  • momer79 on June 4, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Don't bring Mankading in Sri lanka's success. SL won te series ith fighting spirit and guys have shown character which is reall a plus point.

    Very disappointed with cook and company, all professional cricketers and commentators have already said tat buttler dismissall was within law and now everyone has to move on.

    Congratulaton SL on winning difficult series outside SL.

  • Monjur_Elahi on June 4, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Controversy? In what way? I don't see any controversy in Sena's brilliant presence of mind. In fact, he should be awarded for fair play because he did spare Butler in the first instance. Butler was casual, wasn't making any effort to make real run or attempt to come back to his crease, he was just too cheeky and trying to take advantage of so called 'fair spirit'. Well done Sena!

    The umpire, 3rd umpire or even the opposition players, no one can disagree with this out.

    Quite agree that the report is very controversial!

  • on June 4, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    I agree with the bowler. The man was warned before. The poor spirit of the game was shown by the batman who was moving out of his crease. If no one should use this method of dismissal then why is it on the books?

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 4, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    This is stupid thing done by SL.It clearly tells that batsmen has stepped forward at the last point of releasing the ball. This is against the cricket. If every team starts doing this, then there will many such incidents, and at the end we loose interest on cricket.

  • tino_best on June 4, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    There should not be any controversy if the third umpire keeps an watch and rules the non striker out for such offenses without any appeal. We should have less of this appealing business. Also the third umpire cannot be booed at unless he comes to the presentation ceremony. The names of Vinoo Mankad and Kapil Dev will not be dragged out every time a bowler runs out an obnoxious non striker in this fashion. BCCI -Mr Gavasker- nowithstanding the involvement of Kapil Dev should take the initiative.

  • ksquared on June 4, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 as Buttler deserved what he got Thirimanne should have as well but if you are going to blame anyone blame ur captain Sehwag he didn't have the guts to send him packing. In my opinion it was not SL who were NOT playing with the spirit of cricket but ENG. Buttler, Bopara and Jordan were all at least a yard over the crease before each delivery plus the Root dismissal and the incessant sledging all confirms this fact.

  • CodandChips on June 4, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Issues from the series:

    1.Lack of top order urgency

    2.Finishers have too much to do

    3.Death bowling improved but not perfect

    4. 5th bowler still a huge risk

    5.Fielding

    6.Senior batsmen failing yet again

    7.Will Anderson be as effective in Australia?

    8.Woakes' time wasted

    9.Too many wides

    10.Atrocious attitude towards Buttler situation. Cook came across very badly imo.

    11.No real new direction. Generally same old players and tactics

    Also, why do so many people spell Buttler wrong? Has his name not appeared enough times?

  • Ye1996 on June 4, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Quote from Sir Don Bradmans autobiography about "Mankading"

    "For the life of me, I can't understand why [the press] questioned his sportsmanship. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the nonstriker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered. If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the nonstriker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage."

  • SDeepalV on June 4, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Reason to the series loss to England is their team selection. Why do you have people like Cook, Bell and Root in the top order, leaving thrashing youngsters like Moieen Ali, Allex Hales, Jonathan Thrott and Carberry out. Even good old Trescothik is doing well in the domestic circuit, why don't you try? Further must accommodate all rounders such as Tim Bresnon. And also, series is played between England and SL, hence don't understand why Indians are interested so much... Maybe 2 of the big 3 theory..

    Deepal V

  • AayushVarma18 on June 4, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Sri Lanka were definitely the better side. England's batting, other than Ian Bell, is not convincing. They are definitely missing Pietersen. The class and perfection in his shots make him one of the greatest batsman who has had a sad end to his career.

  • Aroundthelegsgoogly on June 4, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Let that be a lesson to you.

  • AjitRaje on June 4, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Since a very large number of run-outs are in situations where the batsman is within a foot or so of the crease, a batsman gets a big and unfair advantage if he backs up by a couple of feet before the delivery. So Butler, deliberately or otherwise, was getting an unfair advantage. On this ground, the bowlers action is completely legal.

  • ca2ca on June 4, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    @ AltafPatel on (June 4, 2014, 9:23 GMT) Looks like you have watched Senanayake very closely to make such an accusation. Sri Lanka have played many games where Lord's ODI umpires Ian Gould and Marais Erasmus officiated and there were no trouble. It s well known around the cricketing world how Australians and England (media) apply extra pressure to discredit players of opposite teams. About Mankading, Butler has been warned earlier (incl. Lord ODI ). English camp are looking for some scapegoats.

  • twistatwistaa on June 4, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    cook and bell are the best opening pair. cook is undoutabely one of the best cut shot players England has given too the world , its not a mere shot he plays, its his instinct , his got his trade mark on that shot and we all know he could concentrate for long hours and is capable of playing long innings and ian bell is the next best thing to rahul dravid , bell has got the finest defense in the world . i saw him bat on various occasions he is immaculate. together they would compliment each other shot by shot, but someone needs to tell them even if 5 balls or say 15 balls go without run on board do not panic stay focused stay concentrated and things will happen on their own , if you look at the style of their batting all they need to do is play proper cricketing shots

  • keptalittlelow on June 4, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka for clinching the series against England in their own backyard. Sri Lankan batting was more solid than England. Now England must stop making excuses for their failings.

  • buncers on June 4, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Cook can't help blame others for his shortcomings.

    KP's fault for the disasterous tour down under. Cardberry for the T20 loss. SL not following the "Spirit of cricket" for the ODI loss

    He need to shoulder the blame and shouldn't play limited overs.

    I would love to have seen Broad lead the ODI series and then talk about the "Spirit of the Game"

  • on June 4, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    I completely agree with Angelo Matthews did. Leaving the crease before the ball is delivered ridicules the entire sanctity of the crease in the first place. And Butler was warned twice before. To even out things, if the bowler oversteps twice, then the umpire should only call a no ball the 3rd time he oversteps. I also do not believe in the 'Spirit of Cricket', if the game is played well within the rules, it is being played in the right spirit. According to me it is a buffer used by the ICC/MCC to cover up their short-sightedness and lack of imagination with framing of rules of the game. If the players apply themselves during the game which the administrators hadn't thought of earlier, they can just cite the MCC spirit of cricket as a front while they figure out what has to be done of it. This is why we need more cricketers and less non-cricketing administrators right there at the helm of things to make sure such incidents are handled in the best interest of the game.

  • Saif1482 on June 4, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    If Senanayake already issued warning, I cannot find fault with him.

  • AltafPatel on June 4, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    If Buttler was warned twice, why he did same mistake again?

  • wnwn on June 4, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    The obvious problem England has is that there are too many defensive/negative players in the ODI line up. In modern ODI cricket you need at least 4 players in the top 7 to be aggressive in order to set and chase targets of 300+ and England only has 2 ( Morgan & Buttler).

  • on June 4, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    What sri lanka did was not in the spirit of the game. The captain should not have upheld the appeal. Winning games by such actions leaves a distasteful feeling. When the shoe is on the other foot the lankans complain on the pitch. I recall an incident when an overthrow was taken after the ball hit the batsman and sangakarra and jayawadena started bleating and the batsmen backed away from taking the run. Although this was within the rules. So next time it happens to SL, and it will happen then they should remember this incident and remain quiet!

  • Pateldaku on June 4, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Why does Media call this controversial? It is in the Playing Regulations and they were followed?

    Butler did gain an advantage, whether significant or not it is still an advantage. If a runout was attempted at the other end and he was given not out being a millimetre in, would he not be saving his wicket?

    And this was done after being warned, which I might add is not required.

  • onebump on June 4, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Siddharth Mohapatra - that is an interesting quote you pulled. I (a Sri Lankan fan) dosagreed with whatSehwag did. The Indians warned Thirimanne that day and he still backed up too much. They should have sent him out.Thiri was warned.

    MJ was just saying what most cricketers would say.... but interesting to pull that out. Thanks

  • Karnamkotil on June 4, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    To be honest, if they have given 2 warnings, then why would question the spirit of the game? what about Butler leaving the crease in advance even aftr getting 2 warnings? Instead of Mankadig, Eng must focus on the series which they lost !! Don't hide ur performance behind the Mankading,,, there are ore serious issue inur camp than this one.

  • py0alb on June 4, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    The rules are a complete farce. Once the bowler has passed the stumps, any chance of a run out should be over. You can't have one rule for internationals and another for every other cricket match.

  • on June 4, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    I think it was a fair decision - its in the rule book! Butler was just dumb enough not to follow the rules. I say good on you SL otherwise tomorrow butler will go so far that virtually he'd stand next to the batsman and yet England will whinge if butler gets run out! there is no issue of human sympathy etc etc. 2 warnings, then out, even a kid would understand but butler didn't!

  • Malij on June 4, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Let's not get down in side shows. The crux of the matter is the batsman had tried to cash on the generosity of the bowler who gave him two sporting warnings by trying to get unfair advantage again and got caught. Grow up Mr. Cook. Own up your faults like a gentleman and stop behaving like an overgrown baby.

  • twistatwistaa on June 4, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    almost everyone here looks to be concerned with just that one incident but for me i see the future of English cricket much darker than it appears now. loosing against srilanka at there home turf next is India and world cups not far away, if they would keep shuffling players like they are doing now its going to be too late and they would be the first team to be elimnated from the world cup. its not the fault of cook he has not been served with the right team and theres lack of team work bcaz team changes every other match, now is the time to select the best players stick with them and give them maximum time to play with each other .

  • on June 4, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    This is a special situation where batsmen were backing up to convert one's into two's in many occasion.( he did the same in the pervious match too) Why didn't they top it with he warning and hence cannot be compared to Thirimanne issue.

  • on June 4, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Poor old England will make any excuse after they lost. By the way if you get warned twice you deserve all you get. Well played Sri Lanka, sour grapes England.

  • on June 4, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Basically English team batting is worrying... Need to do lot if changes like bringing back KP, hales, broad into the team before ind tours...

  • grant1976 on June 4, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    @rd_se3: No we don't need Cook and Bell at the top of the order, well certainly not Cook anyway, we have to go with more dynamic and aggressive players. Imagine the result yesterday if someone had smashed 60 off 40 balls at the top takes so much pressure off the rest... Cook is the biggest problem we have. He was instrumental in removing KP. He doesn't want Buttler in the test squad. Presumably he does't want Hales / Vince at the top of the order in the ODI's his ego is too big and wants to be the hero / saviour of English cricket, but Mr Cook you are ruining it as you are not good enough as a player or after this week as a leader - immature at the end of game yesterday and naive in your comments. Please go.

  • SDeepalV on June 4, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Great series, which swung both ways match by match. Englishmen made it tougher by themselves, having approached to the coach. Sachithra did fair enough to warn Buttler, prior to dismantle bails. What about Rooty boy, who was like a Kitten on the pitch having comprehensively Gloved the ball. Had it done by any of SL tailenders, would have walked off, without wasting TV umpire's time. It's not a gentlemen's game any more. One thing is apparent... SL would have a hard time on tests... Deepal V

  • ajithabey on June 4, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka for beating the odds such as fickle English weather conditions, accusation of suspect bowling actions, poor umpiring and the latest controversy on running out a batsman despite two earlier warnings by the bowler. You have played true to potential and proved that you have a team of smart professionals. Good luck in the test series and maintain your consistency.

  • cric1965 on June 4, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Whatever criticism Mahela proved his class at crunch game. He absorb the pressure and with Lahiru managed the difficult period in match reminding Asia cup final both guys play similar role. Also as usual Sanga failed in crunch game. Only exception T20 final.

    Dilshan , MAHELA, sanga should play world cup with youngesters. Lahiru will be the ideal No 5 player in future.

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    During the Commonwealth Series 2012 match between SL and India, Ashwin had mankaded Thirimanne which was later withdrawn by Sehwag who was leading in Dhoni's absence.

    After the match this is what Jayawardene had to say "I don't play like that," he said indicating that he wouldn't have even appealed. Also, "I wouldn't have got the bails off in the first place, to be honest," and referring to Sehwag's withdrawal, "But I mean, end of the day, spirit of the game was the winner".

    Well, after this incident I wonder what he has to say about SL's team spirit...

  • twistatwistaa on June 4, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    its high time and English team really needs to move on, and instead of looking at what oponent did, they need to look at there own players, Ian bell yet again threw away the good start he got in the most disappointing fashion, it was very hard to understand, why was he trying to hit every ball out of the ground in middle overs, when its not his game. he showed zero maturity, zero composure, unability to read the game ,so much of panic and lead the whole team and nation down, and than we see how Lankans played after jayawardenas wicket not for once did they panic.cook tried his best but than its a teams game,ECB really needs to get their team right for their series against India and for their preparation towards world cup before its too late, my team would be

    1 cook 2 bell 3 jonathon trott 4 morgan 5 alex hales 6 matt prior 7 stuart broad 8 jimmy anderson 9 jade dernbach 10 stephen finn 11 monty panesar

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    No team in subcontinent has the record of going overseas and win short form of cricket often- go LIONS

  • drdickdixon on June 4, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    How about we move on from "that dismissal" that will be forgotten in a couple of days and talk about ongoing things - i.e. what we're going to do with the England batting order. Do we need Cook AND Bell at the top of the order?

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    when someone already had warned you twice NOT to do something, you really cannot blame that person for taking actions in the third time.

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    there's NOTHING wrong with what he did - and I am Indian (just to exclude bias). There is a rule in place so why can't the batters simply follow it ? I don't understand why the umpires even ask the captain if he wants to withdraw his appeal. Do they do that when someone is run out or bowled ?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 4, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    First off, well done to Sri Lanka for sealing the series victory. Was never going to be an easy series, but Sri Lanka aren't sitting 2nd in the ODI rankings for nothing...

    The game was quite ironic in ways, and to me finished off the series in style. Batsmen who'd had a somewhat quiet series up until this game (Cook, Thirimanne, Jayawardene...) certainly came good at the right time. England's bowlers did well I thought; could be argued that they missed a fifth bowler yet again, but it was the batsmen really that let England down. Some decent starts, but just not progressing on enough.

    Most promising signs for me this series were Gurney (looks a valuable find for ODI's) and the form of Anderson (consistent throughout series and clever thinker).

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Not long ago the Srilankans were fuming when Ashwin mankaded Thirimanne and then Sehwag let it go. They brought in the 'spirit of cricket' thingy and ridiculed Ashwin. I am glad that they are facing the music now.

  • ramli on June 4, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    When Ashwin did it to SL, Mahela was all over the place preaching "spirit of the game" ... the same spirit seems to have evaporated when SL did the same to Eng? It is only natural that the affected party complains ... the rule is there and a correct decision is made ... Eng deserved to lose

  • ksquared on June 4, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    This certainly looks one of the more infamous tours that SL has been on similar to tours downunder in 95,98. Good thing is SL would be motivated even more now to win the 2015 WC, probably most Sri Lankans would remember the lead up to the 96 WC glory.

  • Yousufahmed1 on June 4, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    @ Malij What are you talking about??? Please watch that match again. He was warned twice but still the appeal was withdrawn. And even after that incident Thirri kept doing that.

  • ssutabrez on June 4, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Root remains rooted to the crease despite knowing fully well that the ball has gone from his glove. This is SMART CRICKET. No one should talk about it.

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Great Captaincy

    - lose Ashes. Blame Kevin Pieterson

    - lose ICC T20 Blame A.Giles (thank you for your assistance with kicking out KP)

    -Lose ODI series blame it on Jos Butler dismissal

  • barneydog on June 4, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    As an England supporter, I am embarrassed at the fuss being made made about Buttler's dismissal. The law is quite clear and it is also clear that he was breaking it repeatedly. Far from criticising the umpire, Senanayake or Mathews, it is Buttler himself who should be reprimanded for his stupidity. It is claimed that he was warned in the previous match. If so, why did the England management not take him to one side and hammer home the need to stay in his ground during the delivery stride? This needless dismissal might have cost England the game. He should decline his match fee to acknowledge his naivety and as an apology to England supporters and his team mates.

    He is a wonderful player and is thrilling to watch. Let us hope he will learn from this experience and go on to bigger and better achievements.

  • MSGharat on June 4, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Why should Mankaded dismissal be controversial ? When a bowler steps beyoud the popping crease it is called a NO BALL, as he has transgressed the line, the same should apply to the batsman, he should remain within the crease till the ball is delivered. Then there will be no issue of Mankaded. Also if a batsman is found out of the crease before the ball is delivered, any RUN, which is RUN by the batsman should not be counted as he has broken the cricket law. If the striker hits a 4 or a 6 means the ball has crossed the boundary rope, those runs can be counted because there is no running involved. This way the batsman will stop taking undue advantage of running fewer steps.

  • CodandChips on June 4, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    A pretty good series. Both sides played some good and some poor cricket. The better team won in my opinion. Sri Lanka showed why they are such a handy white-ball side with all their skilful bowlers in particular and England showed why they are handy at home with the likes of Anderson.

    It's a shame that the Buttler dismissal is deemed controversial. He was warned. I think the Sri Lankans were fair enough. Angelo Mathews came across very well in the interview with sky. Conversely, Cook for once, seemed petty. I was embarrased by the captain.

    I'm glad such an incident happened now rather than say in the world cup. A lesson to be learnt.

    While the English village cricketer may look on with disgust, in elite level sport batsmen should be much more focused. And arguably Buttler leaving his crease early is not within the spirit of the game.

    Well done Sri Lanka. I've enjoyed the series. England still have work to do before the world cup. Now bring on the tests.

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I always seen specially mahela n sangakara goes on any lower level for the winning cheap guys

  • LawrieGreen on June 4, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka have always played cricket with integrity and respect. The Butler dismissal was perfectly reasonable as he was repeatedly out of his ground before the ball was bowled and should have responded to the warning. Poor from England during and after the game.

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    @malij I am not comparing the incident. But whay Jayawardene said during that incident and yesterday were completely contradicting. He said he wouldn't even appeal for the run out then. Now he is defending his team mate 's act. Pls read the article and then comment. I haven't mentioned about warning in my comment. Just highlighting the comments from the same player who is now defending his team mate's act criticized the appeal of the opposition when they done the same

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Silly reportage about a law that ruffles feathers every time something like this happens. If the wise men have decided to make it a law, live with it.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Cook talking about "spirit of cricket" just one example from the same game, JT ROOT dismissal, ROOT knew the bawled touched on his hand gloves but he did not take his ass from crease, is it English sprit of game???? MR Cook and MOOR and respected Febricas also please learn and teach to your players what is the cricket rules and how to play it

  • Rexton87 on June 4, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Controversial in your eyes mate, SL has won fair and square. Remember Broad not walking after being caught and England winning a test match now that is controversial.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    i think it was poor by sri lanka they were within there rights and the laws to do it but it was poor and if the boot was on the other foot and england had done that in sri lanka there view would be very different plus i think it shows how scared sri lanka are of butler and what he can do in the final overs and they were that desperate to get him out

  • JG2704 on June 4, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    There could be a comparison made between the Buttler dismissal yesterday and the dismissal of Bell in the 2011 test series vs India. I suppose there are grey areas re a captain withdrawing an appeal especially after the batsman is given out after the captain initially went with the appeal. However I felt the Bell dismissal was a different kettle altogether.

    Yesterday the ball was live (beyond any shadow of a doubt) and Buttler had been warned. Bell vs India was literally walking off the pitch for tea as were the majority of the Indian players. The whole body language of everyone including the umpires that it was time to walk off for tea.Fair play to India for reinstating Bell And while I don't really think Buttler was gaining much of an advantage , he was warned and there was no doubt to anyone that the ball was live and in play and if you judge whether a player is not trying to gain an advantage by the margin he is down the pitch you open up a whole new can of worms

  • d_ban on June 4, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    All the whining and cmplaining the english team does is pathetic.they can snatch the coach of the opposition team jst before a series nd terms it a successful bussiness nd whn the opposite tm plays by the law,thy trm it "against the spirit"...real hypocrits.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Had Sri Lankan cricketers arrived a bit early in England, and got used to the weather better, they would 've easily won the series 5-0. This England team looks very weak on paper and on the field :(

  • shuvo_blaster on June 4, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    a player is bound with the rule of cricket... And rule says that he is out.. nothing wrong with that....

  • Nishara_Silva on June 4, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Congratzzz...LIONS you are so brave to defeat ENG in their country..We have already won the TOUR...Good Luck for the Test Matches...

  • Malik_Murad on June 4, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    When i read comments made by Cook, I thought that SL were wrong in claiming this run out but after reading the whole story by Mahela who confirmed that they had warned the batsman twice before running him out, so; i thought SL were within the spirit. Those who had not watched the run out, please visit the Youtube site and you'll see that the batsman was being warned and indeed he took things casually and eventually paid for it. My humble suggestion to Cook is to teach his team mates how to be more responsible instead of blaming on the opponents for their acts.

  • JG2704 on June 4, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Well played SL. Disappointing from England after going at nearly 5 an over from the 1st 20. The Buttler dismissal was fair enough although it almost looked like Senanayake dummied to bowl and then didn't. The good thing is that Buttler (and other Eng players) should learn from this and it's better for this to happen in a series than a WC .... Buttler was hardly gaining an advantage either. He was literally feet as opposed to yards out of the crease.I guess the English players need to be a bit more savvy to such dismissals. It doesn't really happen in England and the last time it did it was by an Indian player. Interesting that they showed footage of the wicket India took by the same method and Sehwag withdrew the appeal. However I do kind of agree with Holding in that the umpire should not consult the captain and if the captain has an issue with gaining a dismissal in this manner he should have a word with his bowler beforehand.

  • Dynamodev on June 4, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    I think the important thing here is that the batsmen had been warned - twice! If say this was attempted without any prior warning from the bowler, it is still of course legal, but it may be deemed to not be in the spirit of the game.

    The other important thing is the difference in the law stated by the ICC and the MCC. One states that a bowler can run out a batsman backing up at any point prior to releasing the ball, whilst the other states that this can only happen before a bowler enters his/her delivery stride. As you can imagine, these are two extremely different cases and this needs to be looked at and amended in favour of one or the other.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Maybe I am missing something about these "warnings" - but I did not see either Senanayake or the Umpire TALK to Butler and make it clear to him that he had been warned. There was no signal, no chat, NOTHING, just because he stopped mid bowl and the umpire called dead ball - how is that actually a warning? - Butler had his back to the bowler so would not have known what the dead ball was for. There should have been a CLEAR warning to the batsman that if he did it again then they would use the law in their favour. I agree with Bumble, Mathews should have SPOKEN to Butler to make sure it was clear.

  • gahapanmachan on June 4, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    There was only a couple of obvious plays against the spirit of the game and they were Root not walking on an obvious nick and Butler repeatedly attempting to get an unfair advantage in running between the wickets, even after repeated warnings.

    Cook lost the game for England by playing test cricket.

  • grant1976 on June 4, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Sri Lanka did nothing wrong, especially after 2 warnings. What was wrong was Cook's appalling behaviour at the end of the game, he clearly was aggressive towards Mathews during the hand shakes. Couple this with Cooks pedestrian batting and his out order comments on Jos Buttler not being ready for test cricket and it's a pretty bad week for the England skipper.

  • SL.Charith on June 4, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    It was butler who was disrespected the SL team and the game. He was given two warnings prior to this and he was keep leaving the crease. What senanayake has done was all within the rules and spirit of the game.

  • Herath-UK on June 4, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    One lesson the ICC should take from this incident is to take away the 'captain's prerogrative' from this law.It generates the unnecessary animosity between teams when on the other hand the ICC go on a campaign preaching good friendly atmosphere at games.Holding pointed out when the umpire wants to give a LBW decision he won't ask the opposition captain's view!

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Cook has some cheek complaining over the "spirit of cricket" as I clearly remember a certain Jonathan Trott for England walking up and smacking a delivery from Ashwin for 4 that had slipped out of his hand and stating at the end of the days play that Trott was in his right to hit it for 4. Sounds like sour grapes to me Mr Cook.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Why all these people who criticize the run out forget the two warnings given in the earlier over?

  • Malij on June 4, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @ Srivathsan Sridharan - In that match you are talking about, the batsman never got a sporting chance whatsoever from the Indian bowler. But in this incident, the batsman very sportingly got not one, but two warnings prior to getting run out. Hence, please don't try to compare the two incidents.

  • priceless1 on June 4, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Don't like to see anyone using this " mankading" tactic to get rid of a player but since the rule was brought up by the Englishmen them selves it is only fare to use it against them :D

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Why should the umpire consult Mattwes weather he agrees with the dissmisel as for me this is really stupid on the part of the umpire, and that's why a controversy has been created Sachtria is well within his rights the law is clear on this he does not even need to warn the batsman witch he did twice,The ICC should rtake note of Idiotic actions of umpire's as well, as for Cook he is obiviesly too big for his boots, after the drubbing in the Ashers i am surprised why he is still captain in the first place.what England must realize is SL is no pushover any more those days are over, we are better than you now !!!! so get your act together get some good players into you're team( Like Hales,KP ext...) rather than having village green trundlers and half batters( including he captain)

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Well there are a lot of people talking about the spirit of e game of the Sri Lankans. let's put it to rest shall we, buttler chose to avoid warnings n attempt to steal runs. It didn't happen all of a sudden. So he was run out. I think e spirit of e game should have been questioned when the england cricket board did so many controversial things during this tour. 1 - only offering two tests. 2 - offering the series during the start of e season during cold n wet conditions. 3 - When they decided to steal the SL coach. 4 - When they put umpires who couldn't give a proper decision even on wides. yes Mr Gough its you. Then they try and put pressure on the highest wicket taking bowler of SL. By saying that he is throwing. So if anyone from England is trying to talk about the spirit of the game, you won't have an audience in SL. I will be surprised if there is any audience to petty excuses given by a underperforming team.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    People who moaning about the run out please stop and thing what Stewart broad done with inzmam ul haq and England was making fun of it !!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    It's time to get rid of this 'spirit of cricket' rot - if mankading is so dreadful then change the laws of the game so it can't happen.

  • anver777 on June 4, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Well played Mathews & co...... a hard fought ODI series win for brave SL Lions !!!! a controlled batting by Mahela & Thrimanne in the middle order, lifted SL from a shaky position, & there after Mathews made sure the victory with a quickfire 40+ !!

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    its always happening with Pakistan or Sri Lanka, non other than from England or Australia, & India can fight back solid, but Pak & SL board are weak to fight... congrates to win against Engand....

  • Herath-UK on June 4, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Mathew's strong captaincy should be hailed as many would have given in against the adversity created by the opposition at the time.Butler cannot take for granted that the Lankan team would not have the bottle to run him out in spite of repeated warnings.The issue becomes much bigger when considering the fact Butler & Bopara took so much credit in the previous game 'turning one run to two' & bringing a lot of critisicm on Sri Lanka's fielding.Cook's pedestarian innings & losing the series, they had high hopes winning were the reasons why he is trying to hide behind this issue;Alex Hales should replace him in the team I think.

  • VinothSam on June 4, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Come on Paul Fabbrace. It is not the couch wins the match. It is the country with the true sports spirit wins the match. That is how we Sri Lankans won the Asia cup, T20WC, England ODI series and still counting.

  • Ramansilva on June 4, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    If a bowler croses the line there is a penalty. In T20, the penalty is even harsher with a free hit given to the batting side. So the concept of penalty should apply to the batsmen who croses the line. The batsmen on stike is having the risk of stumping. Why should non-striking batsmen be spared of penality. Running-out (Mankading) is the fair treatment for a non-striking batsmen who crosses the line.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    spirit of cricket!!!! with England Team???? ha ha ha ha there where was it when England team recruited Paul Fabbrace as their assistant coach when he has already committed with Sri Lankan team for two years. Cool should go home and should think what went wrong. why they got in to that position after a solid opening partnership. they were 199/6 when so called Butler was run out (playing a life time inning does not ensure that he could do it every time) so the bottom line is that Sri Lanka has given a good lesson to the people who invented the game at their own back yard.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    I was shocked to see some of the comments here. I read the article in cricinfo about the Ind v sl match. Jayawardene said he would not even appeal and not even flicked the bails off at the first place. Now he is defending the same act. What a contradicting statements. For all the SL fans pls read the article about that incident and then comment here. But I think what senanayake done is right and is within the laws of cricket. but the term mankading should be avoided as this is unfairly creating a wrong image about the great Indian allrounder

  • Gloryof96 on June 4, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    I see that Cook will be on a head on course with Moore, Cook should concentrate more on why Eng lost (12 wides, 4 drop catches, poor shot selection, poor bowling, etc,) than talk about Angelo Matthews on the Buttler run out, as far as I am concern, Matthews is already 1-0 up on Cook.

    Test matches will be interesting, wont be walk in the park as how Eng is viewing the series. My advise to Sri Lanka, win the toss and bat under any circumstance UNLESS the cloud base is just above your head. Wear the shine off the ball and grind the Eng bowlers to the ground. This is only a one chance opportunity and if you miss it, it will be history for Sri Lanka.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    this is not a great win by lankans since england is out of form and they should not carried away with recent wins as the lights of sanga and jaya will soon be off after which they dont have good players.even in this series if you take this 2 out you can find them only in losing side.Next thing is Test surely its tuff task for them england will win the series 2-0 or 1-0.

  • saravananunga on June 4, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    England has not been so good in ODI's recently its not a good win for Srilanka except the last match they had to work really hard for their win all the previous matches.surely england will come strong in test match winning even one test match is not going to be possible for lanka

  • Khalid_M_Shah on June 4, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    It would be interesting to see if when calmer heads prevail if England will do the right thing and apologize to the Sri Lanka team for the offensive comments of their team captain in support of an indefensible position. Perhaps he can claim having said them in the heat of the moment.

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    I am always welcome what senenayaka did. he played as gentlemanly. not only ones also two warnings. He can do it without any warnings as well, it's an ICC Rule. but he didn't. That's the color's of lions. well played.. congratulations. Wishing for more victories.

  • ranganashan on June 4, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    There is nothing controversial here. It is just a clear win against a weaker team, as simple as that. Senanayake's action was REPORTED, only reported. He wasn't proved to be wrong, so everyone should be able to think beyond that. Timing might be wrong and questionable, but still officials have the right to do so. About the mankading - what's wrong with it? Some do talk about the Spirit of the game, but it is pretty clear, abiding to the laws of the game is the utmost action to depict that spirit. Cook has mentioned about 'a line that crossed', but please explain me who drew that line and where and when? Because I don't believe in fairy tales, but i do enjoy them just like everyone.........

  • Nuwas on June 4, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    @ U_Cricket , you seems not to comprehend the words in that article , do you? read again & read the rule about mankading , then you will understand why it was not conclusive in that particular match but it was in this match.

  • Badgerofdoom on June 4, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    As an England fan I have to say that I'm fine with the run out. The law is clear, and the idea that the batsman breaking the laws is abiding to the spirit of the game while the bowler running him out according to the laws is breaking the spirit of the game is baffling.

  • criccrics on June 4, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    I can remember that India has to suffer (lost the game) when Shewag withdraw the Thirimannes-Ashwin Mankading incident. (Umpires should not put the pressure on captains in this kind of things as backing up is purely a foul-play!-unfortunately Shewag caught up in that situation) If he stick with the rules, India would have won the match. So it was a good lesson to all & SL might have learn a lot from that incidence - & SL refusal to overturn the decision which is absolutely correct and Good.- it is simply something like a bowler bowling a NO bowl!

  • Gloryof96 on June 4, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    ICC Standard ODI Match Playing Conditions, Law 42.15 shall be replaced by the following: ..... The bowler is permitted, before he releases the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over.

    1. Buttler was warned at Lord's for running far many quick one's and two's and twice again at Edgbaston. How many warning are required to be given by Sri Lanka to stay within the"spirit of the game"?

    2. Where was Eng's "sportsmanship" when they barraged Matthews when he was batting, does that not contravene the "spirit of the game"?

    3. Mankad did nothing wrong, there is a law, why is that law there? Thirimanne should have also been out as well in Aus.

    Y'day I sat back in my chair and thought, If Matthews is a true leader, he will overcome this and hit the winning runs. I am happy that we have an attacking captain unlike Cook who didn't know how to lead.

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    @Miraj Patel, Ashwin's appeal was refused because he never warned Thirimanne. That's wht Shewag and Sachin give it up. Got it? :)

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    After reading some of the articles I was worried that most readers also felt that Sena did a wrong thing. I am relieved to read the comments. personally, I don't even think that there is a need of a warning. you don't warn a batsman before stumping him. Similarly if the bowler has not released the ball and the non-striker is out of his crease, he should be mankaded. Current rules are still in favor of the batsmen and Sri Lankan team did more than enough to to be in the 'spirit of the game'. After two warnings, it was more than deserving for Butler. Advice for England: Please try and improve your game, at least in your own backyard. Creating useless controversies is not going to help your cause at all.

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    I don't really get what all the hoola-hoop is about Mankading. If a batsman can steal a yard or two even before the ball is delivered and still protect spirit of cricket and what not, why is the poor bowler wrong to run him out? Especially, after repeated warnings? which, remember, he is not bound to provide as per the laws.

  • pandian_ikku on June 4, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    First of all start running even before start bowling is not the Spirit of cricket. When some one do that they can easily make singles or twos which are actually not available. This isn't fare for the other team specially in the series deciding match like this.

    Senanayaka already gave 2 warnings to Butler and the umpire. Both of them totally ignored that and Butler kept running before bowling. So there wasn't much choice for Senanayake.

    All the cricket rules are jut to make sure players play proper cricket. If the bowler shouldn't run out the batsmen before bowling the delivery then ICC should discuss about this and remove that rule. Sri Lanka played according to the rules. In fact they were fair enough to give 2 warnings as gentlemen.

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 4, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    @Miraj Patel. Was the Sri Lankan Batsman warned twice on that match before doing that?? What you need to understand is if it was done without any warning its unsportsmanship.If he batsman is keep on doing it even after warned twice you cannot let him to get that extra advantage to steal runs with third / fourth and fifth warning. Not sure whether you could understand the point.

    Congrats Lions!!! great performance again. Asia cup/T20 wc an now a series win in England!!! Welldone

  • Gloryof96 on June 4, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    A quote by a comment in the UK Guardian:

    Look, no one was cheating on either side.

    Pre game: Lankan Skipper: right lads, this lot ran us in to the ground last time out. Watch they're not backing up too far. Game: Lankan Player: Skip, Buttler's doing it again. Not by much, but he is. Lankan Skipper: warn him. Keep him in his ground. Player: Righty ho, Skip. Later... Player: He's still doing it. Not much, but he is. Skipper: sigh. Warn him again. Player: Shall do, Skip. Later still... Player: He's still doing it. Skipper: oh sod it. Run the bugger out. Player: Okey dokey, Skip. Opposition Player: Doh! Opposition Captian: Watch as I now cover myself in glory.

    No blame on the Lankans of any kind in my book.

  • thusiwi on June 4, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Why England so concerned about sprit of cricket over this "Mankading" Rule is there to follow. If so much concern over sprit of cricket why then Root did no leave the crease after a clear nick on his gloves!!!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    This is a good lesson to all. Senanayake & SL is correct since two warnings(Chances) were given. Otherwise any batsmen can make single in to two as ENG did at Loards. This is a poor cricket of Butler as well as England.

  • mysay on June 4, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    "SL claim series amid Senanayake controversy" The warning was issued not once but twice and finally run out. What may I ask is the controversy? I recall an ODI played between SL & IND, when Ashwin Mankaded Lahiru Thirimanne, and was called back by Dhoni as no prior warning was issued. I recall the article on Espncricinfo with the heading "India Mis a Trick" and a bus load of Indian fans commenting that at present there is no such thing as "Spirit of the game"

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    If buttler protect spirit of the cricket he should stay in crease after those warning..! I think batsman standing 3 feets out side crease before the ball is delivered clearly violating rules and also the spirit of cricket

  • DJardine on June 4, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    You don't want to get "Mankarded" don't back up before the ball is bowled. You think it's bad form? Check your facts, it is illegal to back up before the ball is bowled.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    If the batsmen have been warned AND have seen the other batsmen warned in the bowler's previous over they were being careless and frankly insulting in leaving their crease early and there can be no complaint.

    Had Senanayake not issued two warning things would be different, but in acting as he did he has done nothing wrong. And neither has Matthews.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    i m surprise to that no many r condemning the Mankanding, i remember that all lankans were up in the arms when Ashwin did it to Thirimaine. where are they now ?

  • amila_buwa on June 4, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    "We always try to play in the right spirit, but if the other team is not playing in the right spirit and not going with the law, then unfortunately we had to take the law into our hands. It was the third time. It is fair enough, I think. We all need to play by the rules.

    "If the other sides are not going by the rules, then they're not playing by the spirit, so what can you do?" -MJ-

    All I have to say is, well said Mahela.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Buttler was warned TWICE ! What more do you want? Let them steal one run per each single they take? I hope COOK will speak sensibly here. I don't think a player from the Asian region would do the same thing after being warned twice. English, who lost the series are now speaking of "GENTLEMAN Cricket" while they themselves including AUSSIES don't even know of. Hillarious !

  • criccrics on June 4, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Who has crossed the line of spirits of game Mr Cook?Your team has extracted plenty of runs by this means during the 4th match too.If we found out that, didn't your coaches found that out too?Post match analysis,you could have warn and corrected Butler (& Bopara) then! Or else,That must have been a poor tactic by your team & coaches to win games- who knows when the best players are out of the team, you (Butler & Bopara) must have compelled to do so! Even after warning,if he continues to do so,then who lacks the spirit of cricket? Butler or SL team?Why umpires failed to keep Butler on the crease? Pretty ignorant or they were too partial? Obviously,as of your excuse, due to the heat of game if he forgets rules & fair-play, mind you man, this fellow is not suitable for International games.Once in a while starting ahead of crease may be OK.But if he repeatedly does that, that means he is either deliberately doing it or he is indeed not an international cricketer.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    It is well within the laws. But the question is, is it well within the ethics?

  • ms2000 on June 4, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka for winning a series outside Sri Lanka and in tying conditions in cold weather. Butlers run out is justified. He should learn to respect the rules of Cricket. if this was not done the net time he would be standing in the middle of the pitch before the ball is delivered. Well done Sachitra. sometimes one got to remind the English of their own rules. Lahiru Thirimanne althouh played well he does not desrve a place in the 01 day. He is too slow and wil be a godo test player. Definitely not a 1 day player in both T20 and ODIs. Its time to replace Lahiru with another youngster in both these formats.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    English should learn lesson now. They take under dog Sri Lankan cricket. England keep only hope buttler he is only one player to other team Poor English Cricket at all.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Even though mankading is against the spirit of the game during last two ODIs it was noticeable that English batsman were backing up too far to take advantage of singles and two's during deth overs, so that too is against the spirit of the game specially if you are warned few times

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Senanayake, Mathews and the Umpire warned Buttler TWICE in the spirit of the game, which, obviously, they DO NOT HAVE TO do. It's simply stupidity from Buttler to do it, especially after he's been warned. He was doing the same thing in the previous ODI as well, which means that Sri Lanka allowed Buttler a whole innings to rectify it!

    I wonder where this 'spirit of the game' was when the Joe Root clearly gloved it to Sanga and didn't walk, when England fielders were trash talking Mathews when he came out to bat, when Jos Buttler trash talked Mathews when he was at the crease and when Alastair Cook mouthed off at Mathews when the players were shaking hands.

    Like Atherton said, 'you wouldn't have been runout if you were inside your crease'!!

    Ignored (maybe warned) in the previous ODI, WARNED TWICE in this one, Buttler didn't care, what else can you do when the batsman takes the laws of the game as a joke?

    Well within his rights and the laws, played with the spirit of the game in mind.

  • PACERONE on June 4, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    Cook should ask to be dropped fromODIs.He is not suited for this game.Sooner he will not be suited for any form of the game.Why all the fuss about Butler getting run out? He was looking for an unfair advantage by been a yard down the wicket.Ignored the warnings as if to say you cannot do anything about it.He suffered the consequence.Then for the England players to be running commentaries while SL was batting shows that they are very poor sportsmen.Looks good on them losing.looks like the team has stopped backing Cook.Only backed him for one game.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    This is a sad incident that happened, But the English were warned twice to fix it so can't blame the bowler or Sri Lanka because of it. Hopefully the Eng coach will teach them how to run between wickets before the test, because if you watch closely some of those two's were a little short as well.

  • Revelation3_7 on June 4, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Senanayake was well within his rights as a bowler and he also aced in good spirit to warn Butler twice, h id the right thing and SO is Matthew's. I think Cook should man up ad admit his players attitude before finding excuse for his own teams dismal show. Well done Sri lanka, as far as England team is concerned, they have to put heir pride aside and do the basics right. END OF STORY

  • DheeshanaKosa on June 4, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Wht do they need? Continuing the (unnecessary) warning process till the end of the innings? Is that the Spirit of Cricket?

    English would better to respect laws and should be humble enough to learn something out of this.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    Umpire need not consult the sri Lankan captain. he should act according to the rules of ICC and given out. umpire need to be blamed.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    I think Cook is out of line for whinging about it. Butler was bending the rules of the game by trying to gain an unfair advantage and was given a warning in the previous over. He didn't listen to his warning, giving the bowler no choice, but to run him out.

  • Champikz on June 4, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    If "Mankading" is within the ICC guide lines, why is it controversial?

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Why is mankading in the rule books? Its simple, if it was not the non striker can be close to the striker by the time the shot is played. And thus gains an unfair advantage. Is that is ok with the spirit of cricket ? Its not like he was not warned. So What is there to fuss?

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

    Totally agree @Narabavi, I don't understand why people hate the mankad. If a batsman is out of their crease he is likely to be run out. Should we start frowning upon stumpings too?

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    It's may be controversial but Mankad is within the rules of the game. Cook say's Mathew has cross the line. But when an opposition player get unfair advantage by leaving the crease early what else they can do. Considering sprit of the game they have warned twice before they went to umpire. ICC have put this rule to stop players taking unfair advantage. They have been doing that at Lords if they think they can get away like this England must be mistaken.

  • naveen1122 on June 4, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    No need to utter about Buttler's dismissal in the main match report, as it was fully inside the rules. In fact, Sachithra warned him seriously couple of times and there were no options than running him out for being unfair to the game. On the bright side, I hope Buttler has learned his lesson and wouldn't do the same thing in the future. SL has enough talent to win the game without being unfair, and the useless booing was very unusual for the decent English crowd. Whatever said and discussed about the incident in and out of the game, Sachithra's show was professional and effective in light of the recent happenings around him.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Mr Cook. Stop Hiding behind least effective things that happened in the match. English team lost because of their (you) boring brand of cricket. With that kind of start you only managed 220? Pathetic bro. I'm proud of anjelo, he was brave enough to take that disition. Bottom line is England LOST another series.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka... England lost home series. Important points: 1) May is tough for visitors, specially Asians. 2) Seem friendly wicket. 3) one of big three

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    It was legitimate appeal and umpires uphold the appeal and there is no point raising hue and cry about it. Very well done Sri Lanka that is all required. Congratulations for wining the series

  • senal83 on June 4, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    If a bowler is punished for crossing the line, why not punish a batsmen? It the bowler does it, no ball and if the batsman does it, no batting!!! For anyone whining (including Cook): If you do not like this, then change the rule. After all, England is one of the big 3.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    I have a question, if anyone here can give me an answer that'd be nice: The law states "The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the non-striker." - does this mean that, in theory, the bowler can run-out an out-of-his-crease batsmen at any time that the ball is dead? The law fails to cover this potential situation.

    On a side note; disappointed by the Sri Lankans, mostly because it results in their victory being tainted by "what-ifs" over a dismissal which required zero cricketing skill or prowess.

    I hope the rules of the game are followed just as strictly with reference to Senanayke's controversial action.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on June 4, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    Welldone Sri Lanka.Superb win under England friendly conditions. Cloudy Sky,Fast Seeming Bouncy Pitch. Wining in these conditions always good to next WC. Mahela's 1/5 formula worked again.1 Success after 4 Fails. And Superb innings from Thiri and quick fire knock from Angi he played Thisara's knock today. No need to worry about SR's in these kind of pitches. Wish SL all the best to test series

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    It should not have been out, according to the laws of cricket, as the bowler had entered his delivery stride.

    "2. Batsman not Run out

    (ii) the ball has not subsequently been touched by a fielder, after the bowler has entered his delivery stride, before the wicket is put down."

  • LivingDead on June 4, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Controversial it may be, but I cant understand why Buttler would not stay in the crease even after bowler warned him! It's almost like - "Oh c'mon Senanayake, you won't do that!"I mean, anyone would take offense if you keep teasing them. Why take a chance!

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Batsmen have no business to cross before the ball is delivered. Giving warning itself is a very graceful gesture. Batmen all over take advantage of this spirit of the game. This practice of giving warning should stop. There is a replay to check no ball even after the Umpire gives the batmen out but nothing to stop a batsmen taking a few steps forward. It's huge advantage in close games.

  • Prem2248 on June 4, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    As Mahela very correctly pointed out, batters can upset a fielding side (particularly LOs) in running 2 & 3 which Bopara & Buttler successfully did in the 4th ODI that helped Buttler to attack in the latter stage. When the bowler had taken the responsibility of the umpire to check the batter's unfair play and warned twice, it was umpire's duty to have a close watch on the non-striker. If that had taken place, this incident wouldn't have occurred. Present day umpire's have to learn a lot from the well-respected umpires of the past like Dickie Bird & late David Shepherd, being how to be impartial at all the time, e.g. Root's & Cooke's dismissals in the 5th & 4th ODIs respectively.

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    I think Mr.Cook will make this Butler run out a great opportunity to deviate his critics on his poor leading. He is playing with the words not with the bat! Sachithra's incidence was purely due to Butler's carelessness nothing to do with so called 'spirit of the game'. Pls don't bluff and show yourself Mr.Cook.

  • elvis57 on June 4, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    He was warned and continued to break the rules. No problem with the run out

  • Greatest_Game on June 4, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    @ Hatter_Mad writes "Bad form, Sri Lanka. Very bad form."

    I believe Hatter_Mad refers here to Buttler's run-out. If he thinks that, after two specific warnings to the non-striker to play within the laws, and then applying THE LAWS OF CRICKET is "bad form," his screen name/avatar is well chosen. What is next? "All right, mate, that's it: if you nick the ball once more we ARE going to catch it. No more easy fours for you?"

    Is it 'bad form' if the bowler does not issue two warnings of an impending googley/wrong un/doosra. Should "yorker coming up" to be shouted to the batsman? Should a batsman leave two boundary balls per over before clearing the rope?

    'Bad form' is condemning a team for playing within the laws & giving sporting warnings about the consequences of violating those Laws. 'Bad form" is asserting what is legal & generous to be "unsporting," based solely on an OPINION about the Laws, & not on the Laws themselves. 'Bad form' is blaming another for one's own mistakes!

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Congrats Team Sri Lanka, you played very well in whole series, today match was an excellent and watchable from the both side work hard for winning.

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    "the Laws of cricket have since been changed to ensure that a bowler cannot run out a non-striker once he has entered his delivery stride.

    The delivery stride is defined as the stride in the course of which the delivery swing is made: it starts when the bowler's back foot lands and ends when the front foot lands in the same stride."

    That I copied that from espncricinfo.com. Now start pausing and starting the video from 0.35. Clearly, Senanayake's backfoot had landed before he pulled out. Pathetic Sri Lanka... should be ashamed of yourself.

  • challagalla on June 4, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    nothing wrong with mankading Buttler. Buttler was warned and that's fair enough. Lets not lose sight of the fact that the non striker tries to gain an unfair advantage by stepping out well before the ball is released.

  • dunger.bob on June 4, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Underneath all the controversy lies a very solid, professional and by the numbers performance from the Sri Lankans. .. They had this match under control from the start. England never got away and were kept to a modest score which was chased down without raising a sweat. .. It was a very strong game for SL and they remain a serious contender for the WC next year.

  • Greatest_Game on June 4, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Good to see a bowler follow through on a warning to a batsman to stay in his crease. Not because it involved Butler, Senanayake, Eng or SL, but because the game has become lopsided.We scrutinise each frame of footage to see if a batsman was stumped, but non-strikers wander down the pitch & think that they have the RIGHT to do so - that only "bad sportsmen" will hold them to account for flagrantly violating the laws, ball after ball after ball.

    Batsmen must understood that if out of their crease, they WILL be run out. Why have the law & not apply it? If the batsman can leave the crease, why can't the bowler deliver from a few yards down the track? If one rule can be flouted, why not the other?

    If batsmen are 'conventionally' run out they have a judgement call to blame: after TWO unrequired & sporting warnings, they have only their own stupidity to regret. This run-out was sporting, & entirely the result of Buttler's decision to ignore both the laws, & Senanayake's sporting warnings.

  • cloudmess on June 4, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    I'm not sure the Buttler incident made that much difference, it was still a fairly comprehensive SL win. So one series loss down, the first of many in the 2nd Moores era.

  • U_Cricket on June 3, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene and SL fan -when others do mankind it is not fair but when you do its fair. http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html

  • BillyBlue on June 3, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    FACT: Mankading IS NOT against the spirit of cricket. Why? The runner leaving his crease before the bowler has bowled is actually against the spirit of the game. He is getting an unfair start. Bowlers, who already have multiple odds stacked against them & in favor of modern batsmen, are then expected to issue a warning to these pampered batsmens? REALLY? That is INSANE!!! There is ABSOLUTELY NO 'CONTROVERSY' here.

  • Suni8 on June 3, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    Oh these laments and bickerings by the English (fans included) when their boys fail to win. The Mankading incident had no controversy, there were warnings given and the runout perfectly legitimate. The Senanayake action calling probabably made with no real justification.Time will tell. Well done Sri Lanka!

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    I'm sorry but Butler should not have been given out. If you look closely, Senanayake is holding back right before completing the delivery stride to catch Butler leave the crease. Thats a dead ball. Butler is thinking he's gonna release the ball, but he doesn't.

  • xylo on June 3, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    I am happy that the mankading happened, and hope that it continues to happen. The game is loaded too much in favour of the batsman already.

  • Gamaraala on June 3, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Remember Root (when he gloved the ball: replay suggests it was a hard smack, which should've definitely felt by Root) waiting till SL review umpire's decision not to give him out, rather than walking from the wicket?

    He played within the rules of the game; he shouldn't have to walk unless given out. No one called him a cheater. No one booed him. But it was wrong in the eye of spirit of the game.

    Same goes with Senanayake, who warned the batsmen few times (which is unnecessary according to the rules), which you can interpret as done with spirit of the game.

    Gambling doesn't pay every time.

    Peace.

  • R.K.G on June 3, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    The same Sri Lankan team made a huge hue and cry about the 'Spirit of Cricket' when Lahiru Thirimanne was run out by R Ashwin during the 2012 CB Series in Australia. Thirimanne was baking up too far and was warned couple of times by Ashwin. He was stranded almost at the center on the pitch when Ashwin whipped off the bails after his patience ran out. Sehwag the stand-in captain in that game decided to give Thirimanne a reprieve and Thirimanne went on to win that game for SL.

  • MH19 on June 3, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    There is nothing controversy here as Sri Lanka did well to batter England in their own den. Senanayake is bowling well and nothing illiegal in his bowling action and this is not a good excuse for england loosing the series. Sri lanka's forte is 50 over cricket and it has been proved ample with so many world cup finals and also winning one in 1996.Butlers run out i am a crickerter myself and when the bowler delivers the ball the batsman should stay behind the crease or atleast the bat should be behind the crease. Bowler can always warn the umpire and run the batsman out so what is this controversy we are talking about is it ths win that is controversial come on accept the defeat England.

  • simon_w on June 3, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    I wasn't able to watch England's innings live but I was following online, and from the write-ups I was reading I figured Buttler's mankading was probably fair enough. I've just seen the clip, however, and it seems pretty off to me. He was simply standing outside the crease by a couple of inches -- he could have dragged his bat through the crease and been further down the wicket while still being "in," and he wasn't taking any kind of substantial advantage. Sri Lanka were let off one far worse than that earlier. What's next -- third-umpire reviewed mankadings? "Well, he was behind the crease, but was his bat in the air?"... unpleasant stuff.

  • on June 3, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    He wasn't out of his crease when Senanyake was in his bowling stride. He only left his crease the split second he assumed Senanyake was going to deliver the ball. He is within his rights to dismiss Buttler but I can't understand why everyone is defending him. Rules should be changed so that the non-striker can only be run out when he is judged to be 'attempting to steal a run' by the umpire.

    Considering yesterday Murray gave Verdasco a point when the linesman called out before he mis hit the bal, this was very poor from Sri Lanka and the fact that it hasn't happened in 20 years in international cricket is evidence of what a distasteful act this was despite the warnings beforehand (Also if you play back the dismissal Buttler only leaves his crease after Senyanayke's foot lands and he assumes he's about to deliver the ball. Clumsy yes, attempting to steal an advantage no. In fact it was the Sri Lankans who attempted to steal the advantage and Matthews could have shown a lot of class

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 3, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    A brilliant piece of cricket by Sachitra-not seen it though-to r/o butler.Requires street smartness,awareness and shrewdness,all vital mental skills part of game.The bowler SS displaying it in this instance.Can't say same of Butler though.-:)

  • on June 3, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Senanayake did thr right thing by Mankading Butler. He was warned before. Congratualtions Sri Lanka

  • on June 3, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. There is no controversy with the run out as Sachitra did the correct and "gentlemanly" gesture by giving advance warning to Buttler about leaving the crease. Why should there be any animosity for doing the right thing. England team and spcialyl the Captain is "harping" on the issue, as they are not happy to be beaten by Sri Lanka in England. Accept the fact like a "gentleman" that you are not good enough to beat Sri Lanka. We are looking forward to more surprises in the two tests. Good luck to the SL Team. We are proud of you. Niranjan Samarasekera Melbourne

  • Herath-UK on June 3, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka for a wonderful away series win in England.It is not just a normal win but against many adversities as difficult pitches,cold weather,bad umpiring & finally against English players who made the mistake of thinking that they could browbeat them to submission but in fact it inspired Angelo,Mahela & Lahiru.It showed the real character of a champion team. How Mahela & Lahiru absorbed the pressure at a very critical stage of the match showing street fight qualities against confrontational approach adopted by English players.Cook seemed to be over reacting to the incident at the end of the match as a ruse to cover up his team's disappointing loss,where is the 'new' beginning they were boasting of?.England seemed to talk of spirit of the actions now, forgetting how they snatched Farbrace. Was it spirit of its character?

  • on June 3, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    I don't see an issue with the mankad in this, if you've already warned two of their batsmen multiple times and they didn't take heed, that's their problem for being careless.

  • morgie1982 on June 3, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    "I wouldn't expect any player to walk," said the England captain Cook Then why would you expect other captain to withdraw the appeal #justsaying

  • on June 3, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Nothing wrong with the run out, one warning is enough. Butler & Bopara ran lots of twos during the last match and SL must have seen that they were getting a head start. I'm an English supporter and I think that the umpires did the right thing as did Mathews.

  • on June 3, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    I know this is a pointless exercise as most of my posts never see the light of day. Nevertheless I have to get it out of my system. I just can not stand the hypocrisy of the players and managers of the big three. But if the other smaller nations stand up to them and beat them in their own back yards then they would behave like spoilt betts. Perhaps Captain Cook should have a word with Ian Botham about fair play. What's unfair about running out a player who's constantly trying to take an illegal head starts even before the bowler had finished the delivery stride. He was warned twice today and one in the last match. Perhaps Cook should ask Root why he did not walk when he knew that he had clearly gloved the ball. One rule for the big three and one rule for the minnows! Surely that's not cricket!

  • Sgtm1993 on June 3, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Don't know what poms are whining about..You are given two warnings and you still commit the same mistake..that's his fault. Now what? the bowler has to beg the pommy to not step out of his crease before the ball is delivered? Utter nonsense..when they loose, they whine..simple as that..And how boring was England's innings? I fell asleep throughout that inning..especially watching cook bat.wow.what a bore.takes forever to get a single..he was playing for his position in the team rather than the team itself so was taking forever to score runs..when is this new era thing gonna begin btw? At least with flower..we saw them scoring run a ball..now its ridiculously and atrociously boring..I can't watch them..continue playing like this and wait for a world cup hammering! Some players should not be in the teamlike tredwell(did well in this match but against better opositions..he'll be found out as he has no variations).anderson is good in seaming conditions only..root is poor and cook is a bore

  • sankha.w.k on June 3, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    I think the people complaining are saying he should have got 3 warnings. And if he still failed to stay in his crease, he should have gotten another warning. And if he still failed to stay in his crease, he should have gotten another warning. And if he still failed to stay in his crease, he should have gotten another warning. And if he still failed to stay in his crease, he should have gotten another warning. And if he still failed to stay in his crease, he should have gotten another warning. And if he still failed to stay in his crease, he should have gotten another warning. And if he still failed to stay in his crease, he should have gotten another warning. And if he still failed to stay in his crease, he should have gotten another warning.

  • Charindra on June 3, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Cook making a snide remark to Mathews after the winning runs were hit was disgraceful. Typical whinging Pom. What does he have to complain about?? Senanayake was well within his rights to Mankad Butler after a warning. And Butler had done this repeatedly with impunity during his century at Lords. He had it coming!

  • jerryman on June 3, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Only way to prevent batsmen leaving the crease is to reduce 1 run from the total and reduce 1 ball from the over . If the bowler oversteps he is penalised with a run as well as an extra delivery . Whats sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander . If this is done the batsmen will stay rooted in their crease . He was warned twice , how many times should he be warned.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    There is no controversy here.Those people who hit the ceiling with regard to spirit of the game ,need to answer one question.What is the spirit of the game when the batsman trys to take an undue adavntage by walking few yards before the ball being bowled.I belive you've got your answer gentleman.Wrong is wrong and it is simple as that.

  • Hardy1 on June 3, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    I seem to remember Thirimanne doing what Buttler did against India a couple years back & Ashwin mankaded him. Sehwag who was captain at the time pulled the appeal with Tendulkar weighing in heavily & now Sri Lanka have refused to do the same.

    I personally think there's nothing wrong with mankading & while it seems somewhat picky, this is only because the culture (not the so called 'spirit' ) of cricket has always allowed for backing up. It's pretty easy for a batsman to not back up, but it seems unlikely there will be a culture shift in this respect.

    What the Sri Lankans did however just represented double standards, which really is disappointing. I will confess to not watching the non-striker every ball in Sri Lanka's innings & so if they (Thirimanne in particular) did not back up for a single delivery & have not done so since Thirimanne's mankading, then fair enough.

    Otherwise I've lost a lot of respect for their team.

  • sambudgie on June 3, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    I cannot understand how the England coach, captain and the players are not aware of the rules. This is not the first time a player was given out "mankading". In the spirit of the game Jos Butler was given warnings during the 4th & 5th ODIs'. Captains should not have to come into this. The rules are rules. The conduct of the England players swearing at SL players and some supporters who booed and shouted was unbecoming. I expected better responses from England coach and captain.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    What is so controversial about this run out., after the batsman was warned.

  • Sinhabahu on June 3, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Not sure why the English are all up in arms over the Buttler run out. It was done within the rules of the game, and these rules were originally created by Englishmen. If they're not happy with their own rules, I suggest that they change those instead of throwing tantrums on worldwide TV. Or take up netball.

  • Indians-love-flattracks on June 3, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    So what if Butler went on and took a single and was in by only a 1cm..wouldn't that mean he had an unfair advantage by moving out even before the ball was released.

  • Lalindra2012 on June 3, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Good reply from Angelo, kudos for standing by his ground, Butler was warned in the previous match and twice in this match and within the confines of the cricketing rules and cricketing spirit it's justifiable. Hence, Butler was trying to take undue Advantage and in the end had to a pay hefty price for it. It's the very own people who approve these rules and recommend these rules in the end had to pay the price and now cry foul play...! Yes it seems ugly!unfair ! and in a crunch game lots of people will have to say lots of things, but why the hell did the ICC in the recent past give the green light for this rule in ODI's in the first place and sooner rather than later this was bound to happen...!

  • Shajadul on June 3, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Batsman are taught not to throw wickets. Buttler could be alert and should have valued his wicket after the first warning. His carelessness has cost some obvious runs for England. The match could be more competitive.

    Now a days, cricket is getting more competitive and there is no place for unfair advantage or carelessness.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    It was fair for senanayake to do that! He warned twice and spirit doesn't mean unnecessary advantage

  • inswing on June 3, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    Nothing "controversial" about it. If you are out, then how are you not out? He was also warned, unnecessarily, but still tried to gain advantage. He was out fair and square, completely within the sprit of the game. If anything, trying gain advantage by standing outside the crease is against the spirit of the game. Good job SL.

  • madas_xi on June 3, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    What's the controversy here really? Why pick some rules to associate with spirit of the game and not others? Why would you allow a batsman to repeatedly take advantage unfairly? In fact it should be the other way around - a batsman needs to be crucified for taking unfair advantage and going against the spirit of the game. Having said that, there is one thing to dislike here -- the hypocrisy of Messers Jayawardane who claimed moral high ground earlier in the Thirumanne incident in 2013.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Mankading: For a bowler it is visible, annoying and distraction to see runner backing up. Runners can watch all the way a bowler release the ball and take off.

  • gahapanmachan on June 3, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Butler probably was silly arrogant to ignore Senanayake's couple of warnings and was correctly runout.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    The non striker advancing down the wicket to give an unfair advantage is what is against the spirit of the game. Not mankadding. I for one am glad it has been brought back. For too long (and especially in T20) we now see the non striker a mile down the wicket before the ball has been released by the bowler. There is a difference between the batter backing up as we are all taught to do and being a metre out of your crease. The fact that Buttler has ignore the warning from the bowler means he has no one to blame for his run out but himself.

  • slazenger on June 3, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    People will forget the butler's run out but will remember and record that Sri Lanka won the one day series against England in 2014. Period.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    If Senanayake running out Buttler was not "in the spirit", Buttler trying to gain an advantage by leaving his crease before the bowler has delivered the ball is also "not in the spirit". Both Buttler and Jordan were warned during the over by Senanayake - if they want to continue in their actions, it is fair enough for them to feel the consequences.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    Sri Lanka did nothing wrong in the Butler run out...They actually gave him a chance by warning him. Just sour grapes by Cook....bad loser!! Rav. London

  • Lakpj on June 3, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    Even if all the insight with the coach from the opposition and with the home conditions of early summer on their side England still failed to win. Can't think of anything better during the India series as well. But well played SL they had ups and downs but showed good character to win the series.

  • Vorticon on June 3, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    I have absolutely no problem with Mankading. Why should you have to warn a batsman for taking an advantage he's not entitled to? If he's backing up too far, run him out. If a bowler tries it on but the batsman isn't out of his ground, make it a no ball and free hit. Problem solved.

  • ramz30380 on June 3, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    I think Senanayake did the right thing in warning the batsman - if Butler is so superior to the world that he is beyond everything, then he deserved wht he got! In a batsman's world, this rule makes sense. If people call it 'not in the cricketing spirit', then it offers the possibilty of the non-striker coming almost half the pitch while the delivery stride is taken! Good, tht SL stood their ground and Mathews supported his bowler!

    Anyways, congrats SL on ur series win! Do the same in the tests too, demoralise England as much as u can! Malinga..... wht to say abt this guy..... I am one jealous Indian as we dont have such a class bowler in our team! SL will miss him in tests!

  • Dr.Lakson on June 3, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    SL gets to number 2 rankings. Great chase and good calculated chase with DL scare in the middle! Good to see Mathews geting the final runs to give it back to Poms who were booing though they got tired after they realised Mathews was there to put the final nails on their coffin! Cook still did try to bad mouth Mathews in the end. They must be thinking that they are the Lords of Cricket!

  • Patchmaster on June 3, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    NEWSFLASH - Cook and Bopara score too slowly and lose the match for England. Sound familiar ?

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    That was not very graceful behaviour Captain Cook at the end. Didn't they teach you that loosing is all part of the game. You win some and you lose some. Captain need to set an example to his team to maintain decorum in defeat!

  • Roshan_P on June 3, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    England need some serious reform here, and, like a previous report suggested, it is probably a good thing that they lost as a reform is more likely now. The bowling line-up is fine as it is I think, although I think another bowling option is needed. Maybe an all-rounder such as Woakes, or Stokes when he returns. But it is the batting order that needs most change as there are not enough destructive players like Buttler in the team. That is why I think Hales is a good option as he would provide a good early impetus which has been lacking. Ian Bell type batsmen are also needed I think, but we have enough of that. There may need to be some changes elsewhere in the line-up too.

    Buttler received two warnings from the bowler and what he did was in the rules of the game, so Senanayake did not do anything wrong there. I hope Buttler learns from this mistake.

  • doncl on June 3, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan, I am still not 100% agree with the mankading incident. However, the bowler did warn the batsman. If people say this is wrong, then how can you support when a batsman drives the ball straight and if it hits the stumps after touching the bowler and if the non striker is out of the crease. This is also another type of mankading. Don't you agree? If people critiize mankaing, they should add the above too.

  • DylanSamarawickrama on June 3, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Are there rules in cricket? The answer is yes! When can a batsman be given out? When he breaches a rule. Then what is this crap about spirit of the game when the batsman can not abide by the rules? Even at International levels, should the bowler remind the batsman of rules and give him a warning? I know you refer to cricket players as boys, but when will you grow up?

  • yorkslanka on June 3, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka . A lot of people said we can't win abroad..enjoy that slice of humble pie won't you..

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Not the best way to see someone lose their wicket, but the batsmen were warned. Hopefully lessons learnt all round.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Unfortunately once a bowler has given a warning, the batter is fair game. It would be bad sportsmanship to knock the bails off without a warning. England have no excuses.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Poor sportsmanship from Sri Lanka

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    You guys are trying to make this more of a 'controversy' than it really was. One wicket that was argued about but that was it. 6 wicket win is as comprehensive of a win as it gets. Oh and Cook looked down right pathetic at the end there with having a go at Angelo when his team just got whooped by 6 wickets..embarrassing.

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    He warned the batsman. Twice. Mankading somebody without warning the player is a little bit in bad spirit, but Mankading somebody who continues to get a head start even after warning them, thoroughly deserves it. What was Senanayake supposed to do? Was he supposed to keep warning them even though they kept ignoring him?

  • on June 3, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    I used to love Sri Lanka and Sangkakara was my favourite captain...not anymore

  • Ranjit_sourav on June 3, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Hobart 2012:After 2 warning.Ashwin mankaded Thirimanne back in 2012 triangular series in Australia, With a kind heart and good sportmanship, standin skipper Sehwag asked Thirimanne to continue his innings. The worrying part is many srilankan supporters critisized Ashwin for this doiing. Now you are saying Senanyake did right what the rules supposed to be. The same rule applicable in 2012 too. Is it a good sportmanship, It clearly shows the fear,how you guys got butlered in your previous match

  • hhillbumper on June 3, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    It should be Sri lanka one would think.Be funny if it came down to the bowlers and someone got run out. Just hop the spin bowler can play in the tests. It would be lovely to see his batting form against some of the quicks

  • VikumHerath on June 3, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    MDKJ Perera lbw b Anderson 19 runs - 29 balls -SR: 65.51 - THERE GOES AGAIN for the 14 th consecutive time facing less than 30 balls (luckyly surviving due to a dropped dolly in the first ball of the SIXTH over) . He has wasted a valuable REVIEW TOO knowing well, that he didn't have any nick..! He seems to be a selfish guy, who doesn't care about the side.

    Kusal never managed to do his duties as an opener in ODIs outside Bangla. Keep thie burden forever & loose all matches! Way to go SL "Sports Lord"..!

  • colinham on June 3, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Tiger Roars

    I'm afraid you are right! I don't like them, but if he's warned the batsman once (both batsmen I understand) then Buttler was being dim.

    The other oddity (as pointed out in the article) is the difference between the Laws and the ODI rules. Umpires all over the country will be getting this wrong in junior matches over the next week or so as bowlers try to run out batsmen who are backing up. Most will be dead balls (as will be in the delivery stride). The video in the Laws of Cricket, covering Law 42 on Fair & Unfair Play is very instructive on this point - and covers the ethical conundrum.

    Graeme Swann's tweet on his dad's reaction also covers this - and I'm old fashioned enough to go with his dad! None of my lads will be running people out this way unless the batsmen are seriously taking the micky.

  • Sribell on June 3, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I do not understand why butler's dismissal is controversial. As an international cricketer he should know the rules plus he was warned. Just because it does not suit England it does not become against the spirit of the game. Running out a batsman on 99 can also be against the spirit of the game!

  • IPLbeatsEPL on June 3, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    People talk about spirit of the GAME... Here is something to think about. Senanayake Warned Butler… didn't he?, so if Butler was playing for the "spirit", then he should have acknowledged Senanayake's first warning and should have stood in crease. Butler didn't then why do you expect Senanayake to do so?

  • shockValue on June 3, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    1. When facing a delivery a batsmen leaves his crease even for an inch he can be stumped but when he goes out of the crease from the other end while the bowler is delivering its unethical to run him out? 2. How can one follow the rule and at the same time be unethical? 3. Senanayake had warned root twice. So he was supposed to let him leisurely strolls out continuously? 4. Is spirit of the cricket upheld in other occasions? Well then in true spirit of cricket all folk who nick it should walk #root? Way too much questions regarding this. There should be one solid course of action and that should be a RULE. Its ridiculous to tag somebody a cheat (which many have done) for following the rule written to handle the exact situation. Warning the batsmen is not even mentioned.

  • on June 3, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    I think this mankading shouldn't be allowed, many will say well run-outs shouldn't then but run outs are a different matter because the ball is in play however with mankading different batters have more of a chance of being subject to it, for example Gayle he isn't good at running between wickets so if he is off strike many a time you see him coming out of his crease to prepare to run the single. As for the score, I still have faith in England with it, Sri Lanka are good with the bat but, as we have proved, we never give up fighting for the win even with one run needed we would never just let it go we always fight for the win and have rather good bowlers just not at the death

  • aaditya24 on June 3, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Peter kirsten played for SA.The game that has been mentioned in the article was india vs SA in 1992 and not ind vs NZ!!Couple of seasons back R ashwin had mankaded Lankan batsmen Thirrimanne but the decision was changed after umpires consulted with the indian captain Sehwag(Dhoni wasnt playing that game)! http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html

  • DDesai44 on June 3, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    An error in mentioning the last instance of Mankading...

    Peter Kirsten was the last player to be out Mankaded in an ODI, during India's first tour of South Africa in 1992-93.

  • grant1976 on June 3, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    @wapuser: Correct Cook is not for ODI's his batting is negative and slow, puts far too much pressure on the lower middle order. Couple that with his appalling comments this week about Buttler, also his role is ousting KP and you start to question who it is who is selfish and has the ego problem.... For my money a lot of England's current problem stem from Cook (let's not even mention Downton..) The Sri Lankans are now showing us how to open the batting in ODI's.. I hope Cook watches the video!

  • FawltyBean on June 3, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    @Narabavi - both batsmen received warnings in the previous over from Senanayake

  • ReverseSweepRhino on June 3, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Personally, I think the laws should be further amended to credit the Mankad wicket to the bowler instead of a run-out. (Similar to a stumping, which is considered a wicket for the bowler.) And the warning should be deemed completely unnecessary. That way, the bowler wouldn't be bothered by arbitrary concerns of people interpreting his actions while knocking the bails off. And the non-striker would know fully well what the bowler is going to do if he attempts to set off early.

    In baseball, the pitcher can run a runner out before he pitches the ball. It is an interesting aspect of play. I don't see why cricket can't (or shouldn't) have the same.

  • Megatron3024 on June 3, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    That meant the first instance of 'Mankading' in international cricket since Peter Kirsten's innings was ended by Kapil Dev in such a manner during an ODI between New Zealand and India in 1992.

    correction: peter kirsten belonged to South Africa

  • osteo on June 3, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Srilanka should remember about the incident what happened vs india in Australia cb series. Yow shewag acted at that time

  • Ranjit_Perera on June 3, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    @Narabavi well he already got warned TWICE so i think its a fair call :)

  • NP_NY on June 3, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    I am not a big fan of getting a batsman out this way but if Senanayake warned Buttler first before mankading him, I think it is fair. There is no reason to give batsmen an unfair advantage in terms of running between the wickets.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Peter Kirsten's incident happened during a game between India and South Africa, not New Zealand.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    It's fair enough. I think the ruling is in some forms of cricket that once the bowlers landing foot is down the batter can take off. In baseball they have "balking" as they see running as a skill and appreciate fast running. But no such rule applies in cricket. In this case, after two warnings, I'm happy that Buttler was the one at fault here. This wasn't a 300 pitch, but they probably needed 240 to be really competitive. The more time is lost to rain the more Sri Lanka will be favourites - that's just the way Duckworth Lewis is skewed.

  • bobmartin on June 3, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Why do the ICC constantly muck around with the Laws of Cricket which were supposedly under the guardianship of the MCC... I'm sure that the dispensation within the Laws for local authorities was not intended to allow such radical wholesale changes in the Laws, but to cater for "local" conditions and customs. However it seems that the ICC, at least as far as any match played under it's auspices is concerned is now the guardian of the Laws... This has led to several "rules/playing conditions" which go completely against the spirit of the game ..... which they supposedly endorse..

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    If you don't leave your crease, you can't be run out. Simple as that.

  • Nmiduna on June 3, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Someone plz talk common sense here! If mankading is against spirit of cricket..then how come backing up and shortening your running distance is?? Especially when u r batting with a tailender? I see it as an act against unfair play!

  • Twinkie on June 3, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Good form, Sri Lanka. Very good form.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Buttler's run out. hmmm... as a true cricket fan I would love to see good cricket played at every time no matter what the situation. But see owners of the game break the ethics like Roots dismisal. He knew that ball hit the glouves but still he waited untill he got embarrased. Also there is no excuse for buttler and senanayake as well.

  • pitch_fly on June 3, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    im sl fan. But i dont like how this mankading was handled by mathews. specially since he was the beneficiary of a similar decision which wasn't illegal and but didnt feel right from andrew strauss (an english captain) in 2008 champions trophy. and also thirimanne was called in by sehwag after being mankaded, who was bold enough to admit that we (asian cricketers) are soft. of course we cant let the batsman do that forever but there should have been 1 more sterner warning from mathews to butler.

  • Akshita29 on June 3, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Butler mankading is fair. Why there was no booing for Joe Root who stood his ground almost after boxing the ball with his glove. Anyways every run matters. So either ICC scrap this rule and bring a system of penalty of runs ( say 5 run short everytime a batsman is warned twice.)

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Most cricketers would not want to get someone out the way that Buttler was dismissed, and Sri Lanka don't need to get a batsman out that way. Buttler wasn't in the process of stealing a run when he was run out. This dismissal was not in the spirit of cricket.

  • rizwan1981 on June 3, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    In the previous ODI , Butler and Bopara were able to takes very sharp singles , convert ones in to twos and twos in to threes because of backing up unfairly - The Sri Lankan Analyst and Fielding Coach would have pointed highlighted the reason why the score board was ticking over at a rate of knots in the 4th ODI .

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    sachithra shouldn't be cornered for running the non striker out, a move which is well within the laws of the game. Batsman should have taken note of warnings given by him. Buttler has only himself to blame for lack of regard for the bowler. How far would you tolerate the same mistake?

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Buttlers run out :

    If some people like me are saying that this is not in the spirit of cricket then it shouldn't be in the rules of cricket as it is unfortunately can be used.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Warned few times... If you can not listen, Bye Bye mate.

    Right thing to do at the right time.. No matter who cries.

  • Chris1881 on June 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Rather dozy from Buttler - he wasn't even looking at Senanayake when he moved out of his crease. Not sure the persistent booing of Senanayake helped Jordan to concentrate.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Butler's run out. Come on Sri Lanka. Surely you are better than that.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Nothing wrong with this dismissal. After couple of warnings still he is doing the mistake. He should have been penalized. And Sachithra was fantastic on this. This is nothing to do with spirit of the game. It was Buttler's mistake. So he got paid for it. that's it. Come on Lions, let us make this as a Victory too.

  • NCP1 on June 3, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    You need to get the batsman out in anyway you could, that is bower's and fielding side job. Warning him before running him out is more than a fair game. He and others players will be more careful now. Good Job in reminding everyone that you can get run out this way.

  • sharidas on June 3, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    It's obvious that every player knows the rules in Cricket. I do not see anything wrong in what Senanayake did, since he had already warned the batsmen before.The batsman certainly gains by making a start before the ball is bowled…So where is the problem ?

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Senanayake courts further controversy! HOW? If the batsmen is backing up too far, in the process disrupting the bowler then he deserved to be stumped !

    He is damn well very out. Up with the finger, umpire.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Cook batting in test or what? He is not fit for odi's.

  • Narabavi on June 3, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    If Mankading is against the spirit of cricket, run outs should be too...at least warn the batsman a couple of times before running him out..

  • TigerRoars on June 3, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I don't like these run-outs, but if Senanayake already issued warning, I cannot find fault with him.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    After 1st innings, chasing runs is not enough for SL. Hope England will be more powerful in home ground against India :-) best of luck.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    im not happy with butlers Runout, :'(

  • jmcilhinney on June 3, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Perhaps England's batsmen made it look worse than it was but it did seem a tricky pitch. If England bowl and field well then SL's batsman may find the same thing and we may still have a game on our hands.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    is England cricket is that much poor unable to cover hole ground in rain??????

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 3, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    This is a really slow pitch. SL needs to bat first 20 overs carefully not loosing many wickets. Otherwise 220 will be very difficult task. Hope Mahela will bat well.

  • Hatter_Mad on June 3, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Bad form, Sri Lanka. Very bad form.

  • jmcilhinney on June 3, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Buttler's been run out in slightly unusual circumstances twice in a row now. This one in particular was a real waste. Hopefully he learns a lesson from it and makes sure that the same thing never happens again.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    now butller will learn to respect the rules of crickets poor englends....

  • Snambidi on June 3, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    The 5th ODI assumes more importance now being a decider in the ODI series.

    Srilanka would appear to have performed well as compared to England.

    England could not derive full advantage of their home series whereas Srilanka dis abnormally well. Now the match depends on Bopara& Buttler. Unless they could score something like 280 & above,the match would appear to be in favor of Srilanka who are good with bat.

  • Roshan_P on June 3, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    While England's bowling isn't bad, I really think they have to examine this batting order. Maybe to bolster the bowling they could bring in either Stokes or Woakes for future ODIs. Also Hales has to have some time opening the batting for England in ODIs. Root and Ballance are pretty good, but as they and the current openers are more of the solid and steady type of batsman we need a Dilshan-like opener to really propel England in the early overs. There has been talk of James Vince too, he should be given some games in future.

  • on June 3, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Best of luck Sri Lanka

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  • on June 3, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Best of luck Sri Lanka

  • Roshan_P on June 3, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    While England's bowling isn't bad, I really think they have to examine this batting order. Maybe to bolster the bowling they could bring in either Stokes or Woakes for future ODIs. Also Hales has to have some time opening the batting for England in ODIs. Root and Ballance are pretty good, but as they and the current openers are more of the solid and steady type of batsman we need a Dilshan-like opener to really propel England in the early overs. There has been talk of James Vince too, he should be given some games in future.

  • Snambidi on June 3, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    The 5th ODI assumes more importance now being a decider in the ODI series.

    Srilanka would appear to have performed well as compared to England.

    England could not derive full advantage of their home series whereas Srilanka dis abnormally well. Now the match depends on Bopara& Buttler. Unless they could score something like 280 & above,the match would appear to be in favor of Srilanka who are good with bat.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    now butller will learn to respect the rules of crickets poor englends....

  • jmcilhinney on June 3, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Buttler's been run out in slightly unusual circumstances twice in a row now. This one in particular was a real waste. Hopefully he learns a lesson from it and makes sure that the same thing never happens again.

  • Hatter_Mad on June 3, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Bad form, Sri Lanka. Very bad form.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 3, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    This is a really slow pitch. SL needs to bat first 20 overs carefully not loosing many wickets. Otherwise 220 will be very difficult task. Hope Mahela will bat well.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    is England cricket is that much poor unable to cover hole ground in rain??????

  • jmcilhinney on June 3, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Perhaps England's batsmen made it look worse than it was but it did seem a tricky pitch. If England bowl and field well then SL's batsman may find the same thing and we may still have a game on our hands.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    im not happy with butlers Runout, :'(