Sri Lanka in England ODI Series - 1st ODI

England v Sri Lanka

England won by 81 runs (D/L method)

Lasith Malinga is getting himself sorted for the first over. Takes off one of his chains and hands it to the umpire. Here we go...

shiras: "Kusal Is the Future for sure. But his form has been very poor. Specially in england. So its a good they dropped him and saying work on your game more. He has real problem with the moving ball. Hence I guess the today's forcast played a part in him being dropped"

12.55pm Just a few minutes away from the start. Some dark clouds around the ground.

Jayanga, meanwhile, does not agree with Shiras: "I don't have any idea why Kusal Perera is not playing in this match. He is a bright prospect for future Sri Lankan cricket and he should definitely be part of SL team in 2015 world cup. He had a good tour in Australia."

12.40pm Good news about the weather so far as the sun pops through. You would think England will go for their steady approach first up. Kulasekara could be a handful in these conditions with some cloud cover around.

shiras: "Impressed with SL .. they going with form and team balance, dropping kusal in place of chandimal. And playing lakmal. "

12.30pm Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bowl. Angelo Mathews says he thinks there will be some help for the seamers. Alastair Cook says he would have bowled as well with the dodgy forecast around. "If he was a sunny day you'd probably bat first," Cook said.

Ravi Bopara dislocated a finger in practice a few moments ago but has been passed fit to play. No Michael Carberry or Chris Woakes for England. Just the one frontline spinner for Sri Lanka.

England Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Harry Gurney

Sri Lanka Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga

12.25pm Scott : "How can Carberry get in ahead of Hales!!??" It's a good and common question at the moment. Not sure Carberry will play today anyway...we'll see shortly, but not sure what Hales has to do really (well, maybe part from play regularly for his county).

Ian: "Hales does play regularly for Notts in all Limited Overs cricket. 1st Class form is entirely irrelevant here." I'm not sure it is, Ian. Certainly from the selectors' point of view. Guess it's also part of the problem with the structure of the domestic season. No one-day cricket and only one T20 match before internationals started. Rightly or wrongly (and I'd say the latter) the selectors believe Hales' technical issues cross from red-ball to 50-over cricket.

12.15pm Hello and welcome to coverage of the first one-day international between England and Sri Lanka from The Oval. It was the visitors who took the honours in the T20 so they will enter this match with a spring in their step. I'm Andrew McGlashan and along with Alex Winter will bring you all the action today.

The weather around London is not fantastic today, showers are lurking, so it's a case of fingers crossed that we get a full game in. We'll have the toss and team news for you in the next 15 minutes or so.

For now, why not have a read of our pre-match pieces which include Alastair Cook saying he believes there is still plenty of goodwill for the England team and Angelo Mathews being wary of the conditions his team will face.

0.1

Malinga to Cook, no run, full and middle and leg, touch of swing, Cook flicks it to square leg

One slip in place

0.2

Malinga to Cook, 1 wide, more swing but this time it starts outside leg and slips down the leg side

0.2

Malinga to Cook, no run, back of a length, on off stump, defended towards mid-on

0.3

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, there's the first yorker, on target as well around off stump, it squirts off the outside edge behind point

A second slip comes into place for Bell. He was dropped at slip off Malinga in the T20

0.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, on a length at middle and off, Bell gets across his crease and defends to the leg side

0.5

Malinga to Bell, FOUR, hint of width and that's nicely cut away squad through point for the first boundary

0.6

Malinga to Bell, no run, on a length, outside off, left alone

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
IR Bell    4* (3b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-6-0
AN Cook    1* (3b)     

Nuwan Kulasekara takes the other new ball

1.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, on off stump, defended to the covers

1.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, touch fuller this time, on middle and off, blocked back down the pitch

1.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, gets forward on off stump, defended square into the off side

1.4

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, dropped, but it would have been a terrific catch from Dilshan. Cook reaching out in front of his body and drives in the air off a thick outside edge. Dilshan dived high to his left but couldn't hold on

1.5

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, takes the thigh pad into the leg side

1.6

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, touch of seam movement this time from short of a length, squares up Cook a touch and it runs into the off side...good first over from Kulasekara

End of over 2 (maiden) England 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
AN Cook    1* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0
IR Bell    4* (3b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-6-0

2.1

Malinga to Bell, no run, full outside off, Bell gets onto the front foot and drives to mid-off

2.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, not quite so full this time, Bell opens the face a touch as he plays into the off side

Second slip comes out to short cover

2.3

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, back of a length, Bell opens the face and runs it down to third man

2.4

Malinga to Cook, FOUR, loses his line onto leg stump and it's neatly clipped away off the pads down to fine leg

2.5

Malinga to Cook, no run, back on off stump, driven into cover

2.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, good delivery to finish with, on off stump, touch of swing back into Cook who defends to the bowler

End of over 3 (5 runs) England 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
AN Cook    5* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-0
IR Bell    5* (6b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0

Short midwicket in place for Bell now instead of short cover

3.1

Kulasekara to Bell, 1 run, on a length outside off, chopped down to third man

3.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, outside off, Cook pulls his bat inside the line

3.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, defended towards mid-off

3.4

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, fuller and a touch wider, he gets a big stride forward and drives to the right of mid-off but not quite with the best of timing...easy single

3.5

Kulasekara to Bell, FOUR, this whistles away through the covers, Bell leans into a drive against a wide-ish delivery, driving on the up and his bottom hand come off the bat...ball went all along the ground

3.6

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, tighter to off stump, defended firmly towards the bowler who gets a hand on it

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 17/0 (RR: 4.25)
IR Bell    10* (9b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-6-0
AN Cook    6* (15b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-0

Early change of bowling as Lakmal replaces Malinga

4.1

Lakmal to Cook, 2 runs, starts on the pads, flicked wide of square leg

4.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, adjusts his line a fraction, on middle and off, defended towards mid-on

4.3

Lakmal to Cook, 2 runs, nice piece of placement from Cook, stands tall and drives a short-of-a-length delivery between point and cover over the wide square of pitches

4.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, a strangled appeal for lbw, nips back off a length but took Cook very high on the pads

4.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, across onto off stump, defended

4.6

Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, short of a length, whipped off the back foot just wide enough of mid-on for a comfortable single

Dilshan gets some treatment on a finger after that earlier dropped catch

End of over 5 (5 runs) England 22/0 (RR: 4.40)
AN Cook    11* (21b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-5-0
IR Bell    10* (9b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-6-0

5.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, full outside off, defended into the covers

Early signs are that there is not a great deal of pace in this pitch

5.2

Kulasekara to Cook, OUT, first breakthrough! Went after a wide delivery, he moved across his crease to try and reach it, well away from his body and thin edge through to Sangakkara. He hadn't been offered much width and his eyes lit up

AN Cook c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 11 (21m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.82

Gary Ballance, the Yorkshire left hander, is at No. 3

5.3

Kulasekara to Ballance, 1 run, edgy start, a full delivery on middle, Ballance plays across his pad a little and gets a thick inside edge into the leg side

5.4

Kulasekara to Bell, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cut down to third man

5.5

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, full on off stump, defended to the covers

5.6

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, a little fuller, brings Ballance forward into a drive. It went in the air for a short while before reaching mid-off

End of over 6 (2 runs) England 24/1 (RR: 4.00)
GS Ballance    1* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-8-1
IR Bell    11* (10b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-5-0

6.1

Lakmal to Bell, no run, a flamboyant drive from Bell and he gets beaten on the outside edge. It wasn't that full and he was playing it on the up, but the swing took it past the edge

6.2

Lakmal to Bell, no run, a tighter stroke this time, stays on the back foot and pushes into the off side

6.3

Lakmal to Bell, no run, on off stump, punched square into the covers

6.4

Lakmal to Bell, no run, gets onto the front foot and drives firmly into the covers but can't beat the off-side ring

6.5

Lakmal to Bell, FOUR, dropped in short and Bell takes advantage, pull it wide of midwicket and although it wasn't perfectly timed it skipped away

6.6

Lakmal to Bell, no run, full and wide, driven to cover

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 28/1 (RR: 4.00)
IR Bell    15* (16b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-9-0
GS Ballance    1* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-8-1

7.1

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, keeping it full, as he must do and his pace, Ballance pushes towards mid-off

7.2

Kulasekara to Ballance, FOUR, that's a nice piece of timing, flicks it away from middle and stump and it's towards the shorter of the boundaries so fine leg can't stop it

7.3

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, lunges forward and defends to point

7.4

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, the ball just holding a fraction in the surface, nearly takes a leading edge as Ballance closes his face

7.5

Kulasekara to Ballance, FOUR, that's a terrific shot, a punchy straight drive which beats the bowler in his follow through and splits mid-off and mid-on

7.6

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, pushes this outside off, left alone

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 36/1 (RR: 4.50)
GS Ballance    9* (9b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-16-1
IR Bell    15* (16b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-9-0

8.1

Lakmal to Bell, no run, back of a length, driven on the up to mid-off

8.2

Lakmal to Bell, 1 run, works a straight delivery off his pads behind square on the leg side

Narbavi: "A word on the crowd please? Would like to know how the crowds respond to one day cricket in England at this moment." A fair number of empty seats at the moment. Not sure if any of these ODIs are a sell-out

8.3

Lakmal to Ballance, no run, tucked into the leg side

8.4

Lakmal to Ballance, no run, back of a length on off stump, runs off an open face and backward point prevents the single

8.5

Lakmal to Ballance, 1 run, a similar shot and it runs finer this time down to third man

8.6

Lakmal to Bell, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 38/1 (RR: 4.22)
IR Bell    16* (19b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-11-0
GS Ballance    10* (12b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-16-1

9.1

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, full on off stump, bat and pad together as he defends

9.2

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, a loose drive this time, quite similar to Cook's dismissal but no edge from Ballance...his foot wasn't to the pitch, playing away from his body

9.3

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, short of a length, nips back into Ballance who guides it, on the bounce, towards slip

9.4

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, fuller again, pushed up to mid-on

9.5

Kulasekara to Ballance, no run, touch width, cuts to backward point

9.6

Kulasekara to Ballance, 1 run, this one scoots off a thick outside edge as Ballance drives, it was in the air but goes fine of backward point to third man

A battling Powerplay from England. Sri Lanka have kept them under wraps.

End of over 10 (1 run) England 39/1 (RR: 3.90)
GS Ballance    11* (18b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-17-1
IR Bell    16* (19b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-11-0

10.1

Lakmal to Ballance, 1 run, worked away from off stump into the leg side with a flick of the wrists

10.2

Lakmal to Bell, 2 runs, out with a hit! Bell tucked the ball into square leg and immediately thought there was two, but Sangakkara chased it very hard from behind the stumps and a direct hit would have had Bell short

10.3

Lakmal to Bell, 1 run, run down to third man

10.4

Lakmal to Ballance, 1 run, push and run towards mid-off

10.5

Lakmal to Bell, 1 run, comes forward and drives straight down the ground, no great power behind the shot so mid-on is able to get around

10.6

Lakmal to Ballance, 1 run, back of a length outside off, opens the face down to third man

End of over 11 (7 runs) England 46/1 (RR: 4.18)
GS Ballance    14* (21b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-0-18-0
IR Bell    20* (22b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-17-1

Lasith Malinga comes back into the attack

11.1

Malinga to Ballance, no run, starts very full, hint of swing into Ballance who jabs down

11.2

Malinga to Ballance, no run, gets forward into a more confident drive this time, picks out mid-off

11.3

Malinga to Ballance, FOUR, gets outside leg stump this time and very neatly worked away fine of long leg

11.4

Malinga to Ballance, 1 run, keeping it full at the stumps, dug out into midwicket

11.5

Malinga to Bell, no run, outside off, not so full, Bell forward and pushes to cover

11.6

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, banged in a short, a rare short ball from Malinga, looped off the slow surface and Bell held back in his pull long enough to help the ball into midwicket

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 52/1 (RR: 4.33)
IR Bell    21* (24b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-17-0
GS Ballance    19* (25b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-0-18-0

Thisara Perera, who played a key innings in the T20, now gets his turn with the ball. One slip in place

12.1

Perera to Bell, no run, on a length outside off, 76mph, driven to the covers

12.2

Perera to Bell, no run, lovely delivery, nipped away off the seam to beat the outside edge as he came forward

12.3

Perera to Bell, 2 runs, width this time, Bell drives square but there's a sweeper out on the cover boundary now

12.4

Perera to Bell, SIX, ah, that's some of Bell at his best...a beautiful lofted straight drive against a full delivery, his intent was always to clear the boundary. Lovely long follow through.

12.5

Perera to Bell, no run, opens the face and plays to point

12.6

Perera to Bell, 1 run, this goes in the air a long way towards third man as Bell upper-cuts at some width but it doesn't have the legs to carry to Malinga

End of over 13 (9 runs) England 61/1 (RR: 4.69)
IR Bell    30* (30b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    1-0-9-0
GS Ballance    19* (25b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-17-0

Now it's Angelo Mathews with the ball

13.1

Mathews to Bell, 1 run, chopped down to third man

Chandru: "I live 15 miles south of Oval in Epsom and it is pouring here.. Hope the rain doesn't spoil the game today." Hopefully a localised shower!

13.2

Mathews to Ballance, 1 run, touch of extra bounce from a good length seems to take Ballance by surprise but he's able to guide to third man

13.3

Mathews to Bell, 1 run, drifts onto leg stump, clipped out to deep square-leg who is quickly into the ball to prevent a second

13.4

Mathews to Ballance, no run, good diving save at backward point by Dilshan as Ballance cuts

13.5

Mathews to Ballance, no run, touch of width again but no timing or placement from Ballance as he cuts it into the ground towards cover

13.6

Mathews to Ballance, no run, good work again by Dilshan, he's being kept busying. Springing to his right this time to intercept a better timed cut

DT: "The crowd will increase in a few hours. It's a day nighter remember, so a lot of us will be going after work. Trying to leave work early to watch Malinga clean up England's tail."

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 64/1 (RR: 4.57)
GS Ballance    20* (29b 3x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    32* (32b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    1-0-9-0

14.1

Perera to Bell, 3 runs, top shot from Bell, driven on the up wide of mid-off, but it's an excellent chase from Lakmal who then dives near the rope to flick the ball back

14.2

Perera to Ballance, 1 run, forward on off stump, runs off the face to third man

14.3

Perera to Bell, 1 run, nicely bowled, back of a length and nips back into Bell but it's able to jab it backward of point

14.4

Perera to Ballance, 1 run, cut down to third man

14.5

Perera to Bell, no run, ah, well bowled...nice shape away from Bell and he's beaten as he tries to glide it to third man

14.6

Perera to Bell, no run, full at off stump, pushed back to the bowler

Phil Thomas: "Yet another pathetic display from England in a one dayer. When will they learn it's all about runs! Cookies return, especially as the captain was woeful to say the least." Not sure 70 for 1 in 15 is pathetic. To see if they can build on it I'm handing over to Alex.

End of over 15 (6 runs) England 70/1 (RR: 4.66)
IR Bell    36* (36b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-15-0
GS Ballance    22* (31b 3x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0

Cheers Gnasher, hello everyone...

15.1

Mathews to Ballance, 2 runs, short and pulled wide of deep midwicket so they can run hard for the second, brings the fifty partnership up

15.2

Mathews to Ballance, 1 leg bye, fuller and straight line, flicks the pad to long leg and they get an extra

15.3

Mathews to Bell, 1 wide, Bell takes a walk down the wicket, the bowler tries to cramp him up but fires it down the leg side

15.3

Mathews to Bell, 1 run, back of a length, Bell up on his toes to dab into midwicket for an easy single

15.4

Mathews to Ballance, FOUR, cut off a thick top edge and it flies over slip's right shoulder and whistles to the rope, too tight a line for the cut, it wasn't a chance to the second slip

15.5

Mathews to Ballance, 1 run, fuller, played gently out to deep cover for an easy single

15.6

Mathews to Bell, 1 run, full at the stumps, tucked through midwicket for another easy single

End of over 16 (11 runs) England 81/1 (RR: 5.06)
IR Bell    38* (38b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-13-0
GS Ballance    29* (35b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-15-0

16.1

Perera to Bell, 1 run, full of a length two feet wide of off stump, a pleasant drive to deep cover

16.2

Perera to Ballance, 1 run, same stroke from the left-hander to a similar ball

16.3

Perera to Bell, no run, tighter line, dabbed into the covers but no single available

16.4

Perera to Bell, 2 runs, touch shorter and Bell late cuts wide of third man for two

16.5

Perera to Bell, FOUR, touch too full and Bell whacks it down the ground for a one-bounce four, lovely timing, well away from mid-off, glorious clean strike

16.6

Perera to Bell, 2 runs, shorter and tighter line, clipped behind deep-square leg and they come back for a second

England in decent shape as they take drinks. Neil Thompson: "Just down the road in Putney we've got a thunderstorm and quite heavy rain. Let's hope it's very localised."

End of over 17 (10 runs) England 91/1 (RR: 5.35)
IR Bell    47* (43b 4x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    3-0-25-0
GS Ballance    30* (36b 4x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-13-0

Change of pace just after the beverages with Sachithra Senanayake into the attack...

17.1

Senanayake to Ballance, no run, around the wicket, full length on the stumps, flicked back to the bowler

17.2

Senanayake to Ballance, 1 run, similar delivery but this time Ballance works it into the leg side for a single

17.3

Senanayake to Bell, 1 run, over the wicket to Bell, full outside off, driven through cover to the sweeper

17.4

Senanayake to Ballance, 1 run, more flight and Ballance gets an inside edge through midwicket having looked to play off side initially

17.5

Senanayake to Bell, no run, Bell went back but it was full and he ended up tapping it back to the bowler

17.6

Senanayake to Bell, no run, similar scenario with Bell back on his stumps to a ball that's quite full and he just knocks it up the wicket again

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 94/1 (RR: 5.22)
IR Bell    48* (46b 4x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-3-0
GS Ballance    32* (39b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-25-0

18.1

Mathews to Ballance, no run, slower ball a foot wide of off stump, reached out for and ran to point

18.2

Mathews to Ballance, 1 run, another slower ball, Ballance slightly deceived and chips it into the covers, safely enough but he popped it up

18.3

Mathews to Bell, no run, length ball a foot wide of off stump, Bell tries to run it down to third man but can only find backward point

18.4

Mathews to Bell, no run, cutter around off stump, worked from the crease to midwicket, no run available

18.5

Mathews to Bell, 1 run, this time Bell works a fuller ball wide of midwicket and they get a single this time

18.6

Mathews to Ballance, 1 run, length on the stumps, a little straight worked out to long leg

Nice little over that...

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 97/1 (RR: 5.10)
GS Ballance    34* (42b 4x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-16-0
IR Bell    49* (49b 4x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-3-0

A few clouds around but dry for now...

19.1

Senanayake to Ballance, no run, carefully forward on off stump and ran to backward point

19.2

Senanayake to Ballance, 2 runs, premeditated paddle sweep from just outside off, gets it fine enough for a couple

19.3

Senanayake to Ballance, 1 run, slightly fuller length, driven firmly to point and there's a fumble so they get a single to bring the hundred up

19.4

Senanayake to Bell, no run, premeditated reverse paddle but straight to the short third man

19.5

Senanayake to Bell, no run, straighter line, flicked to short long leg, no run available

19.6

Senanayake to Bell, 1 run, length, waited for and punched down the ground to bring up a smart fifty from Bell in 52 balls

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 101/1 (RR: 5.05)
IR Bell    50* (52b 4x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-7-0
GS Ballance    37* (45b 4x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-16-0

20.1

Mathews to Bell, no run, big cry for lbw as Bell slightly falls over himself looking to play to leg, was hit low on the pad, looked to be sliding down, not out given but they go for the review and Hawk Eye has it only just clipping leg stump so that goes down as a bit of a waste of a review really

20.2

Mathews to Bell, no run, cutter and Bell is almost deceived coming forward and gets a bit of a leading edge into the covers, not aerial

20.3

Mathews to Bell, no run, fuller length and Bell plays a flourishing drive that goes directly to extra cover

20.4

Mathews to Bell, OUT, another slower ball, Bell sits back for it and swings leg side but swings it straight to short long leg where Malinga takes an easy catch. A poor dismissal from Bell's point of view not getting the elevation on a ball that was there to hit but he picked it up only as far as Malinga who only had his hat falling off to worry about in taking the catch

IR Bell c Malinga b Mathews 50 (88m 56b 4x4 1x6) SR: 89.28

Right, back come the players for the restart and Eoin Morgan is striding out, being promoted ahead of Joe Root who crucially didn't cross the boundary before the rain. Angelo Mathews to get us back underway...

Karthik: "England need to step on the gas now. Anything less then 250 will be chased easily as D/L normally favours the team batting second." Indeed I'm sure Sri Lanka would have bowled first also with D/L in mind. England could get tripped up here by their patient Powerplay and losing Ian Bell the ball before the rain break. It's a 19-over innings now with eight wickets to play with.

Good news, we are going to restart at 5pm, the umpires just want to give it a little longer for the outfield to dry out. It will be a 39-overs per side match, with an eight over initial Powerplay and four over batting Powerplay.

4.25pm Wade: "Cricket shoots itself in the foot by not playing when the rain stops. There should be a rule that play starts 45 mins after the rain ends unless it's been raining for more than 2 hours." I don't think it's possible to be that black and white because weather and grounds change all the time. The umpires are now out in the middle ahead of schedule for their second inspection and it looks as if they're concerned about some areas of the outfield where large puddles formed earlier.

4.10pm The umpires have had a look and decided to inspect again at 4.30pm, further evidence of how much rain came down in that burst about 3.30. It's supposed to be tea at 4.30!

Rich Randall: "Ah, Chris...think you've got a point there mate...although, does KP actually still officially play for Surrey?" Yep, he'll be making an appearance between the IPL and the Caribbean Premier League.

3.55pm The inspection is about to happen and the weather has cleared completely, it's now dry and sunny and cricket looks like it could happen pretty soon. But we have lost 90 minutes of play. What could this become, a 35 over contest perhaps?

3.45pm Alastair Cook is a man under pressure after England disastrous winter and there are suggestions that England supporters may have turned against him after Cook was allowed to keep his job following the debacle in Australia. But despite their troubles, Cook was confident yesterday that the fans remain on side. But England surely need to return to winning ways quickly to keep them there.

Chris Murphy: "Re Graeme Smith, it seems that some people will do anything to get out of playing with KP!"

3.25pm Some breaking county news this afternoon is that Graeme Smith has a knee injury which is set to rule him out of the rest of the 2014 season, which is a blow to Surrey's ambitions, especially after he made a match-winning hundred last week. On the plus side, Surrey have Hashim Amla arriving to fill the gap, which isn't a bad replacement! But Amla is only available for a month initially.

We have news! There will be an inspection at 4pm which is a good 45 minutes away, giving you an idea of the amount of rain that has fallen.

3.10pm I think it's stopped raining now but there's plenty of water to mop up so it could be a little while before we get news of a restart but a restart should be possible at some stage. In the meantime, read the thoughts of Angus Porter, head of the Professional Cricketers' Association in England, on how to tackle corruption.

3pm While we wait, why not have a listen to this week's edition of the Switch Hit podcast where Gnasher, George and Mark Butcher mull over Tuesday's T20 and the upcoming one-day series.

2.50pm Usual rules apply, we have some time in grace before we start losing overs, they can reduce the length of the interval to try and keep it to a 50-over per side match, but this being a day-night match, there is less time in hand at the end of the night. Covers very much still on and large puddles have quickly formed on the outfield but it is brighter in the distance. Just depends how much damage this heavy rain has done.

2.40pm Very black at the moment but looking at the radar it seems like after this band of rain has moved through, it should be clear for some time so we should be confident of a game of some sort but it could be curtailed because the rain at the moment is pretty heavy...

2.30pm BST And now they dash off for rain which looks like it could be heavy. Even better for Sri Lanka to pick up a wicket just before this enforced break...

20.5

Mathews to Morgan, 1 run, wide delivery, short enough to cut down to third man

20.6

Mathews to Ballance, no run, wide line again, fuller, and Ballance lets it go

End of over 21 (1 run) England 102/2 (RR: 4.85)
GS Ballance    37* (46b 4x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-17-1
EJG Morgan    1* (1b)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-7-0

Sachithra Senanayake from the Pavilion End...

21.1

Senanayake to Morgan, 2 runs, paddle sweep from off stump, gets it very fine and they pick up a couple

21.2

Senanayake to Morgan, OUT, forward, then back, goes to cut and chops it on it was a ball flicked out of the front of the hand, went on with the angle from around the wicket and Morgan, rocking back to cut, has slashed it onto his middle stump and his promotion has failed. Probably too full a length to cut

EJG Morgan b Senanayake 3 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

So now Root does come to the crease...

21.3

Senanayake to Root, no run, tossed up onto a full length outside off, Root digs it back to the bowler

21.4

Senanayake to Root, 1 run, tighter line so Root works it down to long-on

21.5

Senanayake to Ballance, 1 run, around the wicket, full just outside off, tucked out to deep cover

21.6

Senanayake to Root, no run, back across the stumps but tucking straight to midwicket

End of over 22 (4 runs) England 106/3 (RR: 4.81)
JE Root    1* (3b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-11-1
GS Ballance    38* (47b 4x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-17-1

Al: "I realise it would require a lot of tarpaulin but why don't they cover the entirely playing field during rain breaks in international cricket?" It's better for the grass if the rain falls on it and easier to get rid of the water if they let it percolate into the ground...

22.1

Mathews to Ballance, no run, back of a length just outside off, forced to backward point

22.2

Mathews to Ballance, no run, fuller and straighter, tucked up on the leg side from the crease

22.3

Mathews to Ballance, 1 run, much wider line outside off, full enough for Ballance to reach out to try and drive, not much of a connection but lifts it wide of deep cover

22.4

Mathews to Root, 1 run, length ball a foot outside off, dabbed down to third man

22.5

Mathews to Ballance, 1 run, uses the angle across the left-hander to guide to third man, not wide enough of the fielder for a second

22.6

Mathews to Root, no run, full on off stump, Root plays to point from the crease

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 109/3 (RR: 4.73)
JE Root    2* (5b)      AD Mathews    5-0-20-1
GS Ballance    40* (51b 4x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-11-1

Gihan: "How many overs a bowler can bowl?" Four bowlers may bowl eight overs, one may bowl seven...

23.1

Senanayake to Ballance, 1 run, back of a length, flicked out to deep midwicket

23.2

Senanayake to Root, no run, floated up, gets some drift in, Root drives to extra cover

23.3

Senanayake to Root, no run, full and straight, ran back to the bowler

23.4

Senanayake to Root, 1 run, drifting into the pads so Root can work out to deep midwicket

23.5

Senanayake to Ballance, 1 run, full length on the stumps, flicked out to long-on

23.6

Senanayake to Root, no run, forward and flicking towards midwicket who gets across well to his left and saves a single, nice work

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 112/3 (RR: 4.66)
JE Root    3* (9b)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-14-1
GS Ballance    42* (53b 4x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-20-1

24.1

Mathews to Ballance, 2 runs, back of a length, forced off the back foot wide of deep midwicket so they get a second run

24.2

Mathews to Ballance, 2 runs, another punching stroke to the leg side, into another gap allowing two runs comfortably

24.3

Mathews to Ballance, no run, fuller length, waited for in the crease and slapped to backward point

24.4

Mathews to Ballance, no run, a cutter that has Ballance rather groping outside his ground and he drives and misses outside off stump

24.5

Mathews to Ballance, no run, tight off stump line on a good length, Ballance drops it towards point

24.6

Mathews to Ballance, 1 run, little bit more room to work with outside off, slapped hard but not past the off side sweeper

Gnasher is back to take you to tea...

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 117/3 (RR: 4.68)
GS Ballance    47* (59b 4x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-25-1
JE Root    3* (9b)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-14-1

Thanks Alex...quiet day of cricket news

25.1

Senanayake to Ballance, no run, pushed into midwicket

25.2

Senanayake to Ballance, 2 runs, on leg stump, shovelled into the leg side some excellent placement and running makes it a brace

25.3

Senanayake to Ballance, 1 run, chopped into the off side and that takes Ballance to a well-constructed fifty

25.4

Senanayake to Root, no run, some turn into Root who plays it off the back foot to cover

25.5

Senanayake to Root, no run, goes for the reverse sweep, it spins past his legs and rebounds off Sangakkara to short fine-leg

25.6

Senanayake to Root, 2 runs, flicked along the ground through midwicket and the Yorkshire pair scamper between the wickets

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 122/3 (RR: 4.69)
JE Root    5* (12b)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-19-1
GS Ballance    50* (62b 4x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-25-1

Lakmal into the attack

26.1

Lakmal to Ballance, no run, on a length at off stump, pushed into the covers

26.2

Lakmal to Ballance, SIX, that's all the way over a long boundary...drops this a fraction short, gives Ballance the chance to swing through the line and he pulls it handsomely over deep square-leg

26.3

Lakmal to Ballance, no run, goes full this time, dug out to the office

pradeep: "where is ben stokes??is he injured or left out?" He's still recovering from the broken hand he suffered when punching a locker in West Indies. He has just returned to second team cricket, I believe

26.4

Lakmal to Ballance, 1 run, swung into the leg side again, similar length delivery but couldn't quite get underneath it this time and the connection isn't as clean

26.5

Lakmal to Root, 1 run, full outside off, steered into the covers with an open face...Dilshan diving around again as he has done for much of today

26.6

Lakmal to Ballance, FOUR, does well to make a boundary out of this, very full outside off and he jabs it fine of third man...short boundary towards the dressing rooms

End of over 27 (12 runs) England 134/3 (RR: 4.96)
GS Ballance    61* (67b 5x4 1x6)      RAS Lakmal    5-0-30-0
JE Root    6* (13b)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-19-1

27.1

Senanayake to Root, 1 run, worked down the ground to long-on

27.2

Senanayake to Ballance, 1 run, fetched from outside off and slog-swept through midwicket

27.3

Senanayake to Root, 1 run, tossed up full and again pushed down the ground

27.4

Senanayake to Ballance, no run, goes for another slog sweep but this time doesn't make contact, not far from taking his off stump

27.5

Senanayake to Ballance, 1 run, goes into the back foot and nudges out to deep midwicket

27.6

Senanayake to Root, 1 run, another reverse sweep but only gains him a single to short third man

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 139/3 (RR: 4.96)
JE Root    9* (16b)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-24-1
GS Ballance    63* (70b 5x4 1x6)      RAS Lakmal    5-0-30-0

Malinga back into the attack. He can bowl another five overs. Massive part of this game.

28.1

Malinga to Root, no run, starts on a length outside off, driven firmly to point

28.2

Malinga to Root, 1 run, pushed outside leg stump, flicked off the pads to deep square

28.3

Malinga to Ballance, 1 run, another slower ball outside off, 70mph, and he opens the face to third man

28.4

Malinga to Root, 2 runs, full and straight, keeps rolling his fingers over the ball, it's run down to third man and Root hurtles himself back for a second run...he dives, but was safe

28.5

Malinga to Root, no run, full toss down the leg side but Root gets a leading edge which loops towards mid-on...he's annoyed with himself, just closed the face of the bat

28.6

Malinga to Root, 1 run, a little too much on the pads but it's only a single as Root works out to deep square

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 144/3 (RR: 4.96)
JE Root    13* (21b)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-0
GS Ballance    64* (71b 5x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-24-1

Ten overs of England's innings left. Can they get 80 runs?

29.1

Senanayake to Root, 1 run, dragged down a little short, Root pulls and it goes off more top edge than middle and loops into the leg side short of deep midwicket

29.2

Senanayake to Ballance, OUT, not enough distance this time! Ballance tried to heave this from outside off over one of the long boundaries, but it came off the bottom of the bat and Chandimal had plenty of time to steady under the catch at deep midwicket

GS Ballance c Chandimal b Senanayake 64 (93m 72b 5x4 1x6) SR: 88.88

c Chandimal b Senanayake/Malinga?

Bopara, who dislocated a finger this morning, in ahead of Buttler

29.3

Senanayake to Root, 1 run, lapped around the corner towards short fine-leg

29.4

Senanayake to Bopara, no run, beaten by the doosra as this spins away from Bopara

29.5

Senanayake to Bopara, 1 run, stays on leg stump and places this square through the off side

29.6

Senanayake to Root, no run, flicked from off stump to midwicket

Last three overs: 13 runs, one wicket, no boundaries. Excellent from Sri Lanka

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 147/4 (RR: 4.90)
JE Root    15* (24b)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-27-2
RS Bopara    1* (2b)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-0

Malinga is off for now. Lakmal is back.

30.1

Lakmal to Bopara, no run, full on off stump, defended

30.2

Lakmal to Bopara, 1 run, runs this down to third man

30.3

Lakmal to Root, no run, good from Lakmal, full on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

30.4

Lakmal to Root, 1 run, a fraction short this time, it's pulled but only for a single to deep square

30.5

Lakmal to Bopara, 1 run, full with a hint of swing, driven firmly and just to the left of mid-off

30.6

Lakmal to Root, 1 run, something more agricultural from Root as he clubs a length delivery but picks out mid-on

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 151/4 (RR: 4.87)
JE Root    17* (27b)      RAS Lakmal    6-0-34-0
RS Bopara    3* (5b)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-27-2

31.1

Senanayake to Root, 1 run, swept from outside off so it goes quite square...there's a fumble at deep square but it doesn't cost anything

31.2

Senanayake to Bopara, OUT, and that's gone as well! Went for the sweep and it struck him on the back leg. Only thing would have been outside the line and replays say it was! So a review would have saved Bopara, but he declined to use it.

RS Bopara lbw b Senanayake 3 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Senanayake having a very big say on this game. Jos Buttler isn't always at his best against spin, either

31.3

Senanayake to Buttler, no run, plays him off the back foot, pushed to midwicket

31.4

Senanayake to Buttler, 1 run, worked square into the leg side to get off the mark

31.5

Senanayake to Root, 1 run, sweep is his favoured route again, finds deep square

31.6

Senanayake to Buttler, no run, pushed back to the bowler

That ends a terrific day's work with the ball for Senanayake

End of over 32 (3 runs) England 154/5 (RR: 4.81)
JC Buttler    1* (3b)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-30-3
JE Root    19* (29b)      RAS Lakmal    6-0-34-0

Malinga is back. Will bowl for straight here.

32.1

Malinga to Root, SIX, and he's been put into the stands! Root goes deep in his crease, Malinga is short of yorker length and Root is able to get underneath it to loft over long-on

32.2

Malinga to Root, 1 run, full at the stumps, steered into the off side

32.3

Malinga to Buttler, no run, ooh, nearly done by the slower-ball. It dipped late on Buttler but he was just able to get the bottom of the bat on the ball

32.4

Malinga to Buttler, FOUR, full and wide outside, and a misfield! England gifted a boundary. Buttler drove it towards deep cover, it skipped over the wide square and deep cover dived over the top of it

32.5

Malinga to Buttler, 2 runs, jabbed into the off side, this time the sweeper is safely behind it

32.6

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, aims to flick this through the leg side, the late swing means it comes off a leading edge but along the ground to mid-off

A bonus for England to take 14 off a Malinga over

End of over 33 (14 runs) England 168/5 (RR: 5.09)
JC Buttler    8* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-36-0
JE Root    26* (31b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-30-3

Kulasekara back into the attack. Daniel Alexande: "Sensational spell by Sachithra on seamer friendly pitch with wet conditions"

33.1

Kulasekara to Buttler, 1 run, full and straight, flicked with plenty of bottom hand down to long-on

33.2

Kulasekara to Root, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, 62mph, and it slides off the face to short third man

33.3

Kulasekara to Buttler, 2 runs, he goes dead-eye straight down the ground, a lofted straight drive to a length delivery, but not the power to beat long-on

33.4

Kulasekara to Buttler, 1 run, low full toss, drilled back at the bowler and it ricochets off his shin into the midwicket area

33.5

Kulasekara to Root, FOUR, clever batting from Root, he picks the slower ball (which drifted onto leg stump) and the gap in the field as he went down on one knee and swept to deep square-leg

33.6

Kulasekara to Root, 1 run, plenty of invention here, Root goes for a stood-up reverse sweep and gets bottom edge into his pad which bobbles close to the stumps

End of over 34 (10 runs) England 178/5 (RR: 5.23)
JE Root    32* (34b 1x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-27-1
JC Buttler    12* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-36-0

34.1

Malinga to Root, 2 runs, full outside off, a powerful drive to the cover sweeper who can't prevent a second

34.2

Malinga to Root, 2 runs, reaches for this wide outside off, lofts it over backward point wide of third man

SanjayN: "The Bopara dismissal was poor cricket all around. Obvious to the naked eye that the ball struck the back pad outside the line of off stump. Even allowing for an umpire error, Joe Root should have spotted that." The non-striker is not stood directly in line with the batsman

34.3

Malinga to Root, no run, can't get this yorker away, comes off the toe of the bat back to Malinga

34.4

Malinga to Root, 1 wide, speared wide outside off

34.4

Malinga to Root, 1 wide, another big wide outside off, Malinga not at his best

34.4

Malinga to Root, 3 runs, gets it straight this time but it's a low full toss at off stump, driven sweetly through the off side and wide of the cover sweeper...these two both very quick between the wickets

34.5

Malinga to Buttler, no run, can't get this one away

34.6

Malinga to Buttler, no run, beaten to finish the over as he tries to drive through the off side

End of over 35 (9 runs) England 187/5 (RR: 5.34)
JC Buttler    12* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-45-0
JE Root    39* (38b 1x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-27-1

35.1

Kulasekara to Root, FOUR, poor delivery, big full toss and Root gets down on one knee to scoop it over short fine leg

35.2

Kulasekara to Root, 2 runs, full and straight, flicked through midwicket...more good running

35.3

Kulasekara to Root, OUT, this time he's gone, goes down on on knee to sweep a back-of-the-hand slower ball and is taken on the knee roll. Having not advised Bopara to review he uses it himself but it's three reds

JE Root lbw b Kulasekara 45 (55m 41b 2x4 1x6) SR: 109.75

A perky innings from Root. He and Buttler have given England chance to reach 220.

35.4

Kulasekara to Jordan, FOUR, thick edge and useful for England, Jordan forcing hard at his first ball and it flies wide of Sangakkara

35.5

Kulasekara to Jordan, no run, another edge! But this it goes once bounce straight to Sangakkara

35.6

Kulasekara to Jordan, FOUR, top, top shot from Jordan...we've seen before how well he can bat. This is an on-the-up drive to a length ball. A No. 3 or 4 would have been proud of that drive and he races to the long-off boundary

End of over 36 (14 runs) England 201/6 (RR: 5.58)
CJ Jordan    8* (3b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-41-2
JC Buttler    12* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-45-0

Three overs to go. 230 for England?

36.1

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, full and wide, drilled towards cover where Jayawardene makes a good diving save

36.2

Malinga to Jordan, 1 run, slower ball, full and straight, Jordan keeps his eyes on it, takes an outside edge to third man

36.3

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, drives out to deep cover with a fierce flick of the wrists to try and get as much power as he can

36.4

Malinga to Jordan, 1 run, plenty of power again from Jordan and is drives, without a follow through this time, out to deep cover

36.5

Malinga to Buttler, 1 wide, sprayed very wide outside off, Buttler started to move around his crease and that may have forced the error

36.5

Malinga to Buttler, 2 runs, again he's shuffling around his crease, then lofts a drive over cover - Malinga missing his yorker - and placed it between long-off and the cover sweeper

36.6

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, that's an excellent yorker and Buttler is only able to squeeze it off the edge to third man but it means he keeps the strike

End of over 37 (8 runs) England 209/6 (RR: 5.64)
JC Buttler    17* (16b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-53-0
CJ Jordan    10* (5b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-41-2

England have to take their two Powerplay overs now. So here they are. Packed off side inside the circle

37.1

Kulasekara to Buttler, 1 run, he middles this, using his feet to drive, but couldn't have picked out extra cover any better

Matt W: "Will the D/L calculation depend on how many wickets England have left at the end of 39 overs or just how many were left at the time of the rain break?" Where they were at the rain break. Wickets now won't impact the calculation

37.2

Kulasekara to Jordan, FOUR, he shows how it's done, Kulasekara offering up a length delivery which he drives over the cover fielders

37.3

Kulasekara to Jordan, SIX, and this one is into the strands! He strikes a clean ball. Poor length, again, and this one is driven high and mighty into the stands over long-off. Beautiful straight bat

37.4

Kulasekara to Jordan, 2 runs, that's better, speared in at leg stump but they still manage a couple as Jordan forces it down to long-on

37.5

Kulasekara to Jordan, 2 runs, driven straight again but long-off is back...still, though, another two thanks to Buttler's sprinting

37.6

Kulasekara to Jordan, FOUR, cracking shot, this is a gem of an innings from Jordan. Low full toss and it punches it sweetly straight down the ground

End of over 38 (19 runs) England 228/6 (RR: 6.00)
CJ Jordan    28* (10b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-60-2
JC Buttler    18* (17b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-53-0

Malinga with the final over of the innings

38.1

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, slower ball, Buttler gets a bottom edge as he aims a swing over the leg side...Sangakkara collects but Jordan was running whatever happened and made the crease

38.2

Malinga to Jordan, 1 bye, gives himself room to leg, Malinga keeps it full outside off, Jordan doesn't make contact but they scamper a bye...Sangakkara not getting on the ten-pin bowling team at the moment

38.3

Malinga to Buttler, SIX, that's huge! Now it's Buttler's turn. He doesn't want to be forgotten. Short of yorker length, Buttler stands still, deep in his crease and crunches it into the second tier of the stand behind long-on

38.4

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, low full toss outside off, slapped into the covers

38.5

Malinga to Jordan, FOUR, now he gets the benefit of an inside edge past the stumps which beats short fine-leg...the luck of the brace for Jordan

38.6

Malinga to Jordan, SIX, and he finishes it with six over long-off! My goodness. Jordan swings through the line of a length delivery and is almost starting his walk off the ground as this lands in the spectators

A potentially match-changing stand of 54 between Jordan and Buttler have given England a very good total. Sri Lanka's target, adjusted by D/L, will be 259. They have a strong batting line-up but that will test them. Joe Root, Gary Ballanace and Ian Bell also played well as England recovered well from a iffy period either side of the length rain break. Senanayake bowled very nicely, but Malinga had his most expensive day ever against England. Join Alex in 15 minutes for the run chase.

End of over 39 (19 runs) England 247/6
CJ Jordan    38* (13b 5x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    8-0-71-0
JC Buttler    26* (20b 1x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-60-2
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Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at Lord's - May 31, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 7 runs
England v Sri Lanka at Manchester - May 28, 2014
England won by 10 wickets (with 227 balls remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street - May 25, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 157 runs
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May 22, 2014

A grim Sanath Jayasuriya after Sri Lanka's opening loss, England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval, May 22, 2014

A grim Sanath Jayasuriya after Sri Lanka's opening loss

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May 22, 2014

Tillakaratne Dilshan slapped his way to 33 but took 40 balls to do so, England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval, May 22, 2014

Tillakaratne Dilshan slapped his way to 33 but took 40 balls to do so

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