Sri Lanka in England ODI Series - 5th ODI

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

Here England's openers, following the Sri Lanka team out. Which side as a final punch in them? Kulasekara to open the bowler with two slips in place...

Just a few minutes away from the action now. Cook could do with a decent score today. Will be interesting to see how England pace their innings.

Indunil: "Is there any possibility of Sacithra's being no-balled in this match despite his 21 days investigation?" No, bowlers aren't no-balled for their delivery action in a match anymore.

Nipun: "This is my team in 2015 at world cup - TM Dilshan, MDKJ Perera, KC Sangakkara†, DPMD Jayawardene, AD Mathews*, Dinesh chandimal, Thisara perera, KMDN Kulasekara, SMSM Senanayake, tharindu kaushal, SL Malinga"

1.50pm Aruna: "Its pouring down here in Colombo. Hope the weather is better at Birmingham." Yep, it is.

Adam S is in the mood for stirring: "My World Cup team: Hales, Bell, Pietersen, Root, Buttler, Bopara, Stokes, Jordan, Broad, Anderson, Gurney. Very strong top 3 to get off to quick starts in AUS and 5 frontline bowlers with Ravi and Root the 6th. Oh and KP will be back by the end of the summer! :)"

Tony Bennett: "England's balance isn't right. Having Buttler down at 7 is daft and wasteful. Would be better to have Woakes there instead of Root or Ballance, and move the others up."

1.45pm A bit of info from George Dobell at the ground: The groundstaff at Edgbaston have been working all night. It rained 25mm in 15 mins at 9.30pm so they were on the soppers - is that a word - from 11pm."

Edgbaston doesn't have the best of recent history when he comes to the weather. So fingers crossed for today

1.40pm England's fifth bowler, a combination of Joe Root and Ravi Bopara, has been a bit of a weak link in this series. The balance (rather than Ballance) of the side remains an issue. Then there's the top order debate...

Chris Costa: "Hoping for an epic game. Good luck to both teams. I'm Sri lankan will be rooting for the Lions!"

1.30pm England have won the toss and decided to bat. First time a team has done that in this series. They are unchanged as well. "It looks a really good pitch, won't change much," Cook says.

Angelo Mathews says he would have batted as well. Sri Lanka are unchanged as well which means Senanayake plays despite the cloud over his action - he has 21 days within which to get analysis done. He will be a test of his character today.

Daniel again: "SL should use Sachithra saga as a motivation to win this game"

1.25pm Daniel Alexande: "Both teams punched and got punched respectively, hope Sri Lanka will punch the knock out punch."

1.20pm It's anyone's guess which way this match will go. If it follows the pattern of the series, though, it's England's game. However, George Dobell wonders if that would be a good thing. Sri Lanka have not had a good couple of days, which has included Sachithra Senanayake being reported for his action.

1.15pm Hello everyone. Welcome the series decider of what has been a series of plenty of drama and ups and downs. I'm Andrew McGlashan and along with Alex Winter will bring you all the action. The first piece of good news is that the weather is good. The toss and team news will follow shortly.

0.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, full outside off, hint of swing away from Cook, left alone

0.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, very similar, hanging it outside off, through to the keeper

0.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, touch fuller this time, brings Cook onto the front foot and he drives into the covers but there's a good stop to keep him on nought

0.4

Kulasekara to Cook, 2 runs, on leg stump, neatly clipped off the pads through square leg to get England up and running

0.5

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, full and wider outside off, Cook isn't interested

0.6

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, tighter to the stumps but he lets another one to go through to end the opening over

The camera pans to the England dressing room where Ravi Bopara appears to be having his feet sand-papered

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
AN Cook    2* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0
IR Bell    0* (0b)     

Lasith Malinga from the Birmingham End

1.1

Malinga to Bell, no run, full on off, hint of shape away, defended to the covers

1.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, full on middle, Bell steps across the crease and defends towards midwicket

1.3

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, solidly behind the line, just a firm push through the line of a full delivery on off stump which beats mid-off who is quite wide

1.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, this time it's played a touch wider so straight to mid-off

Daniel Alexande: "Wounded lion is always deadly dangerous, watch out for Sachithra. " Second slip has come out to short cover

1.5

Malinga to Bell, no run, doesn't get forward this time, defended to short cover

1.6

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, back of a length, Bell opens the face and pushes a single into the covers

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
IR Bell    3* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    2* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0

A slip and a fine gully in place now

2.1

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, a solid drive from Bell, onto the front foot, but straight to mid-off

Gully now out to short cover

2.2

Kulasekara to Bell, 2 runs, shorter length, Bell opens the face off the back foot and places it through point

2.3

Kulasekara to Bell, 2 runs, first signs of aggressive, Bell picks up a length delivery outside off stump and lofts it over midwicket. The bat turned a bit on his hands and it was more a thick inside part of the bat, then it plugged in the outfield

Sangakkara now up to the stumps to keep Bell in his crease

2.4

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

2.5

Kulasekara to Bell, 1 run, on the back foot, opens the face and guides down to third man

2.6

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, full on leg stump, Cook nearly falls across the line as he plays to mid-on

End of over 3 (5 runs) England 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
AN Cook    2* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-0
IR Bell    8* (11b)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0

3.1

Malinga to Bell, no run, full on off stump, getting some shape away, driven to cover

3.2

Malinga to Bell, 1 wide, a bouncer, first one of the day, Bell goes for the pull but is through his shot early and it goes over the top edge then is called a wide

3.2

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, short of a length, nicely whipped through straight midwicket for another brace...played at the top of the bounce

3.3

Malinga to Bell, FOUR, well timed from Bell as Malinga goes fuller and he leans into a drive which goes to the left of mid-off and despite a slowish outfield reaches the rope

3.4

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, another short ball, middle and leg line, Bell rolls his wrists as he pulls to long leg...very little pace in this pitch

3.5

Malinga to Cook, no run, touch of swing into the pads, clipped to short midwicket

3.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, low full toss outside off but Cook misses out as he drives to cover...should have been a boundary

End of over 4 (8 runs) England 18/0 (RR: 4.50)
AN Cook    2* (9b)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-0
IR Bell    15* (15b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, short outside off, goes for the cut but misses out as he gets a bottom edge into the ground

4.2

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, short of a length, defended to backward point

4.3

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, sweetly struck from Bell, coming froward into a cover drive, but it's rifled straight to short cover

4.4

Kulasekara to Bell, 1 run, picks out the cover field with another drive, but this time it isn't stopped cleanly so he gets a single

4.5

Kulasekara to Cook, 3 runs, gets this one away off his toes through midwicket, Mathews chases hard from mid-on and flicks it back with a dive near the boundary

4.6

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, beaten...and an appeal for a stumping. Nice delivery, nipped away to beat the outside edge then Sangakkara whips off the bails as he thinks he sees Bell's back foot lift for a fraction of a second but Michael Gough says not out without use of TV. The foot did lift for a split second, but Sanga's timing was just off

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 22/0 (RR: 4.40)
IR Bell    16* (20b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-11-0
AN Cook    5* (10b)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-0

First change of bowling and it's Senanayake on in the sixth over. Slip in place

5.1

Senanayake to Cook, FOUR, a little short and wide to start with, nicely cut behind point by Cook who waited to play the ball late

5.2

Senanayake to Cook, no run, adjusts to full on middle, defended to midwicket

5.3

Senanayake to Cook, no run, comes forward and defends

5.4

Senanayake to Cook, 3 runs, another cut from Cook, more of a thick edge this time and it runs finer...Kulasekara chases, kicks it back with his boot then almost does himself some mischief by running through the advertising boards. Malinga just giggles.

5.5

Senanayake to Bell, no run, comes forward, opens the face and plays to cover

5.6

Senanayake to Bell, no run, hint of turn into Bell who pushes back down the pitch

End of over 6 (7 runs) England 29/0 (RR: 4.83)
IR Bell    16* (22b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-7-0
AN Cook    12* (14b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-11-0

6.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, full on off stump, Cook is square up a little as he defends to mid-off

6.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, onto off stump and defends to cover

6.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, whipped off middle stump to midwicket

6.4

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, delicate this time, holds his shot a little longer then opens the face to run it down to third man

6.5

Kulasekara to Bell, 2 runs, goes in the air down the ground, gets enough power to clear mid-on but the timing wasn't quite there...again it plugs in the soft outfield. Intent from Bell.

6.6

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, tries to run this to third man but can't beat backward point

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 32/0 (RR: 4.57)
IR Bell    18* (24b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-14-0
AN Cook    13* (18b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-7-0

A small delay as a horde of kids arrive to take their seats behind the bowler's arm.

7.1

Senanayake to Cook, no run, stretches forward, a little uncertainly, and defends

7.2

Senanayake to Cook, no run, think he's trying to read him off the pitch, opens the face but can't get a single

7.3

Senanayake to Cook, no run, this one is flicked out, straighter delivery, defended off the back foot

7.4

Senanayake to Cook, no run, beats the top edge as Cook tries to cut

7.5

Senanayake to Cook, no run, one that drifts into the left hander, pushed square into the off side

7.6

Senanayake to Cook, 2 runs, full outside off, this time he pierces the off side field with a gentle drive but it's placed wide enough of long-off for a second

End of over 8 (2 runs) England 34/0 (RR: 4.25)
AN Cook    15* (24b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-9-0
IR Bell    18* (24b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-14-0

8.1

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, full at leg stump, Bell misses as he goes to flick it away

8.2

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, shapes back into Bell from back of a length and defended to cover

Patrick: "How come Senanayake is allowed to bowl if his action has been reported? " ICC regulations. He can bowl while he waits to be tested

8.3

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, dropped, a pretty simple chance from Jayawardene at midwicket. A slower ball, Bell was through his shot and flicked it at head height. Mahela had to jump a little, but timed it right yet still couldn't hold on

8.4

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, full, driven to mid-off

8.5

Kulasekara to Bell, FOUR, offered some width this time and doesn't miss out, a strong cut which races through backward point...third man had no chance.

8.6

Kulasekara to Bell, FOUR, dismissive! That's a cracker from Bell. Full outside off and Bell plays a powerful cover drive on the up which bisects the off-side field

Eight runs already after that dropped catch

End of over 9 (8 runs) England 42/0 (RR: 4.66)
IR Bell    26* (30b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-22-0
AN Cook    15* (24b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-9-0

9.1

Senanayake to Cook, 2 runs, neat placement, opens the face at the last minute to drive it between point and cover

9.2

Senanayake to Cook, no run, pushed to point

9.3

Senanayake to Cook, 1 run, dabbed fine, backward points manages to get around

9.4

Senanayake to Bell, 1 run, full at the stumps, pushed down to long-on

Aaron: "Why is it nobody ever seems to be reported for bowling action until they go to England or Australia?" Shane Shillingford was reported after a Test in India.

9.5

Senanayake to Cook, no run, forward and pushed into the off side

9.6

Senanayake to Cook, no run, this one spins back into Cook, cramps him for room, not picked, but he manages to jab down on it

A steady Powerplay from England

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 46/0 (RR: 4.60)
AN Cook    18* (29b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-13-0
IR Bell    27* (31b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-22-0

Well, well. Mendis is into the attack and England call the batting Powerplay.

10.1

Mendis to Bell, 1 run, full at Bell's feet, flicked down to long-on

10.2

Mendis to Cook, 1 wide, poor delivery, pushed down the leg side, good take from Sangakkara

10.2

Mendis to Cook, no run, back outside off, driven to point

10.3

Mendis to Cook, FOUR, low full toss, flicked away through midwicket...bit of a freebie from Mendis

10.4

Mendis to Cook, 2 runs, on leg stump again, glanced away fine...wayward start from Mendis

10.5

Mendis to Cook, 1 run, driven to the right of mid-off

10.6

Mendis to Bell, no run, close! This one confounds Bell, extra bounce and it beats him then carries just over off stump

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 55/0 (RR: 5.00)
IR Bell    28* (33b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-9-0
AN Cook    25* (33b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-13-0

11.1

Senanayake to Cook, 1 run, touch short outside off, cut through point to the cover sweeper

11.2

Senanayake to Bell, no run, goes for the reverse sweep, misses and gets taken on the pad

11.3

Senanayake to Bell, no run, uses his feet but then pushes the ball back to the bowler

11.4

Senanayake to Bell, 1 run, some slow turn, Bell eases this down the ground with a straight bat

11.5

Senanayake to Cook, no run, full on off stump, defended

11.6

Senanayake to Cook, 1 run, held back, a touch slower, Cook places it out to the cover sweeper

End of over 12 (3 runs) England 58/0 (RR: 4.83)
AN Cook    27* (36b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-16-0
IR Bell    29* (36b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-9-0

12.1

Mendis to Cook, 2 wides, fired down the leg side again, Sangakkara can't take this so they scamper an extra run as well although Sangakkara hits the stumps direct

12.1

Mendis to Bell, 1 run, pushed down to long-on

12.2

Mendis to Cook, 1 run, full on off stump, driven to cover who dives over the ball

12.3

Mendis to Bell, 3 runs, uses his feet, it's a short delivery from Mendis, Bell then flicks it through midwicket with good placement between two men in the deep

12.4

Mendis to Cook, no run, short outside off, driven to cover where, this time, Mathews gets a hand on it with a dive and although he parries the ball away it was enough to put the batsmen off the single

12.5

Mendis to Cook, no run, drives and gets beaten

12.6

Mendis to Cook, no run, forward and defends, Mendis skips across to field it himself

End of over 13 (7 runs) England 65/0 (RR: 5.00)
AN Cook    28* (40b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-16-0
IR Bell    33* (38b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-16-0

13.1

Senanayake to Bell, 1 run, fraction short, Bell hangs back, waits for the turn then flicks into square leg

13.2

Senanayake to Cook, no run, lunges forward and pushes to cover

13.3

Senanayake to Cook, no run, tries to guide this fine with a late cut but picks out short third man

13.4

Senanayake to Cook, no run, tries the same shot with the same end result

13.5

Senanayake to Cook, no run, quicker delivery, mixing it up nicely, Cook flicks to midwicket for another dot

13.6

Senanayake to Cook, 1 run, a scampered single to point, was safe enough in the end but a sign of pressure building after a tight cover

Dean: "Big game for Cook. Can't remember the last time he got runs in a one day match for England. Hopefully we'll see runs for Root and Morgan as well, especially Morgan because he is a superb player. Also Anderson has bowled well at times, he doesn't pick up many wickets."

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 67/0 (RR: 4.78)
AN Cook    29* (45b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-18-0
IR Bell    34* (39b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-16-0

14.1

Mendis to Cook, FOUR, gets this one through the in-field, Mendis continues to leak runs, Cook uses a strong bottom hand to flick this through midwicket off the back foot

14.2

Mendis to Cook, 1 run, fired in full, dug out towards mid-off but he's on the edge of the circle and can't stop the single

14.3

Mendis to Bell, 2 runs, gets away with a miscue into the leg side, using his feet and aiming to go over midwicket but fluffs the shot just wide of the man inside the circle

14.4

Mendis to Bell, 1 run, gets away with another! A long hop from Mendis, what a way to go that would have been, it barely reached Bell as he goes to pull, loses his shape and it comes off the toe of the bat but falls short of deep square leg

14.5

Mendis to Cook, 1 leg bye, this one grips a bit, beats the edge, takes Cook on the back leg

14.6

Mendis to Bell, OUT, gone this time! What a mixture from Mendis (and Bell). The batsman can barely believe it. Pops a dolly of a return catch to Mendis as the ball, just short of a length, stopped in the pitch which meant Bell played too early.

IR Bell c & b Mendis 37 (59m 42b 3x4 0x6) SR: 88.09

Much-needed breakthrough for Sri Lanka, but it's still been a pretty good start for England. For the next stint it's over to Alex.

End of over 15 (9 runs) England 76/1 (RR: 5.06)
     BAW Mendis    3-0-24-1
AN Cook    34* (48b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-18-0

Thanks Gnasher, strong start for England but did they really make the most of the batting Powerplay? Tillakaratne Dilshan now...

15.1

Dilshan to Cook, no run, Cook misses trying to cut outside off

15.2

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, forward and drops this into the covers for a quick single

15.3

Dilshan to Ballance, 1 run, full length just outside off stump punched down to long-off

15.4

Dilshan to Cook, no run, forward just blocking a length ball angled into off stump

15.5

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, fuller and driven without timing to long-off, easy run

15.6

Dilshan to Ballance, no run, driven at, slightly on the up but it falls short of short extra

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 79/1 (RR: 4.93)
GS Ballance    1* (2b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    36* (52b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    3-0-24-1

Seems as if pace off the ball is the way to go, pretty slow this wicket...

16.1

Mendis to Cook, 1 run, full on leg stump, clipped down to long-on

16.2

Mendis to Ballance, 1 run, full again more off stump this time, pushed out to deep cover

16.3

Mendis to Cook, 1 run, not as much air, easy to tap this out to deep cover again

16.4

Mendis to Ballance, 1 run, shorter length and deep cover is this time found off the back foot

16.5

Mendis to Cook, no run, very full this time, Cook digs it out to short midwicket

16.6

Mendis to Cook, 1 run, driveable length once more, easy push to deep cover

Kamran: "Batting Powerpaly was a complete waste. Should never have been taken with Cook at the crease." You can't help feeling it was better saved for Buttler, Bopara et al later on. Fair enough take it a little early but not that early...

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 84/1 (RR: 4.94)
AN Cook    39* (56b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    4-0-29-1
GS Ballance    3* (4b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-3-0

17.1

Dilshan to Cook, no run, tries to drive off side and gets a thick inside edge into his pad that nearly finds it way back onto the stumps

17.2

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, straight line, pushed back to the bowler

17.3

Dilshan to Ballance, no run, off stump and tapped to extra-cover on the front foot

17.4

Dilshan to Ballance, 1 run, more air and driven out to deep cover this time

17.5

Dilshan to Cook, 2 runs, Cook hangs back and for the first time in several attempts evades short third man with a late cut, it runs towards the boundary and they get a couple

17.6

Dilshan to Cook, no run, now the full-bloodied cut but finds backward point, just struggled to negotiate the gaps in that area has Cook

Drinks and England will be pleased with their start having chosen to bat first...

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 88/1 (RR: 4.88)
AN Cook    42* (60b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-7-0
GS Ballance    4* (6b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-29-1

Another spinner, Ashan Priyanjan now...

18.1

Priyanjan to Ballance, no run, very full and driven back to the bowler

18.2

Priyanjan to Ballance, no run, tries to open the face on this drive but it's well saved by short extra

18.3

Priyanjan to Ballance, 1 run, now finds the gap and drives to long-off

18.4

Priyanjan to Cook, 1 run, too short and Cook able to cut, and gets it past the fielder!! Just one though as deep cover runs to his right

18.5

Priyanjan to Ballance, 1 run, full and a firm drive down to long-off

18.6

Priyanjan to Cook, 1 run, down the wicket, right to the pitch, Cook was aiming wide of long-off but could only find the fielder for a single once more

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 92/1 (RR: 4.84)
AN Cook    44* (62b 3x4)      SMA Priyanjan    1-0-4-0
GS Ballance    6* (10b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-7-0

19.1

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, full and clipped to mid-on whom they take on for a single and get home easily

19.2

Dilshan to Ballance, 1 run, touch of width and driven with an open face to deep cover

19.3

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, down the wicket but almost yorks himself, ends up digging it out down to long-off

19.4

Dilshan to Ballance, no run, firm drive but finds extra cover

19.5

Dilshan to Ballance, 2 runs, off stump and swept, get it square of deep midwicket so they pick up a couple

19.6

Dilshan to Ballance, 1 run, wider line outside off, driven past cover but only a single to the man in the deep

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 98/1 (RR: 4.90)
GS Ballance    10* (14b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-13-0
AN Cook    46* (64b 3x4)      SMA Priyanjan    1-0-4-0

Lasith Malinga back into the attack, so England have done well to force Mathews into doing something different...

20.1

Malinga to Ballance, OUT, and he strikes first ball! Length outside off stump, Ballance went to play it into the covers but, like Bell's dismissal, it totally stopped in the wicket and Ballance popped a catch back to the bowler. Another bonus for Sri Lanka, a pretty ordinary delivery getting stuck in the wicket

GS Ballance c & b Malinga 10 (20m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

20.2

Malinga to Root, 1 run, full on the stumps, clipped down to long-on for an easy single

20.3

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, short and pulled down and out to deep square leg, hundred up

20.4

Malinga to Root, no run, full at the stumps, clipped to short midwicket

20.5

Malinga to Root, 1 run, length outside off, waited for and clipped down to third man

20.6

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, short and pulled again out to deep square

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 102/2 (RR: 4.85)
AN Cook    48* (66b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-15-1
JE Root    2* (3b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-13-0

Sri Lanka's seventh bowler now, Angelo Mathews into the attack...

21.1

Mathews to Cook, no run, length just outside off, played from the crease and knocked back to the bowler

21.2

Mathews to Cook, 1 run, drops the length back slightly and it's a straight line too, Cook whips it out to deep square leg

21.3

Mathews to Root, no run, back of a length on off stump, dropped down on the leg side but they refuse the run they briefly considered

21.4

Mathews to Root, 1 run, touch wider line, Root opens the face and drops this down to third man

21.5

Mathews to Cook, 1 run, straight just back of a length again and this is whipped to the leg side again but Cook and this brings up his half-century in 69 balls

21.6

Mathews to Root, 1 wide, short outside off, Root thought about playing but left and it was then called wide

21.6

Mathews to Root, no run, played from the crease to point, no single available

End of over 22 (4 runs) England 106/2 (RR: 4.81)
JE Root    3* (6b)      AD Mathews    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    50* (69b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-15-1

22.1

Malinga to Cook, 2 runs, full on the leg stump but Cook manages to force it away past midwicket and they get a couple

22.2

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, bumper, Cook right on top of it and hook down to long leg

22.3

Malinga to Root, FOUR, full toss on leg stump and Root gets a tickle on it that runs fine of long leg

22.4

Malinga to Root, no run, another full toss, on off stump, driven to extra cover

22.5

Malinga to Root, 1 run, full on leg stump, clipped down to long leg

22.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, slower ball on off stump, rolled to extra cover

End of over 23 (8 runs) England 114/2 (RR: 4.95)
AN Cook    53* (72b 3x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-23-1
JE Root    8* (9b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-4-0

Priyanjan is back...

23.1

Priyanjan to Root, 2 runs, around the wicket, short enough to pull and they get two wide of deep square leg

23.2

Priyanjan to Root, OUT, full, Root goes to reverse sweep and misses, there's two cries, one for lbw and then, when the ball popped up to Sangakkara, for a catch behind. Not out given on both counts but they go for the review and it looks straight off the glove. Yep smack bang off the glove, straight up and Sangakkara takes the catch walking a yard in front of the stumps

JE Root c †Sangakkara b Priyanjan 10 (16m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

23.3

Priyanjan to Morgan, no run, around the wicket to Morgan too, played forward and gets it off the pad up on the leg side

23.4

Priyanjan to Morgan, 1 wide, this slides down leg, wide ball

23.4

Priyanjan to Morgan, no run, more off stump and blocked on the front foot

23.5

Priyanjan to Morgan, no run, forward on dabbed into the leg side

Good strike for Sri Lanka and England have slipped from their strong start...

23.6

Priyanjan to Morgan, no run

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 117/3 (RR: 4.87)
EJG Morgan    0* (4b)      SMA Priyanjan    2-0-7-1
AN Cook    53* (72b 3x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-23-1

Mathews now changes ends...

24.1

Mathews to Cook, no run, back to cut and misses outside off

24.2

Mathews to Cook, 1 run, similar delivery, this time finds the willow and gets it out to deep cover

24.3

Mathews to Morgan, 1 run, forward just outside off dropping this down to third man

24.4

Mathews to Cook, no run, fullish length but Cook hangs back to try and force it square but finds point

24.5

Mathews to Cook, no run, back foot clip but finds backward point again, a lot of balls Cook has eaten up today so far

24.6

Mathews to Cook, no run, looks to work leg side and gets a little inside edge but it lands short of the keeper, a little cutter from the bowler

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 119/3 (RR: 4.76)
AN Cook    54* (77b 3x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-6-0
EJG Morgan    1* (5b)      SMA Priyanjan    2-0-7-1

25.1

Priyanjan to Morgan, 1 run, full on leg stump, tucked into the leg side for an easy run into square leg

25.2

Priyanjan to Cook, no run, forward and driven to extra cover

25.3

Priyanjan to Cook, no run, pushed into the same region again

25.4

Priyanjan to Cook, 1 run, fuller and a flourishing drive out to deep cover

25.5

Priyanjan to Morgan, 1 run, back and tapped out easily to deep cover again

25.6

Priyanjan to Cook, no run, waited for and tries to back-cut but finds short third man, seen that before today

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 122/3 (RR: 4.69)
AN Cook    55* (81b 3x4)      SMA Priyanjan    3-0-10-1
EJG Morgan    3* (7b)      AD Mathews    2-0-6-0

Dilshan back...

26.1

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, a step down the wicket and tries to go leg side but only finds short midwicket

26.2

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, just a careful little block in the crease

26.3

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, flicked aerially leg side but safely away from midwicket, that stopped in the wicket again

26.4

Dilshan to Cook, no run, paddle swept from outside off, it was outside the line

26.5

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, short enough to cut hard and finds deep point

26.6

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, a shuffle to find the deep fielder on the off side again

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 125/3 (RR: 4.62)
EJG Morgan    5* (11b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-16-0
AN Cook    56* (83b 3x4)      SMA Priyanjan    3-0-10-1

27.1

Priyanjan to Morgan, 2 runs, full just outside off, a little paddle sweep to tuck fine on the leg side and they get a couple

27.2

Priyanjan to Morgan, SIX, a reach outside off and heaved over long-on, big slog sweep, no-one out there anyway but that was nailed

27.3

Priyanjan to Morgan, no run, forward on the stumps and played up the wicket

27.4

Priyanjan to Morgan, no run, full length and driven back to the bowler

27.5

Priyanjan to Morgan, no run, tries to come down, then stopped and just blocked

27.6

Priyanjan to Morgan, 1 leg bye, tried to paddle sweep but the bowler sent it wider of off stump, Morgan tried to adjust but got struck on the pad and it ran fine of short third man for a quick leg bye

End of over 28 (9 runs) England 134/3 (RR: 4.78)
EJG Morgan    13* (17b 1x6)      SMA Priyanjan    4-0-18-1
AN Cook    56* (83b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-16-0

28.1

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, stays in the crease and tries to force square, can't beat backward point

28.2

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, full on leg stump, pushed back to the bowler

28.3

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, shorter length but Morgan can't get onto it and just taps it back to the bowler

28.4

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, fuller length and ran back to the bowler again

28.5

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, pushed in the air, it stuck in the wicket again, wide of short extra though and down to long-off for a single

28.6

Dilshan to Cook, no run, quicker ball, played from middle and off to short midwicket

End of over 29 (1 run) England 135/3 (RR: 4.65)
AN Cook    56* (84b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-17-0
EJG Morgan    14* (22b 1x6)      SMA Priyanjan    4-0-18-1

Alex: "England are in real danger of durdling their way to a mediocre total here, especially without the batting Powerplay to give them some momentum." Another change Senanayake back...

29.1

Senanayake to Morgan, 1 run, back and pushed out to deep cover

29.2

Senanayake to Cook, OUT, goes to paddle sweep but like Root it's popped a catch up to Sangakkara and that completes a real grind from Cook since passing fifty, slowed right down. Trying to tuck it around the corner, it took a decent top edge and looped up behind the keeper who spun 180 degrees, took two steps forward and claimed the easy catch

AN Cook c †Sangakkara b Senanayake 56 (118m 85b 3x4 0x6) SR: 65.88

A short leg is in...

29.3

Senanayake to Bopara, no run, played forward just outside off, it beats the outside edge and then Sangakkara whips off the bails and wails an appeal for a stumping, the umpire has gone upstairs to check it, Bopara did drag his back foot forward, is he just behind the line? It's very close but Bopara has a smidgen of boot in safe ground but that was living dangerously

29.4

Senanayake to Bopara, 1 run, back and tucks a straight delivery through square leg

29.5

Senanayake to Morgan, 2 runs, Morgan down to paddle sweep, safer off a short length, tucked easily around the corner for a couple

There's a man catching around the corner now...

29.6

Senanayake to Morgan, no run, so Morgan steps to leg and tries to play off side but only finds the bowler

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 139/4 (RR: 4.63)
EJG Morgan    17* (25b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-22-1
RS Bopara    1* (2b)      TM Dilshan    5-0-17-0

Well if England double this total, they'll have a handy score, it won't be easy though against softer balls. A bowling change every over here almost, Mathews comes back...

30.1

Mathews to Bopara, no run, length angled into off stump, Bopara trying to play to leg on the crease misses and gets struck high on the pad, a massive cry from the bowler for lbw, not out given but Mathews is very keen and goes for the review only to find the ball on Hawk Eye going comfortable over the stumps, poor review

30.2

Mathews to Bopara, 2 runs, from the crease, opens the face and gets it fine of third man, they sprint hard an come back for the second

30.3

Mathews to Bopara, 1 run, driven firmly to mid-off and Bopara is off again here and oh dear, a direct hit at the bowler's end had him gone but the fielder missed

30.4

Mathews to Morgan, no run, blocked just backward of point but not backward enough for a single, there's a wealth of confusion, Bopara was half-way down but then they both turn around and head back to where they came from, Morgan ends up diving back into his ground and the direct hit isn't quite in time

30.5

Mathews to Morgan, OUT, back of a length, Morgan tries to help it around the corner but gets a top edge and it carries all the way to deep backward sqaure. That's a very bad wicket for England to lose. Morgan got it slightly wrong and that was dangerous the way he tried to play it, had he tried to whack into Harborne it may well have gone for six

EJG Morgan c Jayawardene b Mathews 17 (26m 27b 0x4 1x6) SR: 62.96

30.6

Mathews to Bopara, 1 run, full on the stumps, tucked through square leg and they get a single

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 143/5 (RR: 4.61)
RS Bopara    5* (6b)      AD Mathews    3-0-10-1
JC Buttler    0* (0b)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-22-1

31.1

Senanayake to Bopara, no run, full on the stumps, tries to play to leg but just rolls it to short leg

31.2

Senanayake to Bopara, no run, similar delivery but a touch straighter and patted back up the wicket

31.3

Senanayake to Bopara, 1 run, touch straight and worked wide of midwicket for an easy run

31.4

Senanayake to Buttler, no run, forward just outside off and ran to backward point

31.5

Senanayake to Buttler, 1 run, fuller and driven firmly wide enough of mid-off for a single

31.6

Senanayake to Bopara, no run, tries to flick a slightly shorter ball around the corner but gets it off the pad to short leg

Daniel: "Sri Lanka smell blood now, should bring back Malinga and go for the kill "

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 145/5 (RR: 4.53)
RS Bopara    6* (10b)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-24-1
JC Buttler    1* (2b)      AD Mathews    3-0-10-1

Mathews heard you Daniel, back comes Malinga...

32.1

Malinga to Buttler, 1 wide, bumper first up, ducked, too high

32.1

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, full and wide of off stump, driven at and gets a bit of a top edge that almost was in reach of a diving Dilshan at backward point

32.2

Malinga to Bopara, 1 run, tighter line and pushed carefully out to deep cover

32.3

Malinga to Buttler, no run, yorker length, dug out on the bounce back to the bowler

32.4

Malinga to Buttler, no run, another yorker, played back to the bowler again, nothing else really you can do with that

32.5

Malinga to Buttler, no run, this is a quick inswinger yorker but Buttler is onto it and defends into the off side

32.6

Malinga to Buttler, FOUR, very full again but gets the line slightly wrong and a hint of width outside off allows Buttler to ping it past extra-cover, great timing

End of over 33 (7 runs) England 152/5 (RR: 4.60)
JC Buttler    6* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-30-1
RS Bopara    7* (11b)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-24-1

Medis returns...

33.1

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, full on the leg stump, rolled into forward square leg and there's an easy single

33.2

Mendis to Buttler, no run, similar delivery but this is just flicked to midwicket

33.3

Mendis to Buttler, 3 runs, slightly more leg side and Buttler whips it with good timing backward of square, long chase for the deep fielder and he just gets the dive out in time

33.4

Mendis to Bopara, no run, length delivery and dropped on the bounce to short leg

33.5

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, full length and turned through square leg

33.6

Mendis to Buttler, 1 run, full length and punched down the ground to long-on

Drinks for the second time and this time it's Sri Lanka feeling the better. Gnasher back to take you to tea...

End of over 34 (6 runs) England 158/5 (RR: 4.64)
JC Buttler    10* (10b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-35-1
RS Bopara    9* (14b)      SL Malinga    5-0-30-1

Thanks Alex. England have made a bit of a pickle of this. Can Buttler rescue them again?

34.1

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, full outside leg, worked towards mid-on

34.2

Malinga to Bopara, no run, low full toss but clipped straight to midwicket

Ali: "A powerplay here would have not benefited England at all. So I think in hindsight not a bad decision to take powerplay then"

34.3

Malinga to Bopara, 1 run, leans into a full delivery outside off, pushes out to deep cover

34.4

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, digs out a slower-ball yorker, dribbles to the leg side and Bopara is alert to the single

34.5

Malinga to Bopara, no run, defended to the off side

34.6

Malinga to Bopara, 1 run, push-and-run towards mid-off so he'll keep the strike

Alex: "Am I right in saying that none of the english batsmen in this line up have a average of over 40 in odi's?" You are correct. Morgan the closest at 39.02.

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 162/5 (RR: 4.62)
RS Bopara    11* (18b)      SL Malinga    6-0-34-1
JC Buttler    12* (12b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-35-1

35.1

Mendis to Bopara, no run, full at the stumps, pushed to midwicket

35.2

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, flicked outside off stump, Bopara drives square through point

35.3

Mendis to Buttler, 1 run, props forward, pushes gently into the off side

35.4

Mendis to Bopara, 2 runs, gets this very fine with a dinky sweep, Sangakkara actually skipped too far across and believes he has missed a catching chance. Given runs so technically he has, I suppse

35.5

Mendis to Bopara, no run, pushed to the off side

35.6

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, worked down the ground

End of over 36 (5 runs) England 167/5 (RR: 4.63)
RS Bopara    15* (23b)      BAW Mendis    6-0-40-1
JC Buttler    13* (13b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-34-1

Mathews brings himself back

36.1

Mathews to Bopara, no run, straight, tucked to the leg side

Chris: "Interesting comparison - Notts 176-2 off 37 overs at Tea in their Championship match, with Alex Hales 113 not out off 102 balls"

36.2

Mathews to Bopara, 2 runs, short delivery, rolls his wrist on a pull and long leg can't stop a second

36.3

Mathews to Bopara, no run, on a length, defended back to the bowler

steven phillips: "how much say does Cook have in this team selection? It just looks wrong and we play/score like the English test team of the mid 90's... Are the selectors blind and incompetent? Really does look like the beginnings on an old boys club to me...grumble, grumble"

36.4

Mathews to Bopara, no run, picks out midwicket this time

36.5

Mathews to Bopara, no run, drops it into the off side but can't steal a single

36.6

Mathews to Bopara, no run, on a length, softly defended to the bowler. Gentle cricket from England.

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 169/5 (RR: 4.56)
RS Bopara    17* (29b)      AD Mathews    4-0-12-1
JC Buttler    13* (13b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    6-0-40-1

37.1

Mendis to Buttler, 1 run, flicked through straight midwicket, all along the deck

37.2

Mendis to Bopara, OUT, another horror show for England! Bopara goes to pull a short ball, which he completely misses and gets bowled between his legs as the ball dips slightly under the shot. Credit to Mendis as well, though, as it was delivered slower

RS Bopara b Mendis 17 (38m 30b 0x4 0x6) SR: 56.66

Jordan has shown he can bat very effectively, but 13 overs still to go here. Slip and a short leg in place. Sri Lanka going for the kill

37.3

Mendis to Jordan, no run, defended to the leg side

37.4

Mendis to Jordan, (no ball) 1 run, he oversteps, that's careless, worked off the pads behind square

Free hit

37.4

Mendis to Buttler, 1 run, big full toss, Buttler uses his feet but can only club it down to long-off

Liz Blatherwick: "If the rain that we're getting here in south Staffordshire is coming your way, there won't be very much more cricket!" Fingers crossed it misses Edgbaston

37.5

Mendis to Jordan, no run, tucked into the leg side

37.6

Mendis to Jordan, 1 run, very full, Jordan flicks it from under his eyes to deep square-leg

Pratik: "Where are the fast pitches of the past where fast bowlers used to bowl short pitch balls and take wickets. These pitches look like typical Asian pitches." Has been a lot of poor weather around which hasn't helped prepare a quicker surface for this match

End of over 38 (5 runs) England 174/6 (RR: 4.57)
CJ Jordan    2* (4b)      BAW Mendis    7-0-45-2
JC Buttler    15* (15b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-12-1

38.1

Mathews to Jordan, no run, good length around off stump, prodded back towards Mathews

38.2

Mathews to Jordan, 3 wides, that's an awful delivery, short ball way down the leg side, dies before Sangakkara and bobbles through him towards fine leg

38.2

Mathews to Jordan, no run, slower ball, outside off, left alone

38.3

Mathews to Jordan, no run, nips into Jordan off a good length, defended to the on side

38.4

Mathews to Jordan, no run, keeps it full, pushed to mid-off...England can't afford to cut loose until very near the end now

38.5

Mathews to Jordan, 1 wide, short again, not so poorly directed, but still called wide much to the chagrin of Sangakkara

38.5

Mathews to Jordan, no run, width outside off but it doesn't cost anything as Jordan cuts to point

38.6

Mathews to Jordan, no run, cut to point again

Nick Taplin: "Whilst unfavourable comparisons between Hales and this shower are interesting, I should point out that Hales is presumably not batting against Malinga and Mendis, is he? " It's a valid point, Nick. But think there is just a general frustration from some supporters about the intent of the top order

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 178/6 (RR: 4.56)
CJ Jordan    2* (10b)      AD Mathews    5-0-16-1
JC Buttler    15* (15b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    7-0-45-2

39.1

Mendis to Buttler, 1 run, opens the face and runs it behind point

Slip in place

39.2

Mendis to Jordan, 1 run, driven to deep cover

And here's Ryan with a differing view: "Blimey I can see why the Aussies call us whinging poms. This team recently won in the west indies, lost a very close final of the champions trophy, is 2-2 against sri lanka and it could have been 3-1 after nearly chasing down 300 in the last game. The way some people whine you'd think we haven't won a game for 7 years... yeah its not the finished article ny any stretch but its packed full of really exciting youngsters with oodles of potential. "

39.3

Mendis to Buttler, no run, pushed to the leg side

39.4

Mendis to Buttler, 1 run, drifts outside leg stump, flicked to deep square

39.5

Mendis to Jordan, no run, slightly shorter, played to the leg side

39.6

Mendis to Jordan, 1 run, driven towards mid-off who is deep enough for the single

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 182/6 (RR: 4.55)
CJ Jordan    4* (13b)      BAW Mendis    8-0-49-2
JC Buttler    17* (18b 1x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-16-1

40.1

Mathews to Jordan, 1 run, looked out with a hit! Buttler was struggling. Jordan dropped an ran into the off side. Buttler dived but would have been short with a strike from Thirimanne

40.2

Mathews to Buttler, no run, defended back to the bowler

40.3

Mathews to Buttler, 1 run, slower ball outside off, dropped square towards point

40.4

Mathews to Jordan, no run, can't beat backward point as he opens the face

Jagpreet Singh : "could anyone tell me where is Ben Stokes ?? last time I heard he was injured? has the comeback started?" Back playing for Durham now

40.5

Mathews to Jordan, FOUR, some power there from Jordan, short delivery and he pulled it in front of square

40.6

Mathews to Jordan, 1 run, back on a length outside off, pushed through point to the sweeper

JonnoMc: "As an Aussie living in London, it's good to see Poms whinging about other Poms whinging. How postmodern. "

End of over 41 (7 runs) England 189/6 (RR: 4.60)
CJ Jordan    10* (17b 1x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-23-1
JC Buttler    18* (20b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    8-0-49-2

Senanayake back into the attack

41.1

Senanayake to Jordan, no run, turns into Jordan, picks out square leg

41.2

Senanayake to Jordan, 1 run, starts to use his feet, it's a very full delivery, pushed down the ground

Senanayake sees Jordan backing up a little far so pulls out of his delivery

41.3

Senanayake to Buttler, 1 run, shovelled down to long-on

41.4

Senanayake to Jordan, no run, outside off, he comes forward and drives to cover

Now Senanayake stops because of Buttler's backing up

41.5

Senanayake to Jordan, no run, held back a little, some slow turn, worked to midwicket

41.6

Senanayake to Jordan, no run, this one spins the other way, away from Jordan, and is another dot ball as it's pushed to cover

End of over 42 (2 runs) England 191/6 (RR: 4.54)
CJ Jordan    11* (22b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-26-1
JC Buttler    19* (21b 1x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-23-1

42.1

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, full on the stumps, slower delivery, pushed into the covers

42.2

Malinga to Jordan, 1 run, another slower ball yorker, actually this one didn't pitch, he opens the face down to third man

42.3

Malinga to Buttler, no run, short ball over leg stump, Buttler ducks

42.4

Malinga to Buttler, 1 run, short again, over off stump this time, Buttler pulls this time out to deep square

42.5

Malinga to Jordan, 2 runs, top edge off another short delivery, 'watch for the spin' down at fine leg and Mendis gets beaten which concedes another run

Chris: "The last 2 times Hales has faced Malinga and co in full force he has only scored 182 runs off 105 balls, so not sure we are being at all unfair in comparing!"

42.6

Malinga to Jordan, 1 run, full toss on the pads, flicked to fine leg...no spin for Mendis to worry about this time

End of over 43 (6 runs) England 197/6 (RR: 4.58)
CJ Jordan    15* (25b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-40-1
JC Buttler    21* (24b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-26-1

Ed Bowden: "England's 9, 10 and Jack average 8, 7 and 4, respectively. Expect a quick end to this innings when the 7th wicket goes down! "

43.1

Senanayake to Jordan, no run, full and squeezed to midwicket

43.2

Senanayake to Jordan, 2 runs, OUT, drifts onto the pads, clipped away fine and this pair are very rapid between the wickets

JC Buttler run out 21 (53m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Wicket oh boy! This is a moment. Buttler is run out back room. Senanayake had warned him previously. Buttler backed up again. Senanayake appeal and the umpire asked Mathews if he wanted to uphold it. Mathews said yes. Buttler given out. This will be a story. (Excuse the odd looking commentary while we sort Buttler's wicket)

43.3

Senanayake to Jordan, no run, defended to the off side...boos ring around the ground

43.4

Senanayake to Jordan, no run, worked into the leg side

43.5

Senanayake to Jordan, no run, flicked from outside to square leg

43.6

Senanayake to Jordan, no run, full and driven to cover. A dramatic over.

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 199/7 (RR: 4.52)
CJ Jordan    17* (31b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    9-0-28-1
JC Tredwell    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    7-0-40-1

44.1

Malinga to Tredwell, no run, flicked to mid-on

Errol Erskine: "I do not like that but the rule is the rule and the batter was taking an advantage."

44.2

Malinga to Tredwell, no run, big appeal for lbw, was full at leg stump but perhaps swinging to miss leg

44.3

Malinga to Tredwell, no run, low full toss, driven to mid-off

44.4

Malinga to Tredwell, 1 leg bye, on leg stump, deflects behind square on the leg side

44.5

Malinga to Jordan, 1 run, full on leg stump, flicked to deep square

44.6

Malinga to Tredwell, OUT, cleaned up! Full and straight, Tredwell misses trying to drive through the off side

JC Tredwell b Malinga 0 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 201/8 (RR: 4.46)
     SL Malinga    8-0-41-2
CJ Jordan    18* (32b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    9-0-28-1

James: "Senanayake had previously warned both Jordan and Buttler. Perfectly within his rights to do that."

45.1

Senanayake to Jordan, FOUR, short outside leg stump, pulled away backward of square and the fielder can't stop it even with a dive

45.2

Senanayake to Jordan, 1 run, flicked to the leg side

45.3

Senanayake to Anderson, 1 run, nudged into midwicket

45.4

Senanayake to Jordan, 1 run

45.5

Senanayake to Anderson, no run, left alone

45.6

Senanayake to Anderson, 1 run, turns quite sharply, runs off the open face to short third man

End of over 46 (8 runs) England 209/8 (RR: 4.54)
JM Anderson    2* (3b)      SMSM Senanayake    10-0-36-1
CJ Jordan    24* (35b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-41-2

46.1

Malinga to Anderson, 1 run, full and flicked in the air into midwicket

Abdul Haadi: "Do not understand the booing, he had been warned by the bowler, and should not have backed up on that specific bowler. It's his fault in the end."

46.2

Malinga to Jordan, 1 wide, short ball, Jordan ducks, it's called a wide

Keupke: "Sure Senanayake was within his rights. But the rule says "backing up unfairly" and I have some doubts about whether that sedate amble of Buttler's qualifies as unfair."

46.2

Malinga to Jordan, FOUR, full outside off, lovely drive from Jordan as he slots it between cover and mid-off

Let's not forget Mathews role in the wicket. He could have withdrawn the appeal. Not saying he had to, but he could have done.

46.3

Malinga to Jordan, no run, full and dug out to midwicket

Richard: "Please stop with the biased commentary. Look at Twitter where 99% of people think it's cheating from Senanayake! All countries, not just English!" I'm picking out various comments when I see them

46.4

Malinga to Jordan, 1 run, banged in short, pulled to deep square leg

46.5

Malinga to Anderson, 1 run, yorker dug out into the off side

46.6

Malinga to Jordan, 1 run, worked into midwicket

Fat Bob: "The law states that you can only be run out backing up if 'you attempt to steal a run'. in this case, Buttler wasn't." In umpires' view he was. Apologies for the slightly weird comms around Buttler's run out, it will be tidied up at the end of the innings. Such dismissals are a challenge for the system

End of over 47 (9 runs) England 218/8 (RR: 4.63)
CJ Jordan    30* (39b 3x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-50-2
JM Anderson    4* (5b)      SMSM Senanayake    10-0-36-1

47.1

Mendis to Jordan, no run, can't beat midwicket as he flicks off his toes

47.2

Mendis to Jordan, no run, driven into the off side

47.3

Mendis to Jordan, OUT, nine down! A awful mix-up. Jordan nudged to the leg side. Not sure there was ever a single but Anderson kept on running and Jordan had no chance in the end

CJ Jordan run out 30 (44m 42b 3x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Some rain on the camera...

47.4

Mendis to Anderson, 1 run, brings out the reverse sweep, an appeal for lbw but it's given as a run as it dribbles to short fine leg...not sure there was much, if any, bat

47.5

Mendis to Gurney, no run, props forward and defends

47.6

Mendis to Gurney, no run, beats the outside, Gurney didn't really have a clue there

End of over 48 (1 run) England 219/9 (RR: 4.56)
HF Gurney    0* (2b)      BAW Mendis    9-0-50-2
JM Anderson    5* (6b)      SL Malinga    9-0-50-2

48.1

Malinga to Anderson, OUT, all over! A slower ball completely defeats Anderson as he hoicks to leg. Hits the off stump.

JM Anderson b Malinga 5 (15m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

But it's not too long a delay and we're back out. James Anderson from the City End...

6.20pm Welcome back for Sri Lanka's chase but we've had some rain and the covers are on. It's struggling to get dry actually so we might be off for a little longer. The umpires had decided we were going to start at 6.30pm but more drizzle scuppered that idea.

So England are all out with 11 balls unused. A very ordinary innings from England, but it will be spoken about for much more than the batting and the bowler. Buttler's run out, backing up, is already provoking much debate. Will we be keeping tabs on it and stories will follow during the evening. A bit of rain falling as we speak, but hopefully it won't be too serious. We'll be back at 6.15pm for Sri Lanka's chase as they aim to secure the series.

Series Results
England v Sri Lanka at Birmingham - Jun 3, 2014
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
England v Sri Lanka at The Oval - May 22, 2014
England won by 81 runs (D/L method)
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Sri Lanka celebrate their series victory

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Angelo Mathews holds the series trophy aloft, England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Edgbaston, June 3, 2014

Angelo Mathews holds the series trophy aloft

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