Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

NatWest Series [Sri Lanka in England] - 3rd match

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 46 balls remaining)

After two convincing wins for Sri Lanka in the first and second ODI's , we are here at Chester-le-street. Hello and Welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the third ODI. Sri Lanka lead the 5 match series 2-0. This is Binoy George, along with Gautham will take you through this ODI.

England won the toss and have elected to bat. England have made one change to the team, Alex Loudon makes his debut comes in place of Bresnan. For Sri Lanka Fernando replaces Ruchira Perera and Malinga Bandara comes in place of Muralitharan, who had to go home to his ill son, who is to undergo an operation.

Sri Lanka can seal the series with a victory here. It is going to be another intense contest on the card. Please stay tuned.

There was rain last night. It is overcast and bit chilly at the moment.

Players coming out into the middle. It will be Vaas to bowl from Finchale End. He will be bowling to Trescothick, Strauss is the non-striker.

0.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, hint of seam movement, Trescothick lets it go outside the off stump

It will be Malinga to bowl

0.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, outside the off stump, it was wide and signalled wide

0.2

Vaas to Trescothick, 2 runs, drifting on the pads, Trescothick neatly turns it around behind square leg for couple of runs

0.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, defends to mid off

0.4

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, defends to the off side, comes nicely on the front foot

0.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good ball on the middle stump, Trescothick this time on the back foot defends back down the track

0.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery, Trescothick defends with a straight bat to the off side

A good first over from Vaas comes to an end, there is seam movement.

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
ME Trescothick    2* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0
AJ Strauss    0* (0b)     

1.1

Malinga to Strauss, 1 wide, outside the off stump, signalled wide

1.1

Malinga to Strauss, no run, back of a length, Strauss defends back down the track

1.2

Malinga to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, Strauss pushes to mid off

1.3

Malinga to Strauss, FOUR, driven off the back foot wide of thirdman to the fence, it was bit short

1.4

Malinga to Strauss, 1 run, this time gets the edge to thirdman

1.5

Malinga to Trescothick, FOUR, a push from Trescothick, goes to the cover fence in quick time, good shot

1.6

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
ME Trescothick    6* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    5* (4b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0

2.1

Vaas to Strauss, no run, comes forward to a good length delivery and defends to cover

2.2

Vaas to Strauss, FOUR, edged wide of Jayawardene at first slip, good ball there moving away, Malinga at thirdman fails to stop it, the ball goes into the fence

2.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, drives, a thickish edge to backward-point

2.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, defended on the back foot to mid on

2.5

Vaas to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside the off stump, Strauss forces off the back foot to cover

2.6

Vaas to Strauss, no run, change in pace from Vaas, cuts in off the seam, Strauss lets it go, that surprised him, he thought it would go the other way.

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 5.33)
AJ Strauss    9* (10b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-6-0
ME Trescothick    6* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-10-0

3.1

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, excellent delivery, Trescothick standing in the crease, just feels at the delivery, beats the outside edge.

3.2

Malinga to Trescothick, 1 leg bye, played behind square to fine leg for a run

3.3

Malinga to Strauss, no run, fuller length delivery, lets it go

3.4

Malinga to Strauss, 1 run, slashes at the delivery, goes on the bounce to thirdman

3.5

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, defended to midwicket

3.6

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, stands tall and defends well to point

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 18/0 (RR: 4.50)
ME Trescothick    6* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-0
AJ Strauss    10* (12b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-6-0

4.1

Vaas to Strauss, no run, fuller delivery outside the off stump, looking to drive through the off side, gets a thickish edge along the ground to backward-point

Sangakkara standing up at the wicket, negating Strauss standing outside the crease

4.2

Vaas to Strauss, no run, plays to the on side

4.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, comes forward and drives to mid off

4.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Strauss pushes to Jayawardene at cover

4.5

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, on the middle and leg, Strauss plays it in the gap between mid on and midwicket for a single

4.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, hint of away swing, Trescothick watches it and lets it go, good take from Sangakkara

End of over 5 (1 run) England 19/0 (RR: 3.80)
ME Trescothick    6* (13b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    11* (17b 2x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-0

Jayawardene makes an early change, Fernando replaces Malinga

5.1

Fernando to Strauss, 1 run, cuts it, gets bottom edge to thirdman

5.2

Fernando to Trescothick, 1 run, forces off the back foot to the off side, Arnold at short point gets an hand to it

5.3

Fernando to Strauss, no run, good delivery, pitches just outside the leg stump, strikes the pad, loud shout, turned down by Billy doctrove

5.4

Fernando to Strauss, no run

5.5

Fernando to Strauss, 1 run, bit wide, Strauss cuts it to thirdman for a single

5.6

Fernando to Trescothick, no run, Trescothick playing from the crease, pushes to the off side

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 22/0 (RR: 3.66)
ME Trescothick    7* (15b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    13* (21b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-7-0

6.1

Vaas to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump, fast and quick work from Sangakkara, who takes the ball and whips off the bails, referred to third Umpire for a stumping, NOT OUT comes on the screen, Strauss's foot was in.

6.2

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, played to the on side

6.2

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, pushes off the back foot to backward-point

6.3

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run, pushes wide of mid on for a single

6.4

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, drifting on the pads, plays it behind square leg for a single

6.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, driven to Malinga at mid on

6.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, plays from the crease, Trescothick blocks it, goes to Jayawardene at slip

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 25/0 (RR: 3.57)
ME Trescothick    8* (18b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    15* (24b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-3-0

7.1

Fernando to Strauss, 1 run, pushes wide of mid off for a quick single

7.2

Fernando to Trescothick, no run

7.3

Fernando to Trescothick, FOUR, wide outside the off stump, Trescothick cuts it nicely to cover fence, good shot

7.4

Fernando to Trescothick, 1 no ball, beats the outside edge, Fernando oversteps

7.4

Fernando to Trescothick, FOUR, another cracking cut to cover fence, good shot, bad delivery from Fernando, has been bit wide

7.5

Fernando to Trescothick, 1 run, steers it down nicely to thirdman for a single

7.6

Fernando to Strauss, no run, back of a length on the body, Strauss defends from the crease to the off side

End of over 8 (11 runs) England 36/0 (RR: 4.50)
AJ Strauss    16* (26b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-14-0
ME Trescothick    17* (23b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-10-0

8.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, pushes off the front foot to Dilshan at point

8.2

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Trescothick pushes to the off side, Arnold at short point fields the ball

8.3

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run, back of a length outside the off stump, Trescothick cuts hard, Dilshan at backward-point dives across to his left and saves a few runs, wonderful stuff

8.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, good ball moving away, Strauss cuts and misses, Sangakkara collects it well

8.5

Vaas to Strauss, no run, a leading edge to mid off, Strauss looking to play to the on side, lucky for him, it was wide of Vaas

8.6

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, tucked away to deep backward square leg for a single

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 38/0 (RR: 4.22)
AJ Strauss    17* (29b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-12-0
ME Trescothick    18* (26b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-14-0

9.1

Fernando to Strauss, 2 runs, on the legs, Strauss turns it away nicely to deep backward square leg, Vaas from fine leg, runs around and fields the ball

9.2

Fernando to Strauss, FOUR, good shot from Strauss, it was in the slot, comes nicely on the front foot and drives well in the gap to extra-cover fence

9.3

Fernando to Strauss, 2 runs, on the legs again, turned away to midwicket for a couple of runs

9.4

Fernando to Strauss, 1 run, opens the face off the bat and steers it, quick single taken wide of Dilshan at backward-point, who has a shy at the stumps and misses.

9.5

Fernando to Trescothick, no run, short and bit wide, Trescothick cuts hard, Dilshan again makes a brilliant stop diving to his left, saves a certain boundary.

9.6

Fernando to Trescothick, no run, back of a length, Trescothick with and open face plays behind the wicket, Dilshan quickly in prevents the single.

That is the end of first power play.

End of over 10 (9 runs) England 47/0 (RR: 4.70)
ME Trescothick    18* (28b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-23-0
AJ Strauss    26* (33b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-12-0

Jayawardene opts for the second power play

10.1

Vaas to Strauss, no run, pushes to the on side

a packed off side field

10.2

Vaas to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, pushes to Arnold at cover

10.3

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, drifting on the pads, tucked it nicely to deep backward square leg for a single

10.4

Vaas to Trescothick, FOUR, driven back in the air past Vaas, it was hit hard down the ground to the fence, good shot, the Umpire just got of the way.

10.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, forces off the back foot to cover

10.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, that was close to the off stump, Trescothick looking for the big shot, misses it, change in pace from Vaas, excellent delivery

End of over 11 (5 runs) England 52/0 (RR: 4.72)
ME Trescothick    22* (31b 4x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-0-17-0
AJ Strauss    27* (36b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-23-0

Steady progress from England so far. Change in the bowling, Maharoof replaces Fernando.

11.1

Maharoof to Strauss, (no ball) 2 runs, oversteps, played away to deep backward square leg, Strauss wants the second run, that was a risky second run, referred to the third Umpire for a run out, NOT OUT comes on the screen, Strauss was in.

11.1

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, goes to backward-point, from the outer half off the bat

11.2

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, turned away to the on side

11.3

Maharoof to Strauss, 1 run, cuts late to thirdman for a single, that was well played by Strauss

11.4

Maharoof to Trescothick, 1 run, Trescothick pushes forward, gets a thickish edge to deep backward square leg, they go through with the single

11.5

Maharoof to Strauss, 1 run, turned away nicely in front of square leg to the deep, fielded by Bandara

11.6

Maharoof to Trescothick, 2 runs, width offered, Trescothick cuts hard but finds Tharanga at point, who makes a half stop, defelects to the deep, saves few runs.

End of over 12 (8 runs) England 60/0 (RR: 5.00)
ME Trescothick    25* (33b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-8-0
AJ Strauss    31* (41b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-0-17-0

12.1

Vaas to Strauss, no run, inside edge, the ball just misses the leg stump as it rolled along the ground.

12.2

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, cut away to thirdman for a single

12.3

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run, makes a little room and cuts late to thirdman for a single, that was neatly played

12.4

Vaas to Strauss, OUT, Vaas strikes, that was bit fuller on the off and middle, Strauss looking to play to the on side, playing across the line, strikes the pad in line with the stumps, loud appeal, Umpire Benson lifts the finger.

AJ Strauss lbw b Vaas 32 (55m 44b 3x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Bell is the new man in

12.5

Vaas to Bell, no run, good length delivery, watchfully defended by Bell to the off side

12.6

Vaas to Bell, no run, good length delivery, change in pace, Bell on the front foot defends down the track, fielded by Vaas on his follow through.

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 62/1 (RR: 4.76)
IR Bell    0* (2b)      WPUJC Vaas    7-0-19-1
ME Trescothick    26* (34b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-8-0

13.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, FOUR, good shot, sweetly timed, Trescothick drives well in the gap between extra-cover and mid off, ball races to the fence in quick time.

Still overcast conditions

13.2

Maharoof to Trescothick, FOUR, another wonderful shot, driven on the up in the gap, ball races across the turf to extra-cover fence, Trescothick finding the gaps very well

13.3

Maharoof to Trescothick, 1 run, opens the face off the bat and steers it down to thirdman for a single

13.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, short of length outside the off stump, plays with an open face to Tharanga at backward-point

13.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, fuller delivery, Bell drives down the track, fielded by Maharoof on his follow through

13.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, excellent delivery outside the off stump, seams away, Bell looking to steer it down, misses it, Sangakkara takes it behind the stumps

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 71/1 (RR: 5.07)
IR Bell    0* (5b)      MF Maharoof    2-0-17-0
ME Trescothick    35* (37b 6x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-0-19-1

Vaas into his 8th over

14.1

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run, plays it down the thirdman for a single

14.2

Vaas to Bell, no run, defended to the off side

14.3

Vaas to Bell, 3 runs, fuller delivery, Bell drives well down the ground to long off, Malinga chases well and then puts in a good slide and makes a good save.

14.4

Vaas to Trescothick, OUT, Vaas gets his man, picks up Trescothick, excellent delivery, fast and pacy around the off stump, coming in, Trescothick looking to play to the on side, leaves a big gap between bat and pad, the ball strikes the middle stump.

ME Trescothick b Vaas 36 (65m 39b 6x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

Time for drinks

Pietersen is the new man in

14.5

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, defended well to the off side

14.6

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, comes forward and drives well to mid off with the full face off the bat, good positive shot.

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 75/2 (RR: 5.00)
KP Pietersen    0* (2b)      WPUJC Vaas    8-0-23-2
IR Bell    3* (7b)      MF Maharoof    2-0-17-0

With two new men in the crease, Jayawardene opts for Power play three

15.1

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run, runs it down to thirdman for a single

15.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, back of a length outside the off stump, Pietersen looking to steer it down, beats the outside edge, excellent take from Sangakkara, who is standing up.

15.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, defended to point

15.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, moves forward and pushes to mid off

15.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, DROPPED! short of length, Pietersen steering it down, gets the edge, a tough chance for Sangakkara, who puts it down, the ball goes to thirdman.

15.6

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run, played to the on side for a single, a thick edge

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 78/2 (RR: 4.87)
IR Bell    5* (9b)      MF Maharoof    3-0-20-0
KP Pietersen    1* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    8-0-23-2

Change in bowling, Malinga comes back

16.1

Malinga to Bell, no run, back of a length delivery, Bell defends to the on side

16.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, defends off the back foot to Malinga

16.3

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, tucked away nicely to deep backward sqaure leg, fielded by Fernando, waited for the delivery and worked it nicely

16.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, defends to mid on

16.5

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, pushes softly to mid on and takes off for a quick single, well run there by Bell

16.6

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, full and straight on the stumps, driven nicely back down the track, hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, Malinga failed to get a hand to it.

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 81/2 (RR: 4.76)
KP Pietersen    1* (7b)      SL Malinga    3-0-14-0
IR Bell    8* (14b)      MF Maharoof    3-0-20-0

17.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, defended to cover.

17.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Bell comes forward and pushes to mid off

17.3

Maharoof to Bell, 2 runs, back of a length, Bell waits for the ball and turns it nicely through midwicket, well played

17.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good delivery, Bell defends well with a straight bat down the track

17.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good ball on the stumps, again Bell defends with a straight bat down the track, fielded by Maharoof

17.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, defends from the crease to the off side

The Sri Lankan's keeping a check on the runs with the two wickets.

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 83/2 (RR: 4.61)
IR Bell    10* (20b)      MF Maharoof    4-0-22-0
KP Pietersen    1* (7b)      SL Malinga    3-0-14-0

18.1

Malinga to Pietersen, 1 run, pushes bit hard to mid off, Jayasuriya fails to pick up the ball, that would have been close.

18.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, forces to the off side

18.3

Malinga to Bell, 1 wide, down the leg side, Bell fails to get a tickle, goes through to Sangakkara, signalled wide

18.3

Malinga to Bell, no run, forces to the off side, Arnold at short extra-cover fields the ball

18.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, short and wide, Bell times the shot well, but fails to beat Dilshan at backward-point.

18.5

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, good ball there, changed the pace, Bell pushes forward, gets the edge, Fernando at short fine leg makes a mess of fielding the ball, goes to fine leg

18.6

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

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 87/2 (RR: 4.57)
IR Bell    12* (25b)      SL Malinga    4-0-18-0
KP Pietersen    2* (8b)      MF Maharoof    4-0-22-0

19.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, driven on the up to cover, cannot beat the packed off side

19.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, a leg cutter from Maharoof, Pietersen looking to play to the on side, misses it completely

19.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, FOUR, this time he gets it to the on side, played in the air wide of Jayasuriya at midwicket to the fence, good shot

19.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, nips in, Pietersen looking to play to the on side, misses it, strikes him hard on the pads, he is down on the ground, looks to have hurt him.

The physio runs in to administer him. The ball seems to have hit him on the knee. He looks ok now, puts on his pads and back to business.

19.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, stands tall on the front foot and drives well to mid off

19.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, Pietersen defends with a straight bat down the track

It is now over to Gautham.

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 91/2 (RR: 4.55)
KP Pietersen    6* (14b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-0-26-0
IR Bell    12* (25b)      SL Malinga    4-0-18-0

20.1

Malinga to Bell, no run, short ball around the off stump, Bell across the line and defends it down to offside

20.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, good length ball on the off stump, nipping in off the wicket, batsman defends it away to mid-on

20.3

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, short of length ball straying on the pads, batsman flicks it away off his legs to deep square leg

20.4

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, Malinga goes in for an yorker but doesnt get it right, angled down the legside, Pietersen fails to put it away and misses, close call for a wide

20.5

Malinga to Pietersen, OUT, Big wicket! short delivery outside off stump, Pietersen tries to smash it away off the back-foot, extra-bounce and ball takes the outside edge and straight to Sangakkara, would have been called a wide had Pietersen not nicked it

KP Pietersen c †Sangakkara b Malinga 6 (29m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Collingwood walks in

20.6

Malinga to Collingwood, FOUR, drifting down the legside, Collingwood gets bat onto it and ball runs down fine to the fence, good start for Collingwood!

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 96/3 (RR: 4.57)
PD Collingwood    4* (1b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-23-1
IR Bell    13* (28b)      MF Maharoof    5-0-26-0

21.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, full length ball on the leg stump, Bell flicks it straight to Jayawardene at mid-wicket

21.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, short of length ball on the off stump, batsman tries to steer down to thirdman but straight to gully fielder

21.3

Maharoof to Bell, no run, defended down the wicket

21.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good length ball on the off stump, defended to point

21.5

Maharoof to Bell, 2 runs, short of length ball on the pads, flicked away wide of the deep square leg fielder for a couple of runs

21.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, short ball outside off stump, leg-cutter, batsman tries to cut and gets beaten, just 2 runs of the over

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 98/3 (RR: 4.45)
IR Bell    15* (34b)      MF Maharoof    6-0-28-0
PD Collingwood    4* (1b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-23-1

5 men within the inner circle

22.1

Malinga to Collingwood, no run, short of length ball on the off stump, defended on the back-foot to point3

22.2

Malinga to Collingwood, 1 run, full length ball on the middle and leg stump, flicked away to deep square leg

22.3

Malinga to Bell, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, defended to onside

22.4

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, short ball around the off stump, batsman steers it away nicely to thirdman, 100 comes up at the 23rd over

22.5

Malinga to Collingwood, no run, defended on the back-foot to mid-wicket, Malinga concentrating on bowling stump to stump and is doing a good job

22.6

Malinga to Collingwood, no run, fraction short outside off stump, Collingwood fails to put it away for runs, cuts it over the ball, mistimes to point

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 100/3 (RR: 4.34)
PD Collingwood    5* (5b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-25-1
IR Bell    16* (36b)      MF Maharoof    6-0-28-0

23.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

23.2

Maharoof to Bell, 2 wides

23.2

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, good ball around the off stump, moving away slightly, batsman beaten on the front-foot

23.3

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, pushed off the front-foot to offside. Sri Lankans keeping them under pressure with tight bowling

23.4

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, good length ball on the off stump, driven on the front-foot to extra-cover

23.5

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run, short of length ball on the off stump, defended with an angled bat wide of the backward point fielder

23.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, short ball outside off stump, Bell looks to drive off the back-foot but mistimes, ball rolls down to offside, Bell not happy with the stroke

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 103/3 (RR: 4.29)
IR Bell    16* (38b)      MF Maharoof    7-0-31-0
PD Collingwood    6* (9b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-25-1

Fernando replaces Malinga.

24.1

Fernando to Collingwood, 3 runs, not a good start, straying onto the pads, flicked away beautifully through mid-wicket, ball doesnt take to the fence and they complete 3 runs

24.2

Fernando to Bell, 1 no ball, short of length ball on the off stump, defended on the back-foot to point

24.2

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, fraction short outside off stump, batsman glides it away to thirdman

24.3

Fernando to Collingwood, 1 run, full length ball on the leg stump, flicked away to deep square leg

24.4

Fernando to Bell, no run, DROPPED! fraction short just outside off stump, swinging away, Bell punches off the back-foot and gets the outside edge, goes low and a catchable height to Arnold, fails to catch it

24.5

Fernando to Bell, no run, defended on the back-foot to offside

24.6

Fernando to Bell, no run, good length ball on the off stump, driven on the front-foot to mid-off

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 109/3 (RR: 4.36)
IR Bell    17* (43b)      CRD Fernando    4-0-29-0
PD Collingwood    10* (11b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    7-0-31-0

25.1

Maharoof to Collingwood, FOUR, fraction short on the off stump, Collingwood picks the length quickly and pulls it handsomely over mid-wicket fielder, ball runs away to the fence

25.2

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front-foot to mid-on

25.3

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump, flicked away to deep square leg

25.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good length ball on the off stump, pushed off the front-foot to point

25.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, Brilliant fielding once more from DIlshan! good length ball outside off stump, batsman drives superbly on the front-foot but Dilshan dives across to his right at full stretch and fields it

25.6

Maharoof to Bell, 2 runs, defended on the front-foot to point, Dilshan picks and has a shy at the bowler's end, no one to back-up and they pick 2 runs

End of over 26 (7 runs) England 116/3 (RR: 4.46)
IR Bell    19* (46b)      MF Maharoof    8-0-38-0
PD Collingwood    15* (14b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    4-0-29-0

26.1

Fernando to Collingwood, no run, good length ball just outside off stump, good bounce off the wicket and batsman comprehensively beaten on the front-foot

26.2

Fernando to Collingwood, 1 run, defended on the back-foot to short cover and a single taken

26.3

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, short ball around the off stump, batsman drops it on the back-foot and scampers through a single

26.4

Fernando to Collingwood, 1 run, defended with an angled bat wide of the backward point fielder

26.5

Fernando to Bell, no run, slower one too short, Bell doesnt pick the slower one and plays for the bouncer but adjusts well to keep it out

26.6

Fernando to Bell, 2 runs, flicked away to fine leg, Malinga misfields and batsmen quick to spot and they complete couple of runs

End of over 27 (5 runs) England 121/3 (RR: 4.48)
IR Bell    22* (49b)      CRD Fernando    5-0-34-0
PD Collingwood    17* (17b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    8-0-38-0

Bandara, leg-spinner comes into bowl. 4 men within the circle

27.1

Bandara to Collingwood, no run, fraction short outside off stump, batsman mistimes the cut shot, ball rolls down to point region

27.2

Bandara to Collingwood, no run, flat on the stumps, defended on the front-foot to onside

27.3

Bandara to Collingwood, 1 run, low full toss, Collingwood takes it on the full and paddles to fine leg

27.4

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, full length ball on the off stump, swept away to deep square leg

27.5

Bandara to Collingwood, 1 run, tossed up a bit, batsman uses his feet and drives it down to long-on

27.6

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, turned away wide of the mid-wicket fielder, 4 runs taken off Bandara's 1st over

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 125/3 (RR: 4.46)
IR Bell    24* (51b)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-4-0
PD Collingwood    19* (21b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    5-0-34-0

28.1

Fernando to Bell, no run, short ball on the off stump, batsman defends on the back-foot

28.2

Fernando to Bell, no run, short of length ball on the stumps, defended on the back-foot, Bell failing to rotate the strike

28.3

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, this time gets it right, short one just outside off stump, steered away to thirdman

28.4

Fernando to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood comes down the track, Fernando doesnt give him the width, bowls on the length and batsman defends it away to offside

28.5

Fernando to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front-foot to short cover

28.6

Fernando to Collingwood, no run, good length ball on the off stump, not much Collingwood would do other than defend on the front-foot, ball rolls to offside and a good over from Fernando!

End of over 29 (1 run) England 126/3 (RR: 4.34)
PD Collingwood    19* (24b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-35-0
IR Bell    25* (54b)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-4-0

short fine leg in place instead of short thirdman

29.1

Bandara to Bell, no run, full length ball drifting into the pads, batsman pushes and gets on the pads

29.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, full toss on the leg stump, driven down to long-on

29.3

Bandara to Collingwood, 1 run, full length ball on the stumps, Collingwood turns it away to deep mid-wicket and looks for second run but Tharanga quick onto the ball

29.4

Bandara to Bell, no run, low full toss on the stumps, driven back to the bowler

29.5

Bandara to Bell, no run, given width outside off stump, turning away, batsman goes for the cut but fails to connect

29.6

Bandara to Bell, 1 wide, down the legside, good work by Sangakkara

29.6

Bandara to Bell, no run, flat and full length ball on the off stump,driven back to the bowler

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 129/3 (RR: 4.30)
IR Bell    26* (59b)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-7-0
PD Collingwood    20* (25b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-35-0

30.1

Fernando to Collingwood, 1 wide, bouncer high and over the batsman, Benson has a look at the square leg Umpire Doctrove and then calls it a wide

30.1

Fernando to Collingwood, no run, defended on the back-foot down the wicket

30.2

Fernando to Collingwood, no run, short of length ball on the off stump, pushed to point

30.3

Fernando to Collingwood, no run, short delivery just outside off stump, batsman tries to steer but hits it straight to the gully fielder

30.4

Fernando to Collingwood, FOUR, good length ball on the off stump, Collingwood charges down the track and lofts it straight and wide of the mid-on fielder, excellent shot and eases some pressure

30.5

Fernando to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off stump

30.6

Fernando to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood charges again and taps it away to mid-on and takes a quick single

Drinks called into the field

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 135/3 (RR: 4.35)
PD Collingwood    25* (31b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    7-0-41-0
IR Bell    26* (59b)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-7-0

Bandara to continue

31.1

Bandara to Collingwood, 2 runs, fraction short on the leg stump, tucked away behind square and runs hard for two, Vaas runs in and throws at the bowler's end but they complete it easily

31.2

Bandara to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

31.3

Bandara to Collingwood, no run, on the stumps, batsman uses his feet and drives straight to the mid-wicket fielder

31.4

Bandara to Collingwood, 1 run, turned away to sqaure leg

31.5

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, full toss on the off stump, batsman goes for the reverse sweep and gets a single wide of the backward point fielder

31.6

Bandara to Collingwood, 1 run, driven on the front-foot to long-on, Jayawardene dives across from mid-wicket but couldnt stop the ball

End of over 32 (5 runs) England 140/3 (RR: 4.37)
PD Collingwood    29* (36b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-12-0
IR Bell    27* (60b)      CRD Fernando    7-0-41-0

Jayasuriya into the attack, over the wicket

32.1

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, no run, flighted ball outside leg stump, batsman tries to turn but gets on the pads

32.2

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 2 runs, Run out missed! turned away to short fine leg, Arnold collects and fires in but way wide of Sangakkara, overthrow and they take an extra run

32.3

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, tossed up outside leg stump, turned away to square leg

32.4

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, glanced away behind square

32.5

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, no run

32.6

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, on the leg stump, flicked away to deep mid-wicket

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 145/3 (RR: 4.39)
PD Collingwood    33* (41b 3x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-5-0
IR Bell    28* (61b)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-12-0

33.1

Bandara to Collingwood, OUT, flighted and full length delivery on the off stump, Collingwood moves forward, drives uppishly and straight to Dilshan at cover, beaten by the flight, a very soft dismissal and yet another English batsman throwing away his wicket after getting a start

PD Collingwood c Dilshan b Bandara 33 (54m 42b 3x4 0x6) SR: 78.57

Dalrymple walks in

33.2

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run, full length ball outside off stump, driven to deep cover

33.3

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, fraction short outside off stump, batsman mistimes his cut shot to cover point, takes an easy single

3 men on the offside within the circle, mid-on and mid-wicket in place on the onside

33.4

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run, yorker length ball on the stumps, batsman digs it out

33.5

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run, pushed off the back-foot to offside

33.6

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run, short ball and bowled a bit slow this time, batsman drives uppishly but wide of Bandara to long-off

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 148/4 (RR: 4.35)
JWM Dalrymple    2* (4b)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-15-1
IR Bell    29* (62b)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-5-0

34.1

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run, full length ball on the leg stump, batsman tries to turn onside and gets the leading edge along the ground to offside

34.2

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run, defended on the front-foot to onside

34.3

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, swept away to deep square leg

34.4

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, length ball on the off stump, pushed on the front-foot to point

round the wicket

34.5

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, pushed back to the bowler

34.6

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, length ball on the off stump, driven back to the bowler

End of over 35 (1 run) England 149/4 (RR: 4.25)
IR Bell    29* (65b)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-6-0
JWM Dalrymple    3* (7b)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-15-1

35.1

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run, full length ball on the legs, flicked away to deep square leg, 150 comes up

35.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, driven on the front-foot to long-off

35.3

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run, flighted and full ball on the middle and leg stump, driven to long-on

35.4

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, driven to long-on on the front-foot

35.5

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run, swept away to short-fine leg

35.6

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run, beaten on the front-foot trying to drive

Thanks Gautham

End of over 36 (4 runs) England 153/4 (RR: 4.25)
JWM Dalrymple    5* (11b)      HMCM Bandara    5-0-19-1
IR Bell    31* (67b)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-6-0

36.1

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, uses his feet and drives to long on for a single

36.2

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, driven to long on for another single

36.3

Jayasuriya to Bell, FOUR, uses his feet and takes it on the full and plays to the midwicket fence, good shot, england looking to up the tempo

36.4

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run

36.5

Jayasuriya to Bell, 2 runs, cut away to deep point, comes back for the second run

36.6

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, turned away to square leg for a single

End of over 37 (9 runs) England 162/4 (RR: 4.37)
IR Bell    39* (72b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-15-0
JWM Dalrymple    6* (12b)      HMCM Bandara    5-0-19-1

37.1

Bandara to Bell, no run, tossed right up on the legs, looking to play to the on side, off the pad

37.2

Bandara to Bell, FOUR, spins wide and too short, cuts well behind point, ball races to the fence, well played, a welcome boundary

37.3

Bandara to Bell, no run, pushes to mid on

37.4

Bandara to Bell, no run, tossed up, plays it back to the bowler

37.5

Bandara to Bell, no run, turned away to midwicket, Jayawardene dives and makes a good stop

37.6

Bandara to Bell, no run, tossed right up in the block-hole, digs it out back down the track

Sri Lanka getting some quick overs in, with the spinners

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 166/4 (RR: 4.36)
IR Bell    43* (78b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    6-0-23-1
JWM Dalrymple    6* (12b)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-15-0

38.1

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run, pushes back down the track

38.2

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, driven to long on for a single

38.3

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, a full toss, Bell misses it, off the boot back down the track

38.4

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, driven to long off, one hand off the handle

38.5

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run, cuts to backward-point, cannot get the single

38.6

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 2 runs, on the legs, turned away behind square leg, comes quickly for the second run, good running

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 170/4 (RR: 4.35)
JWM Dalrymple    9* (16b)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-19-0
IR Bell    44* (80b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    6-0-23-1

39.1

Bandara to Bell, no run, flat delivery, pushes to backward-point

39.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, uses his feet and drives well down the ground to long on

39.3

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run, tossed right up outside the off stump, drives in the air, just short of Dilshan at short extra-cover

39.4

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run, full toss, driven to long on for a single

39.5

Bandara to Bell, no run, uses his feet and takes it on the full and drives it back

39.6

Bandara to Bell, no run, uses his feet once again, looking to drive over the fielder, plays it back to the bowler

End of over 40 (2 runs) England 172/4 (RR: 4.30)
IR Bell    45* (84b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    7-0-25-1
JWM Dalrymple    10* (18b)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-19-0

40.1

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, turned away to deep midwicket

40.2

Jayasuriya to Bell, 2 runs, takes it on the full and drives wide of long on for a single

40.3

Jayasuriya to Bell, 3 runs, well played, reverse sweeps well past the short thirdman to the deep, brings up Bell's 50

40.4

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run

40.5

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, turned away to Jayawardene at midwicket

40.6

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, tossed right up, driven down the ground to long on

9 Overs left, England will be looking to a score around 250

End of over 41 (8 runs) England 180/4 (RR: 4.39)
IR Bell    51* (88b 2x4)      ST Jayasuriya    5-0-27-0
JWM Dalrymple    12* (20b)      HMCM Bandara    7-0-25-1

41.1

Bandara to Bell, no run, keeps low outside the off stump, plays and misses

41.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, uses his feet and takes it on the full and drives to long on

41.3

Bandara to Dalrymple, SIX, good strike from Dalrymple, uses his feet and lofts it high and over the long off fence, wonderful shot, excellent follow through after he hit the shot.

41.4

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run, looks to reverse sweep, gets into a tangle, goes to the off side

41.5

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run, waits for the ball and cuts late to short thirdman for a single

41.6

Bandara to Bell, 2 runs, uses his feet well once again and takes it on the full and drives wide of long off, comes back for the second run, good running

End of over 42 (10 runs) England 190/4 (RR: 4.52)
IR Bell    54* (91b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    8-0-35-1
JWM Dalrymple    19* (23b 1x6)      ST Jayasuriya    5-0-27-0

With the batsmen now getting on top of the spinners, Jayawardene brings back Malinga

42.1

Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 run, fuller delivery, could not get under it well, drives to deep extra-cover, not a well timed shot

42.2

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, full and bit wide, pushes to the cover-point and takes a quick single, Dilshan running in cannot prevent the single

42.3

Malinga to Dalrymple, no run, makes room and looks to go wide of Jayawardene at extra-cover, but cannot get through him

42.4

Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 run, keeping it absolutely full, mistimes the shot to mid on

42.5

Malinga to Bell, no run, banged in short, Bell gets out of the way.

42.6

Malinga to Bell, no run, fuller delivery, drives it back well down the track, hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, deflects to extra-cover

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 193/4 (RR: 4.48)
IR Bell    55* (94b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-28-1
JWM Dalrymple    21* (26b 1x6)      HMCM Bandara    8-0-35-1

Another change, Vaas comes back into the attack

43.1

Vaas to Dalrymple, FOUR, drives well over the extra-cover to the fence, good strike from Dalrymple

43.2

Vaas to Dalrymple, FOUR, low full toss, hits it wide of extra-cover to the fence, good shot

coming round the wicket

43.3

Vaas to Dalrymple, 1 run, makes room and looks to play to the off side, runs it down to thirdman for a single

43.4

Vaas to Bell, 1 run, pushes to midwicket for a quick single, Jayawarden picks up the ball and has a shy at the stumps, misses it, that was a close thing

43.5

Vaas to Dalrymple, FOUR, full and bit wide outside off stump, drives, gets the edge to thirdman fence

43.6

Vaas to Dalrymple, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

15 runs in the over, good over for England

End of over 44 (15 runs) England 208/4 (RR: 4.72)
JWM Dalrymple    35* (31b 3x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    9-0-38-2
IR Bell    56* (95b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-28-1

44.1

Malinga to Dalrymple, OUT, Malinga picks up his second wicket, full and straight on the stumps, Dalrymple moves across to the off side and looks to lap it around, misses it completely, the ball knocks back the leg stump.

JWM Dalrymple b Malinga 35 (35m 32b 3x4 1x6) SR: 109.37

Geraint Jones is the new man in

44.2

Malinga to Jones, 1 run, fast and straight, Jones defends softly to the off side, gets off the mark

44.3

Malinga to Bell, 4 leg byes, full and on the legs, misses the tickle, brushes the pad and runs down to fine leg fence, a bad delivery from Malinga

44.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, wide outside the off stump, Bell cuts and misses, through to Sangakkara

44.5

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, full delivery, Bell looks to drive, gets a thickish inside edge, goes behind square leg, comes back for the second run, a bad throw from Bandara gets Bell the second run easily.

44.6

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, runs it down to thirdman for a single

End of over 45 (8 runs) England 216/5 (RR: 4.80)
IR Bell    59* (99b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-32-2
GO Jones    1* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    9-0-38-2

Fernando comes back for his 8th over, has been very expensive

45.1

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, pushes to long off for a single

45.2

Fernando to Jones, 1 run, good length delivery, Jones drives, gets the edge down to thirdman, fielded by Malinga

45.3

Fernando to Bell, no run, yorker length on the stumps, Bell makes room and looks to play through extra-cover, digs it out to the off side

45.4

Fernando to Bell, 2 runs, fuller delivery, hits it well this time, driven wide of long off for a couple of runs, Vaas runs around and does well

45.5

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, extra bounce outside the off stump, looking to play it over the fielders, gets the edge to thirdman.

It has been overcast through out today

45.6

Fernando to Jones, FOUR, full and on the legs, Jones makes room, Fernando follows him, plays it well past the short fine leg to the fence.

End of over 46 (9 runs) England 225/5 (RR: 4.89)
GO Jones    6* (3b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    8-0-50-0
IR Bell    63* (103b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-32-2

46.1

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, good shot, full and straight, Bell hits it well down the track to long on, comes back for the second run

46.2

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, full and straight, Bell makes room and drives well to deep extra-cover, Maharoof fields the ball

46.3

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, makes room and this time pulls to midwicket and takes off for a quick single, Jayasuriya standing at the edge of the inner circle.

46.4

Malinga to Jones, 1 run, pushes to the off side for a single

46.5

Malinga to Bell, FOUR, smashed over the extra-cover, full and straight, Bell makes room and drives well in the air over the fielder to the fence, good shot

46.6

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, full and straight, driven to Jayawardene at extra-cover, who picks up the ball and scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end, referred to third Umpire for a run out. NOT OUT flashes on the screen, there was a doubt whether the bat was grounded or not.

11 runs scored in the over, another good over for England.

End of over 47 (11 runs) England 236/5 (RR: 5.02)
IR Bell    73* (108b 3x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-43-2
GO Jones    7* (4b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    8-0-50-0

47.1

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, makes room and cuts to point, they take the single

47.2

Fernando to Jones, FOUR, well played, moves to the on side and waits for the ball and glides it down past the keeper to thirdman fence

47.3

Fernando to Jones, 2 runs, makes room again and drives to deep cover, Bandara dives across and makes a good stop.

47.4

Fernando to Jones, no run, short of length outside the off stump, this time Jones moves across to the off side and looks to play to the on side, misses it.

47.5

Fernando to Jones, 1 run, good length from Fernando, yorker dug out to the on side, they scamper through for a single

47.6

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, driven down the ground to long off for a single

9 runs in the over

End of over 48 (9 runs) England 245/5 (RR: 5.10)
IR Bell    75* (110b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    9-0-59-0
GO Jones    14* (8b 2x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-43-2

Two more overs to go, how much more can England get

48.1

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, full and straight, Bell makes room, gets the edge to short fine leg, well bowled Malinga

48.2

Malinga to Jones, FOUR, good ball and well played, on the yorker length, wonderfully dug out past the short fine leg to the fence.

48.3

Malinga to Jones, 1 run, moves across to the off side, dug out on the track, quick single taken

48.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, fuller delivery, driven hard straight back down the track, Malinga stops it well on his follow through

48.5

Malinga to Bell, no run, excellent delivery, keeping it full, misses the leg stump, goes to Sangakkara behind the stumps.

48.6

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, OUT, RUN OUT! full ball, Bell makes room and drives in the air to deep point, Maharoof quickly picks up the ball and throws it in to the striker's end, Sangakkara collects it and whips off the bails, referred to the third Umpire, OUT flashes on the screen, Bell is just short of the crease.

IR Bell run out 77 (155m 114b 3x4 0x6) SR: 67.54

End of over 49 (7 runs) England 252/6 (RR: 5.14)
     SL Malinga    10-0-50-2
GO Jones    19* (10b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    9-0-59-0

Louden is the new man in, it will be Jones to take strike

49.1

Fernando to Jones, 1 run, OUT, another RUN OUT! Louden goes, Jones drives to long off, goes for the second run, Dilshan quickly picks up the ball and throws to Fernando, who runs out Louden, he was a long way off the crease.

AGR Loudon run out 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Plunkett is the new man in

49.2

Fernando to Jones, 1 run, pushes to the off side for a single

49.3

Fernando to Plunkett, FOUR, full toss above knee, Plunkett does well to play to fine leg fence.

49.4

Fernando to Plunkett, 1 run, full and straight, Plunkett drives it back to Fernando, who half stops it, they take the single

49.5

Fernando to Jones, 1 run, full toss outside the off stump, moves across and pushes to long off, Dilshan fields the ball and fires in the throw

49.6

Fernando to Plunkett, 1 run, good length delivery, looks to go over the in field, gets an inside edge on to the pads, ball rolls away past the stumps to Sangakkara behind the wicket, they scamper through for a single, picks up the ball and has a shy at the stumps, misses it,

England end up on 261 in their 50 overs. The final 10 overs produced 89 runs. Early on, Sri Lanka picked up wickets at regular intervals to stem the flow of runs. It looked like they would not get to 250, but Bell along with Dalrymple and Collingwood turned it around. Jones also played well in the end. This is Binoy George signing off for the moment. Please join Gautham after the break at 14:00 GMT for the run chase.

End of over 50 (9 runs) England 261/7
LE Plunkett    6* (3b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    10-0-68-0
GO Jones    22* (13b 3x4)      SL Malinga    10-0-50-2
Series Results
England v Sri Lanka at Leeds - Jul 1, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at Manchester - Jun 28, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 33 runs
England v Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street - Jun 24, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 46 balls remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 20, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 46 runs
England v Sri Lanka at Lord's - Jun 17, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
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Jun 24, 2006

Mahela Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to a convincing win - and wrapped up the series, England v Sri Lanka, Chester-le-Street, June 24, 2006

Mahela Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to a convincing win - and wrapped up the series

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Jun 24, 2006

Alex Loudon in action, England v Sri Lanka, Chester-le-Street, June 24, 2006

Alex Loudon in action

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