ICC Champions Trophy - 8th match, Group A

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)

The Sri Lankan national anthem is on, time to make a cup of tea...phew we're done, God Save The Queen is reeled off and we're almost ready. The lights are on, a little gloomy and out come Alastair Cook and Ian Bell. With one of the new balls, Nuwan Kulasekara from the Vauxhall End...

12.50 A little windy out there and not conditions that Sri Lanka will be overly comfortable with, saying that I'm sure England will be wrapped up too. Can England warm the crowd with their batting? It will be interesting to see their tactics against Malinga especially.

Ryan: "Not having Tredwell is a bad move considering it is such a crucial match. I disagree with the selection today. Although utmost respect for Swann, I just think today was not the day for his selection." Cook did say Tredders was very unlucky, he's never let England down.

Tharaka: "They are leaving out Thisara Perera? Seriously? Am I the only one who thinks he's a better batsman than Thirimanne? He should have been left out instead."

Sharath: "Why did they drop Thisara? Would have been better if Thirimanne was dropped for Kulasekara. They have couple of useful allrounders anyway and Thirimanne at 6 or 7 is not worth it, better to go for Thisara i feel."

12.35 The wicket has a little grass on it and is a fresh pitch too so if any surface is going to favour the seam bowlers it is going to be this one you would have thought. Both teams have plenty of seam bowling to call on.

12.30 The captains are out in the middle, up goes the coin Angelo Mathews calls tails and calls correctly and Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bowl first. Only one change for Mathews' men with Nuawn Kulasekara coming in for Thisara Perera. Alastair Cook would also have bowled first, it's cloudy in south London, and Graeme Swann comes back into their side for James Tredwell.

12.25 BST Hello everyone, Alex Winter here, welcome to live coverage of England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, an England win sees them reach the semi-finals, a Sri Lanka win puts them back in the frame to qualify. Big afternoon coming up in SE11 and the toss is five minutes away...

0.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, full and it swings away a little from Cook through to the keeper as the batsman shoulders arms

0.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, length ball close enough to Cook's off stump for him to push off the back foot, gets it to cover

0.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, fullish ball on the stumps, Cook half-forward pushing to square leg

0.4

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, fuller again, just outside off, Cook shoulders arms

0.5

Kulasekara to Cook, FOUR, length ball in the slot for Cook to cut and he hammers it past backward point, very well timed

0.6

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, on middle and off this time, clipped to square leg

End of over 1 (4 runs) England 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
AN Cook    4* (6b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0
IR Bell    0* (0b)     

Nuwan: "They should really stick to the short version of the SL national anthem. We used to sing the short version at school every morning to save time." Lasith Malinga from the Pavilion End...

1.1

Malinga to Bell, no run, length ball just outside off stump, Bell shoulders arms

1.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, tighter line to off stump, Bell stays in the crease and dabs it into the covers, it just shape away a little

1.3

Malinga to Bell, no run, a little fuller, Bell forward on off stump and plays into the covers

1.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, shorter in length, Bell goes back and pushes into the covers

1.5

Malinga to Bell, no run, similar line, a touch fuller, played from just outside off stump into the covers again

1.6

Malinga to Bell, no run, fuller and a little wider, Bell forward to drive but gets it off the outer half of the bat to point

Good start for Malinga...

End of over 2 (maiden) England 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
IR Bell    0* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    4* (6b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, leg side delivery and Cook clips off the hip down to long leg

2.2

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, length ball strikes Bell's pad above the knee roll as he misses with a flick into the leg side

2.3

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, short and wide, cut hard but a fine diving save from Dilshan at backward point, great save but Bell missed out there

2.4

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, goes for the same stroke, the line is a little tighter to off stump, comes off a bit of an under-edge and runs wide of slip, but no single available

2.5

Kulasekara to Bell, 4 leg byes, full down the leg side, clips the bat past Sangakkara

2.6

Kulasekara to Bell, 1 run, length just outside off, Bell goes back and late cuts to third man

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
IR Bell    1* (11b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-6-0
AN Cook    5* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0

Pawan: "I'm a big fan of Ian Bell. Love his majestic aggression. Last few years he seems to finally have cemented a place in the top order. Hope he can convert all his promise into a great career for the years he has left."

3.1

Malinga to Bell, FOUR, this is a rather majestic stroke, just back of a length outside off and Bell back foot drives with good timing but it was in the air but in the gap wide of cover

3.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, off stump ball, Bell looks to flick to leg and finds midwicket

3.3

Malinga to Bell, FOUR, short and pulled hard from outside off, beats the dive of midwicket and four more, pretty well timed again, kept it down well too

3.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, back foot punch on the bounce to backward point from just outside off stump

3.5

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, slower ball yorker on leg stump, Bell watches it carefully and tucks it down to long leg

3.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, very full and just outside off, Cook pushes at it and gets beaten, well bowled, Cook beaten for pace it seemed

End of over 4 (9 runs) England 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
AN Cook    5* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-1-9-0
IR Bell    10* (16b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-6-0

Ali Hassan: "My fantasy league is ruined, first by Clarke, then by Warner and now by Perera." Oh dear...

4.1

Kulasekara to Bell, 1 run, tails in a little off a good length, Bell stays back and chops down to third man

The bails are being blown off...

4.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, off stump line, Cook stays in the crease and dabs it towards cover point

4.3

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 leg bye, leg stump now and it comes off the thigh pad wide of the keeper for a leg bye

4.4

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, plays forward to a good length ball just outside off, it runs off the inside edge into the pad, a little movement available

4.5

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, tighter line, tucked to midwicket standing tall

4.6

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, fuller length outside off, Bell a long way forward to drive, gets it off the inner half of the bat back up the wicket

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 21/0 (RR: 4.20)
IR Bell    11* (20b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-7-0
AN Cook    5* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-1-9-0

Dave: "Warner can ruin your fantasy team just by being in it. He probably saved you a few points by getting himself banned."

5.1

Malinga to Cook, no run, off stump on a good length, played forward into the covers

5.2

Malinga to Cook, 4 leg byes, length ball, it swings into the pads of Cook, a big appeal for lbw, is this too high? Billy Bowden says it did and Sri Lanka do not review, right call I think, Hawk Eye has it comfortably missing the bails, it runs off the pad past slip for four

5.3

Malinga to Cook, no run, similar delivery, Cook unsure on the crease and ends up getting an edge into the front pad, good line to Cook, especially if it's coming back in a little

5.4

Malinga to Cook, no run, much fuller on the stumps, played forward and pushed out to cover point

5.5

Malinga to Cook, no run, great yorker and Cook desperately jams down on it and just gets a bat down on it and runs it out into the covers, excellent delivery

5.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, full, swinging ball towards off stump, Cook forward and pushes it towards mid-off

Slowly increasing his threat Malinga...

End of over 6 (4 runs, maiden) England 25/0 (RR: 4.16)
AN Cook    5* (16b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-2-9-0
IR Bell    11* (20b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-7-0

6.1

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, back of a length ball outside off, Bell forces it into the covers but finds the fielder, missed out again with a wider ball

6.2

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, full on off stump, firmly pushed back to the bowler

6.3

Kulasekara to Bell, 1 run, gets this back foot push into the gap for a single but Perera slides and saves at least a second

6.4

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, middle and leg line, clipped to square leg from the crease

6.5

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, well bowled, full of length, sliding across Cook who pushes at it and gets beaten

6.6

Kulasekara to Cook, 3 runs, but can't follow it up and lets Cook whip him through midwicket from a fuller ball on middle and leg, it's just pulled up before the rope

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 29/0 (RR: 4.14)
AN Cook    8* (19b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-11-0
IR Bell    12* (23b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-2-9-0

Still Malinga...

7.1

Malinga to Cook, no run, off stump ball, pushed forward towards mid-off

7.2

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, very full on off stump, Cook pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge down to third man

Short extra-cover goes in...

7.3

Malinga to Bell, no run, oh fine delivery, Bell drives on the front foot on off stump and gets beaten by one that nibbled away, lovely

7.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, a touch shorter in length and blocked back up the wicket

7.5

Malinga to Bell, no run, full but well wide of off stump, ignored, just inside the guide lines so Bowden allows the delivery to stand

7.6

Malinga to Bell, no run, forward and driven from off stump, runs off a thick inside edge to square leg

Another cheap Malinga over, England trying to see him off perhaps...

End of over 8 (1 run) England 30/0 (RR: 3.75)
IR Bell    12* (27b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-2-10-0
AN Cook    9* (21b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-11-0

8.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, forward driving to mid-off from a full of length ball just outside off stump

8.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, full on the stumps, driven powerfully back past the bowler but the stumps save four

8.3

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, tucked wide of mid-on and they get a quick single

8.4

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, pushed firmly to cover

8.5

Kulasekara to Bell, no run, forward just outside off stump, dropped into the covers

8.6

Kulasekara to Bell, 2 runs, full ball on the stumps, Bell tries to swing it down the ground and nearly finds mid-on, the diving fielder can't get there and it squirms away from him for a couple

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 33/0 (RR: 3.66)
IR Bell    14* (30b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-14-0
AN Cook    10* (24b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-2-10-0

First change and Shaminda Eranga comes on for Malinga from the Vauxhall End...

9.1

Eranga to Cook, no run, full and length but well wide of off stump and ignored

9.2

Eranga to Cook, no run, tighter line, back of a length, tucked to square leg

9.3

Eranga to Cook, 1 run, full and wide of off stump, Cook goes forward to drive and doesn't time it, gets a toe-end perhaps down to third man, looked a bit ungainly

9.4

Eranga to Bell, no run, length ball, angled in to off stump, tucked to midwicket

9.5

Eranga to Bell, FOUR, full and well wide of off stump, Bell gets down on one knee and drives over the covers for four, got it a little low on the bat but timed it pretty well and into the gap

9.6

Eranga to Bell, no run, much tighter line and played towards mid-on

End of over 10 (5 runs) England 38/0 (RR: 3.80)
IR Bell    18* (33b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    1-0-5-0
AN Cook    11* (27b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-14-0

Double change as Angelo Mathews enters the attack...

10.1

Mathews to Cook, FOUR, poor ball, short on the stumps and Cook lifts it over square leg, totally the wrong length

10.2

Mathews to Cook, no run, full just outside off, Cook drives to Malinga's left at mid-on, he's a bit deep so they might have got a single but declined the opportunity

10.3

Mathews to Cook, 2 runs, driven from full and wide of off stump through the covers, a sweeper has gone out but they'll get two as he runs to his left

10.4

Mathews to Cook, 1 run, off stump line, pushed wide of mid-on from a good length and they get a single

10.5

Mathews to Bell, no run, length on off stump, dabbed down towards point

10.6

Mathews to Bell, 2 runs, short and pulled with a roll of the wrists wide of long leg so they get another couple

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 47/0 (RR: 4.27)
IR Bell    20* (35b 3x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-9-0
AN Cook    18* (31b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    1-0-5-0

11.1

Eranga to Cook, 1 run, short and cut hard to the cover point sweeper, a very poor return and Sangakkara had to scramble hard to save an overthrow

11.2

Eranga to Bell, no run, back of a length around off stump, dabbed into the covers

11.3

Eranga to Bell, OUT, full ball on the stumps and chipped straight to midwicket. A very poor stroke, had the whole of the on side to play into and finds the man, Bell should be very disappointed, it was a poor delivery really, drifting into the pads on a full length to be whipped away but Bell has picked out the fielder

IR Bell c Perera b Eranga 20 (48m 37b 3x4 0x6) SR: 54.05

11.4

Eranga to Trott, 1 wide, another poor ball but this time he concedes a wide

11.4

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, length just outside off and dab down to third man, 50 comes up

11.5

Eranga to Cook, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed firmly through the covers, a sweeper is in place

11.6

Eranga to Trott, no run, a decent short ball, well-directed and Trott sways inside the line

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 51/1 (RR: 4.25)
IJL Trott    1* (2b)      RMS Eranga    2-0-9-1
AN Cook    20* (33b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-9-0

BJ: "It pains me seeing Bell re-assume his role of 'Throwing away a start'. Thought he got over that with his last couple knocks."

12.1

Mathews to Cook, no run, full just outside off, pushed up on the off side

12.2

Mathews to Cook, no run, a touch wider and played out to backward point where there's a decent save

12.3

Mathews to Cook, no run, taken from off stump on a decent length and clipped into the off side

12.4

Mathews to Cook, no run, full length just outside off stump, played forward and gets it to point again

12.5

Mathews to Cook, 1 run, drives at this, a touch fuller, and plays with the angle past point to the sweeper

12.6

Mathews to Trott, 1 run, straight line on a decent length, this is how to do it Belly says Trott and flicks through square leg

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 53/1 (RR: 4.07)
IJL Trott    2* (3b)      AD Mathews    2-0-11-0
AN Cook    21* (38b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-9-1

13.1

Eranga to Trott, no run, bumper, Trott stays inside the line and plays it comfortably

13.2

Eranga to Trott, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, cut to backward point

13.3

Eranga to Trott, 2 runs, full on the leg stump, clipped down to long leg and Kulasekara races to his right, slides and save, excellent work

13.4

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, length ball just outside off stump, Trott opens the face and guides it to third man, they push hard for two but Trott decides against it

13.5

Eranga to Cook, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, blocked into midwicket off the inner half of bat

13.6

Eranga to Cook, 1 run, back of a length just outside off stump, pulled and gets it to the deep square leg

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 57/1 (RR: 4.07)
AN Cook    22* (40b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    3-0-13-1
IJL Trott    5* (7b)      AD Mathews    2-0-11-0

James: "Is it just me who thinks Cook is a bit out of nick? Seems to be missing out on a number of opportunities." He's just not timing it today, I reckon the pitch is a little slow...

14.1

Mathews to Cook, 1 run, length outside off and driven out to deep cover point

14.2

Mathews to Trott, FOUR, full ball on the stumps and Trott times it perfectly between midwicket and mid-on, don't bowl there to Trott, excellent timing

14.3

Mathews to Trott, 1 run, and again, this time it's a touch more middle and leg so Trott plays out to deep square leg, you won't earn a living bowling on Trott's pads

14.4

Mathews to Cook, no run, full and wide and left alone outside off stump

14.5

Mathews to Cook, no run, length ball just outside off, pushed forward into the covers

14.6

Mathews to Cook, no run, cut hard outside off and dropped at backward point by a diving Dilshan who threw through the air and got a solid two hands to the chance but couldn't hang on, in the end you would have to say he should have held that

End of over 15 (6 runs) England 63/1 (RR: 4.20)
AN Cook    23* (44b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-17-0
IJL Trott    10* (9b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    3-0-13-1

Ray: "Any team that chooses Jonathan Trott in any limited overs format does not take that competition seriously" You have watched England play ODI cricket over the past two years!?

15.1

Eranga to Trott, no run, length outside off stump, too close to cut and Trott gets beaten outside the off stump

15.2

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, just tries to dab this and does it successfully down to third man

15.3

Eranga to Cook, 1 run, length ball outside the left-hander's off stump this time, goes to cut but doesn't time it, gets it backward of point

15.4

Eranga to Trott, 2 runs, back of a length outside off stump, cut hard into the ground and the deep cover point has to run to his right to field and they get two

15.5

Eranga to Trott, 2 runs, straighter line and flicked through midwicket for another couple

15.6

Eranga to Trott, no run, poor stroke, a bit of a waft outside off to a length ball that wasn't at all there to drive, very un-Trott

Time for a beverage and Monty's coming in...

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 69/1 (RR: 4.31)
IJL Trott    15* (14b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    4-0-19-1
AN Cook    24* (45b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-17-0

Afternoon, England's platform is steadily being erected in south London. Mathews to continue

16.1

Mathews to Cook, no run, back of a length outside off stump, punched into the covers standing tall

"Didn't take long for the Trott detractors to raise their ill-informed heads," says Precio. "He is statistically our most important batsman!" Oh, we're having this conversation again, are we?

16.2

Mathews to Cook, 2 runs, on the pads, not a clean connection but works it past mid-on and they pick up a comfortable two

16.3

Mathews to Cook, no run, pitched up outside off, gets half forward and drives, comes off the bottom of the bat towards mid-off

16.4

Mathews to Cook, 1 run, touch short, stays back and steers a single to third man

16.5

Mathews to Trott, no run, full and in the channel, punched on the front foot straight to short cover

16.6

Mathews to Trott, 1 run, line and length outside off, opens the face for one more to third man

Here's Daniel: "Trott averages 52 with a S/R of 76. Jayawardene averages 33 with a S/R of 78. Sangakkara averages 39 with a S/R of 76."

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 73/1 (RR: 4.29)
IJL Trott    16* (16b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-21-0
AN Cook    27* (49b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    4-0-19-1

17.1

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, short of a length and there's width for Trott to chop into the ground through point out to the sweeper

17.2

Eranga to Cook, 1 run, angled across, touch short and dabbed through square for another single

17.3

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, goes across and tickles one off a length wide of mid-on

17.4

Eranga to Cook, 3 runs, on the pads, length delivery and whipped past mid-on and out towards deep midwicket, picks the gap well and they pick up three

17.5

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, in the channel, waits on it and deflects to third man

17.6

Eranga to Cook, no run, pitched up, tight line around off stump, defended into the ground and Eranga fields in his follow through

"England need to be careful that their run rate is not to low. If game becomes a reduced-overs affair then advantage Sri Lanka I would suspect...." Duncan is already grizzling about potential drizzling

End of over 18 (7 runs) England 80/1 (RR: 4.44)
AN Cook    31* (52b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    5-0-26-1
IJL Trott    19* (19b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-21-0

First sign of spin, Rangana Herath tuk-tukking to the crease...

18.1

Herath to Trott, no run, tossed up outside off, gets forward and pushes into the covers

18.2

Herath to Trott, 1 run, drops a little short, Trott waits on it and carves through cover point for a single

18.3

Herath to Cook, no run, over the wicket to Cook, spinning in and tapped back to the bowler

18.4

Herath to Cook, 2 runs, floated up outside off, Cook goes down on one knee and sweeps, slightly awkward execution and he's off balance but picks up a couple

18.5

Herath to Cook, 1 run, pushed through on the stumps, sits back and clips on through square leg

18.6

Herath to Trott, no run, full and dipping, straightening a foot outside off, tapped defensively square

"Jayawardene 392 matches, Sangakkara 341 matches, Trott 61 matches and he is 32 years old, don't think you can compare." Albert has got his ruler out

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 84/1 (RR: 4.42)
IJL Trott    20* (22b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    34* (55b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    5-0-26-1

Kulasekara replaces the wicket-taker Eranga

19.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, angled across, slightly short of a length and chopped off the back foot towards point

19.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, around off stump, good length, fails to time the ball back towards mid-off

19.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, pushed through on a length outside off stump, cut into the ground, again picks out point

19.4

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, Cook walks across his stumps as Kulasekara comes in, works the ball through midwicket

19.5

Kulasekara to Trott, no run, length delivery in the corridor outside off, tapped back

19.6

Kulasekara to Trott, no run, a run-out chance but it needed a direct hit from Dilshan! It was a fullish delivery outside off, Trott chopped down on it and the ball skittered into the gully region, Cook sent his partner back and he was scrambling, diving, probably wouldn't have made it

End of over 20 (1 run) England 85/1 (RR: 4.25)
IJL Trott    20* (24b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-15-0
AN Cook    35* (59b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-4-0

20.1

Herath to Cook, 1 run, Cook moving around his crease again, gets forward and across to hoick through midwicket

20.2

Herath to Trott, 1 run, reverses the hands and gets outside the line of off, gets a bottom edge on the paddle past Sanga, I think, though leg byes are signalled

20.3

Herath to Cook, 1 leg bye, Herath is very excited by this lbw appeal but Cook had planted his front foot well outside off, swept across the line and misses but the umpire rightly wasn't interested

20.4

Herath to Trott, 1 run, floated up and pinged through point to the sweeper

20.5

Herath to Cook, 1 run, tossed up around off stump, played with the turn through square leg

20.6

Herath to Trott, 1 run, gets forward and works a single out towards long-on

End of over 21 (6 runs) England 91/1 (RR: 4.33)
IJL Trott    23* (27b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-9-0
AN Cook    37* (62b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-15-0

21.1

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, good bumper from Kulasekara, gets up deceptively quickly at Trott as he comes forward, hooks in front of his eyes and the ball loops off the shoulder of the bat through leg gully

21.2

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, on the stumps, turned through the leg side

21.3

Kulasekara to Trott, no run, gets forward and blocks to off

21.4

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, an ungainly bit of work, this, from Trott, again showing his intent by walking out at Kula, hurried into pulling and it comes off the splice towards mid-on, who hits at the non-striker's end but Trott had made his ground

21.5

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, walks across and flicks a length ball behind square on the leg side

21.6

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, on the stumps, closes the face and steers another single to fine leg

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 96/1 (RR: 4.36)
IJL Trott    26* (31b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-20-0
AN Cook    39* (64b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-9-0

"Why don't we just accept Trott, Mahela and Sanga are all exceptionally good batsmen in the role they are ascribed?" declares Chris, the peacemaker, before sparking off another scuffle. "What is more interesting is who will win the Buttler vs. Malinga battle."

22.1

Herath to Trott, no run, looped up outside off, leans forward and taps into the covers

22.2

Herath to Trott, 1 run, gets forward, pushed back down the ground

22.3

Herath to Cook, 1 run, worked off the pads into a gap at square leg, they think about a second but decide against

22.4

Herath to Trott, 1 run, full and flighted on middle and leg, comes forward and punches to long-on

22.5

Herath to Cook, 1 run, quicker delivery around the line of off, Cook gets down low to play a controlled sweep through square leg and bring up the 100 for England

22.6

Herath to Trott, no run, goes across his stumps and taps a full ball towards midwicket

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 100/1 (RR: 4.34)
IJL Trott    28* (35b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-13-0
AN Cook    41* (66b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-20-0

Another bowling change, Tillakaratne Dilshan on after a single over from Kula Shaker. "I know all these things are relative, but 4.36 does actually look a fairly attacking run rate for this pair, at this stage," whispers MB40

23.1

Dilshan to Cook, FOUR, skidded through outside off, Cook hangs back and plays a delicate, forceful late cut past short third man for a boundary, first in nine overs

23.2

Dilshan to Cook, 2 runs, short and wide this time and muscled off the back foot in front of square

23.3

Dilshan to Cook, no run, still pitching a touch short, cracked hard into the ground towards point where Jayawardene takes off superbly to prevent any damage

23.4

Dilshan to Cook, no run, gets forward to a full ball, played back towards mid-off

23.5

Dilshan to Cook, 2 runs, pre-meditated lap stroke from Cook, inventive stuff, getting down low outside off and flicking the ball to fine leg

23.6

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, on the stumps, worked through midiwcket - and that's the captain's half-century

End of over 24 (9 runs) England 109/1 (RR: 4.54)
AN Cook    50* (72b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-9-0
IJL Trott    28* (35b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-13-0

24.1

Herath to Cook, 1 run, played back past the bowler for a single

24.2

Herath to Trott, 1 run, full and punched to long-on coming forward

24.3

Herath to Cook, 1 run, gets across his stumps and sweeps through square leg

24.4

Herath to Trott, 1 run, the arm ball from Herath nearly inveigles its way through Trott's defence, gets an inside edge past his stumps

24.5

Herath to Cook, 1 run, on the stumps, worked into the leg side for another single, these two rotating the strike well

24.6

Herath to Trott, 1 run, flatter, around off stump, comes forward and knocks one to long-on again

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 115/1 (RR: 4.60)
IJL Trott    31* (38b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-19-0
AN Cook    53* (75b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-9-0

25.1

Dilshan to Trott, FOUR, cheeky from Trott, plays a fine reverse sweep, using the pace of Dilshan's skiddy offbreaks to pick up another boundary

25.2

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, pushed through on the stumps, glanced through square to the man in the deep

"Waiting to watch if Root can pack a punch!!He has been taking a few recently! ;)" chirrups Sachin Taware

25.3

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, round the wicket, tossed up on off stump, gets forward to clip through mid-on

25.4

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, back over the wicket, length ball outside off, tapped through point

25.5

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, dabs one short into the leg side

25.6

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, off-stump line, pushed through, Trott waits and clips off his pads

"Herath is allowing singles which helps Eng to rotate strike in turns reduce the pressure." And now Dilshan is doing it too, Chucky

End of over 26 (9 runs) England 124/1 (RR: 4.76)
IJL Trott    38* (42b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-18-0
AN Cook    55* (77b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-19-0

26.1

Herath to Trott, no run, tossed up around off stump, good flight and blocked back to the bowler

26.2

Herath to Trott, no run, full and dipping around off stump, Trott drives but again sends it straight back to the bowler

26.3

Herath to Trott, 1 run, flatter trajectory, goes across and clips the ball through square for one

26.4

Herath to Cook, 1 run, over the wicket, tossed up, punched back past the bowler to long-on

26.5

Herath to Trott, no run, tight line around off, leans forward and blocks towards point

26.6

Herath to Trott, no run, a little quicker, on off stump, Trott chops the ball into the ground towards midwicket, who field - a better over from Herath, just two singles off it

"I'm not sure why anyone would feel like England aren't batting quickly enough?" says Brian, scratching his chin. "They look on track for 280... seems like a decent score to me?"

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 126/1 (RR: 4.66)
IJL Trott    39* (47b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-21-0
AN Cook    56* (78b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-18-0

Dilshan continues, despite an expensive start...

27.1

Dilshan to Cook, no run, full and around off from round the wicket, sweeps but picks out backward square

27.2

Dilshan to Cook, no run, dropped, another chance spurned by Dilshan, of all people, this time off his own bowling, Cook advanced and chipped the ball back, wide of the bowler but he moved to his right, got to the flight ... and finger-tipped it away

27.3

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, gets forward and takes one in front of square on the off side

27.4

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, Trott punches back past the bowler and Dilshan, in trying to collect, sort of rugby tackles Cook in slow motion. He extricates himself from underneath and they get a run after all

27.5

Dilshan to Cook, no run, driven, played back to the bowler

27.6

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, tossed up, gets forward and steers a single through the covers

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 129/1 (RR: 4.60)
AN Cook    58* (83b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-21-0
IJL Trott    40* (48b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-21-0

28.1

Herath to Cook, 1 run, on the stumps, played through square leg

28.2

Herath to Trott, 1 run, length ball, stands up and plays the ball back to long-on, Herath this time bumps into Cook

28.3

Herath to Cook, OUT, attempts the sweep, playing across the line and hit on the front pad, Dar gives it - but Cook decides to review. Although you could see middle and leg stump this looked in line and Hawk Eye confirms as much, not much turn but it beat the pad and the impact was level with off stump, the decision stands and England's captain is gone, taking their review with him

AN Cook lbw b Herath 59 (116m 85b 3x4 0x6) SR: 69.41

In comes Joe Root. Don't worry, he's not wearing a comedy wig

28.4

Herath to Root, 1 run, gets forward, plays away from his front pad and squeezes out a single through backward square via an inside edge

28.5

Herath to Trott, 1 run, Trott waits and plays his get-out shot down the ground to long-on again

28.6

Herath to Root, 1 run, angled in around leg stump, clipped off the back foot through square leg

A useful breakthrough for Sri Lanka, though England might view it as expediting their cause too...

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 134/2 (RR: 4.62)
JE Root    2* (2b)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-26-1
IJL Trott    42* (50b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-21-0

Here's James: "Another plumb LBW referred. Honestly what are they thinking? Back to DRS school Cooky..."

29.1

Dilshan to Root, 1 run, tossed up and worked off the pads through square leg

29.2

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, length, on the stumps, played back on the leg side

29.3

Dilshan to Root, 2 runs, drops a touch short, Root hops into position, puts his dukes up pulls in front of deep midwicket for a couple

29.4

Dilshan to Root, 1 run, gets forward to a length ball and punched back past the bowler to long-on

29.5

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, full and on the stumps, you know what Trott has done with it, don't you (clue: on long)

29.6

Dilshan to Root, 2 runs, changes the angle, round the wicket, Root nudges into a gap off his pads and they get back for two

End of over 30 (8 runs) England 142/2 (RR: 4.73)
JE Root    8* (6b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-29-0
IJL Trott    44* (52b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-26-1

30.1

Herath to Trott, no run, floated up and worked back, Herath gets across to field off his own bowling

30.2

Herath to Trott, 1 run, touch short and wide of the off stump, hangs back and whips through midwicket to the sweeper

30.3

Herath to Root, 1 run, Root continues to be very active in the crease, drops back and gives himself room to cut through point

30.4

Herath to Trott, 1 run, floated up very full, jams the bat down for a single through cover-point

30.5

Herath to Root, 1 run, pushes forward, gets an inside edge to backward square leg, they think about taking tow but Sangakkara scampers across to collect

30.6

Herath to Trott, no run, floated up, waits and dabs short on the off side

"Ironical that India seems to be using DRS better than other countries in this tournament," muses Huzaifa Alotwala. Do you think that will persuade them of its benefits? Answers on a postcard to BCCI HQ

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 146/2 (RR: 4.70)
IJL Trott    46* (56b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-30-1
JE Root    10* (8b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-29-0

With England milking the spinners, Mathews brings himself back on

31.1

Mathews to Root, no run, slightly short, around middle and off, nudged to midwicket

31.2

Mathews to Root, no run, hangs back in the crease and defends a length ball towards point

31.3

Mathews to Root, 1 run, back of a length, plays cross-batted into the ground, short of cover and they steal a single

Malinga is doing some air cycling while lying on his back in the outfield. Bored? Or preparing for another spell

31.4

Mathews to Trott, no run, length delivery, walks into it outside off and nudges to midwicket

31.5

Mathews to Trott, 1 run, gets right across his stumps and clips through square leg, into a gap for a couple

31.6

Mathews to Trott, no run, tight line, length ball on off, gets forward and shows it a straight bat in defence

And Bowden is signalling to the scorers that Trott was one short just then

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 148/2 (RR: 4.62)
IJL Trott    47* (59b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-23-0
JE Root    11* (11b)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-30-1

32.1

Herath to Root, 2 runs, skips forward and picks a gap through the covers, wants two from the moment he sets off - and gets them

32.2

Herath to Root, 1 run, gets forward and dabs one into the off side

32.3

Herath to Trott, 1 run, pushed through on off stump, Trott waits and punches one through mid-on off the back foot

32.4

Herath to Root, 1 run, tossed up, punched on the front foot to the cover sweeper

32.5

Herath to Trott, 1 run, played back down the ground to long-on

32.6

Herath to Root, 1 run, wheels away outside off, Root dances forward and punches another single through cover

End of over 33 (7 runs) England 155/2 (RR: 4.69)
JE Root    16* (15b)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-37-1
IJL Trott    49* (61b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-23-0

33.1

Mathews to Root, 2 runs, dug in short and Root pulls in the air, in front of deep midwicket, who moves to his left but fails to collect the ball cleanly first time - Mathews gives Perera a glare

33.2

Mathews to Root, 1 run, sits back and dabs a length ball behind point for another single - Root lighting England up like a dynamo here

33.3

Mathews to Trott, no run, fullish, outside off, punched to a fielder in the covers

33.4

Mathews to Trott, 1 run, length ball, comes forward outside off and works a single to long-on - that's Trott's fifty up too

33.5

Mathews to Root, 1 run, good line and length, Root opens his stance and steers a single to third man

33.6

Mathews to Trott, no run, full and straight and driven back to the bowler

England continue to play their own tune but they'll need a burst of drums soon. Drinks are on the field, Alex is on the keyboard

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 160/2 (RR: 4.70)
IJL Trott    50* (64b 2x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-28-0
JE Root    20* (18b)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-37-1

Cheers Monty, England have trotted (wahey!) along nicely and once again, have a nice platform to work with in these final 16 overs. Powerplay to come too...

34.1

Herath to Root, 2 runs, a little short and Root goes back in the crease and pulls hard wide of deep backward square for a couple

34.2

Herath to Root, 1 run, back in the crease again, clipped through midwicket

34.3

Herath to Trott, no run, Trott forward, reaches outside off to guide to short third man

34.4

Herath to Trott, 1 run, full on the stumps, pushed down to long on

34.5

Herath to Root, no run, back and chopped a length ball to point

34.6

Herath to Root, no run, pushed back to the bowler from the stumps

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 164/2 (RR: 4.68)
JE Root    23* (22b)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-41-1
IJL Trott    51* (66b 2x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-28-0

And now the Powerplay and, as expected, Lasith Malinga comes back from the Vauxhall End...

35.1

Malinga to Trott, no run, length ball on off stump, Trott forward and pushes to point

35.2

Malinga to Trott, no run, length ball just outside off, Trott shaped to play it to leg but ended up clipped back to the bowler from a foot and a half outside off

35.3

Malinga to Trott, 2 runs, width to work with, drives a length ball past point and they get two as the sweeper goes to his left

35.4

Malinga to Trott, FOUR, middle and leg half-volley and Trott clips over midwicket, really well timed, a poor delivery

35.5

Malinga to Trott, no run, length ball just outside off stump, played forward and dropped towards point, they turn down the single

35.6

Malinga to Trott, 1 run, length just outside off stump, guided down to third man

End of over 36 (7 runs) England 171/2 (RR: 4.75)
IJL Trott    58* (72b 3x4)      SL Malinga    5-2-17-0
JE Root    23* (22b)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-41-1

England will probably look to add another hundred from here. Shaminda Eranga from the Pavilion End...

36.1

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, full toss on middle stump, tucked into midwicket and a parrying saves at least a second run

36.2

Eranga to Root, no run, very full outside off but Root's drive goes straight to backward point, missed out there

36.3

Eranga to Root, FOUR, down across the off stump and ramps it from a straight line over short long leg, super execution, very brave too

36.4

Eranga to Root, 1 run, full and well wide outside off stump, Root has to lean right out to driven and gets it to deep cover, would have been wide if he would have left it

36.5

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, full ball on off stump, pushed to mid-on whose on the edge of the circle and they get a quick single

36.6

Eranga to Root, no run, goes to ramp again but it was a better length and Root can only get it off the toe, having adjusted slightly to playing with a more straight bat, towards the keeper

End of over 37 (7 runs) England 178/2 (RR: 4.81)
JE Root    28* (26b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    6-0-33-1
IJL Trott    60* (74b 3x4)      SL Malinga    5-2-17-0

37.1

Malinga to Trott, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, Trott opens the face and runs it down to third man

Malinga aborts his run up...

37.2

Malinga to Root, 2 runs, slower ball, 73mph, ends up a full toss on off stump, Root opens the face and guides wide of third man for a couple

37.3

Malinga to Root, 1 run, a step to leg and pulled from just outside off, drags it on a couple of bounces to deep square leg

37.4

Malinga to Trott, 1 wide, leg side wide

37.4

Malinga to Trott, 1 run, length ball around off stump, Trott pushes forward and plays it towards mid-on, they take on the fielder and get home very comfortably for the single

37.5

Malinga to Root, no run, low full toss on off stump, slower again at 73mph, Root gets it off the toe to midwicket

37.6

Malinga to Root, 2 runs, another pull aimed into the leg side but it squirts off the toe of the bat through cover! Bizarre but runs away from the fielders at such a pace that they get a couple

End of over 38 (8 runs) England 186/2 (RR: 4.89)
JE Root    33* (30b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-2-25-0
IJL Trott    62* (76b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    6-0-33-1

38.1

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, full toss wide of off stump, Trott leans out to it and guides it down to third man

38.2

Eranga to Root, 1 run, another wide full ball, Root reaches out and gets a bottom edge towards point and they get a quick single

38.3

Eranga to Trott, FOUR, full ball just outside off stump, Root drives and opens the face to get it past extra cover, it's timed so well and beats Jayawardene's dive at deep cover, what timing from Trott

38.4

Eranga to Trott, no run, in the slot again but this time finds the bowler, it was a touch fuller

38.5

Eranga to Trott, 1 wide, full and wide of off stump, too wide, just on the guideline though but they are, by definition, only a guide

38.5

Eranga to Trott, 1 run, full and wide of off again, this time driven out to deep cover

38.6

Eranga to Root, 1 run, very full on off stump, driven out to deep cover opening the face, quite wristily played

End of over 39 (9 runs) England 195/2 (RR: 5.00)
JE Root    35* (32b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    7-0-42-1
IJL Trott    68* (80b 4x4)      SL Malinga    6-2-25-0

39.1

Malinga to Root, 2 runs, slower ball at 67mph, wide of off stump, Root swings wildly at it and it comes off a huge outside edge but loops out of the reach of point, Dilshan got to it but couldn't hold on with a dive

39.2

Malinga to Root, 1 run, length outside off, guided down to third man

39.3

Malinga to Trott, 1 run, length ball again around off stump, guided again behind square on the off side

39.4

Malinga to Root, 1 run, another slower ball, 73mph, Root stays leg side of it and guides down once again to third man

That brings the 200 up...

39.5

Malinga to Trott, no run, length ball, slapped with a bounce to mid-on

39.6

Malinga to Trott, 1 run, length on off stump, opens the face and guides to third man

End of over 40 (6 runs) England 201/2 (RR: 5.02)
IJL Trott    70* (83b 4x4)      SL Malinga    7-2-31-0
JE Root    39* (35b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    7-0-42-1

Santosh: "no flashy stuff, just rotating strike with occasional boundaries, I like Root and Trott's patient approach, seems pretty effective." It sure is, 37 for 0 in the Powerplay, England have a superb platform once again, 10 overs to go and back comes Kulasekara...

40.1

Kulasekara to Trott, FOUR, taken from a length on the stumps and short-arm jabbed over midwicket, superbly timed, brilliant stroke

40.2

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, full just outside off and again the timing is perfect, gets this only to deep cover

40.3

Kulasekara to Root, no run, slower ball outside off stump, 65mph, Root tries to cut and misses

40.4

Kulasekara to Root, FOUR, oh dear, a full toss outside off, slower again at 60mph, Root saw it early and whacked it over midwicket

40.5

Kulasekara to Root, 2 runs, down the track and carves out to deep cover, they charge back for a second, top running, England upping the tempo

40.6

Kulasekara to Root, 1 run, driven out to the same fielder, a little closer to the deep cover this time though and just the single

End of over 41 (12 runs) England 213/2 (RR: 5.19)
JE Root    46* (39b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-32-0
IJL Trott    75* (85b 5x4)      SL Malinga    7-2-31-0

England just nudging things along nicely. Herath returns, a good move for me, asking the batsman to force to pace...

41.1

Herath to Root, no run, full on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

41.2

Herath to Root, 1 run, down the track, gets outside it and runs it down to long off

41.3

Herath to Trott, 1 run, leg stump, flicked to deep backward square leg

41.4

Herath to Root, 2 runs, off stump, driven past extra cover that enables them to take two as long off comes to his left

41.5

Herath to Root, 1 run, full on the stumps, Root swings it out to deep midwicket with a sweep, goes to 50 in 43 balls, good effort

41.6

Herath to Trott, OUT, full on the stumps, Trott sweeps and misses and is given out lbw straight away by Billy Bowden, it was too full to sweep really and looked pretty straight. Only things against the call would have been if it was sliding down but I doubt it, caught almost full on the boot

IJL Trott lbw b Herath 76 (122m 87b 5x4 0x6) SR: 87.35

End of over 42 (5 runs) England 218/3 (RR: 5.19)
     HMRKB Herath    10-0-46-2
JE Root    50* (43b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-32-0

42.1

Kulasekara to Root, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked back up the wicket

Hawk Eye has Trott stone dead...

42.2

Kulasekara to Root, 1 run, a touch fuller, flicked down to long on

42.3

Kulasekara to Morgan, 1 run, full just outside off, Morgan is back and slashing down to third man

42.4

Kulasekara to Root, no run, full on the stumps, dug out back to the bowler

42.5

Kulasekara to Root, FOUR, full on the stumps again, Root goes for the reverse paddle and connects well to fine third man, brilliantly picked up

42.6

Kulasekara to Root, 1 run, full toss on the stumps, a leading edge loops over the bowler's head and they take a quick single before extra cover can get in

End of over 43 (7 runs) England 225/3 (RR: 5.23)
JE Root    56* (48b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-39-0
EJG Morgan    1* (1b)      HMRKB Herath    10-0-46-2

Tom,: "Given the match state, England could / should have promoted Buttler (destructive, in-form) up the order ahead of Morgan." I dunno, Morgan can be just as blistering...

43.1

Malinga to Root, 1 run, slower ball, slugged into the leg side, straight up, Sangakkara, drops it!

43.2

Malinga to Morgan, 2 runs, full outside the off stump, played carefully through the covers, ran wide of the sweeper so they get two

Billy Bowden has lost his hat...

43.3

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, ran steadily out to the cover sweeper again from just outside off

43.4

Malinga to Root, FOUR, there's no cover sweeper for Root though and he gets four by cracking a slower ball on off stump through cover point, well timed and it races over the square

43.5

Malinga to Root, no run, very full, fast yorker just outside off and goes through to the keeper

43.6

Malinga to Root, FOUR, four more through the covers, you can't bowl off stump to a good player with no cover on the off side, classical cover drive through cover point

End of over 44 (12 runs) England 237/3 (RR: 5.38)
JE Root    65* (52b 5x4)      SL Malinga    8-2-43-0
EJG Morgan    4* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-39-0

Eranga now...

44.1

Eranga to Morgan, 1 run, full and wide of off stump, they've got a cover sweep for Morgan and he fields

Short third man and long leg come up...in fact third man now goes back, long-on up...

44.2

Eranga to Root, 1 run, full toss outside off, Root doesn't time it and bloops it over the bowler down to long off

44.3

Eranga to Morgan, 2 runs, full and well wide of off stump, swung away off a bit of an outside edge, deep cover runs to his right to field

44.4

Eranga to Morgan, no run, full and outside off again, slapped to extra cover on the edge of the circle but they refuse the run

44.5

Eranga to Morgan, 1 run, very full and outside off stump, dug out and as it runs to backward point they take a single

44.6

Eranga to Root, 2 runs, goes for the reverse paddle and ends up scooping it almost directly over Sangakkara, does get all of it though and third man is able to come around and field

End of over 45 (7 runs) England 244/3 (RR: 5.42)
JE Root    68* (54b 5x4)      RMS Eranga    8-0-49-1
EJG Morgan    8* (7b)      SL Malinga    8-2-43-0

45.1

Malinga to Morgan, FOUR, full toss too close to off stump and smacked over midwicket, get it a little low on the bat but enough to get it away for four

45.2

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, full on the off stump and pushed towards point for a quick single

45.3

Malinga to Root, OUT, slower ball on the stumps, 72mph, Root goes to play over the leg side, doesn't get hold of it and finally Sri Lanka hold a catch with Jayawardene clinging on to a simple chance at deep midwicket, bit of a top edge from Root but a fine innings played really well

JE Root c Jayawardene b Malinga 68 (74m 55b 5x4 0x6) SR: 123.63

45.4

Malinga to Morgan, OUT, full on the off stump, played forward, a huge cry for lbw and given out! It was pad first but going across Morgan and was it going on to miss off stump? Bowden thought not. Very full and Morgan couldn't get the bat down on it in time

EJG Morgan lbw b Malinga 13 (17m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 130.00

So Malinga on a hat-trick...

45.5

Malinga to Bopara, no run, slower ball yorker on off stump and Bopara for a moment was deceived but he got the bat down in time

45.6

Malinga to Bopara, no run, length ball, pushed to point on the front foot

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 249/5 (RR: 5.41)
RS Bopara    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    9-2-48-2
JC Buttler    0* (0b)      RMS Eranga    8-0-49-1

That lbw call is a stinker from Bowden, hit a good inch outside off stump and missing a fourth stump. Another lesson in using your review wisely...

46.1

Kulasekara to Buttler, no run, back of a length just outside off, hammered with a pull back to the bowler who parries and saves any runs

46.2

Kulasekara to Buttler, OUT, driven at outside off stump, thin edge and taken by Sangakkara a good low catch going down to his left, Buttler walked and a second ball duck is a second failure in this competition. It wasn't right there to drive and Buttler got a little tickle on it trying to force into the covers

JC Buttler c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Good fightback here from Sri Lanka, they were staring at chasing 300 at one stage...

46.3

Kulasekara to Bresnan, 2 runs, pushed at hard and gets it down to third man for a single, no, there's a buzzard, with a poor stroke

46.4

Kulasekara to Bresnan, no run, full on the stumps driven firmly to mid-off who's in the circle

46.5

Kulasekara to Bresnan, 1 run, slower ball on the stumps, dropped into the covers for a single

46.6

Kulasekara to Bopara, no run, another decent slower ball just outside off, pushed at and Bopara plays and misses

End of over 47 (3 runs) England 252/6 (RR: 5.36)
RS Bopara    0* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-42-1
TT Bresnan    3* (3b)      SL Malinga    9-2-48-2

England's charge halted abruptly and now they'll take 270-275...

47.1

Eranga to Bresnan, no run, length ball on the stumps, pushed into midwicket

47.2

Eranga to Bresnan, 1 run, firm push down to long on from a length ball on the stumps

47.3

Eranga to Bopara, 1 run, a swing down the ground, doesn't get all of it and long on comes in to field

47.4

Eranga to Bresnan, no run, cramps Bresnan up as he tries to stay leg side and pushes back to the bowler

47.5

Eranga to Bresnan, OUT, full and straight and cleans Bresnan up as it tries to swing it down the ground and loses his leg stump, just missed a straight one there Bressy. It seemed to be in the slot to drive, Bresnan tried but made no connection

TT Bresnan b Eranga 4 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

47.6

Eranga to Broad, 1 run, off stump on a length, punched through the covers

Another good over for Sri Lanka...

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 255/7 (RR: 5.31)
SCJ Broad    1* (1b)      RMS Eranga    9-0-52-2
RS Bopara    1* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-42-1

Vivek: "Alex, never underestimate the genius of Ravi Bopara!" England need him to provide a few more here, Sri Lanka will be comfortable at the moment...Malinga comes back...

48.1

Malinga to Broad, 1 run, slower ball on the stumps, Broad deceived but then dropped the bat on it on off stump, runs it to point who they take a single to and they throw is absolutely awful, nowhere near the stumps, lucky the had a man backing up

48.2

Malinga to Bopara, 1 run, fast, straight yorker, dug out through midwicket

48.3

Malinga to Broad, 1 run, length ball on off stump, pushed back past the bowler

48.4

Malinga to Bopara, 2 runs, full ball, driven wide of long on they run hard and get back for the second with a dive from Broad, well ran, easily home in the end

48.5

Malinga to Bopara, 1 run, played forward to a ball on off stump, pushed to point and they get an easy single

48.6

Malinga to Broad, FOUR, full ball on the stumps, Broad steps to leg and gets it up and over mid-off, a fine stroke and well timed

End of over 49 (10 runs) England 265/7 (RR: 5.40)
SCJ Broad    7* (4b 1x4)      SL Malinga    10-2-58-2
RS Bopara    5* (7b)      RMS Eranga    9-0-52-2

I think England will take their dealing of Malinga today...now how many can they get here, 275?

49.1

Eranga to Bopara, SIX, full ball on off stump and mowed into the crowd over long-on, big stroke, the timing was superb, that's gone way back, 88 metres

49.2

Eranga to Bopara, FOUR, slower ball outside off and slogged past midwicket, four more, well struck again

Well they've got 275...

49.3

Eranga to Bopara, SIX, oh yes, over extra cover for six, what a shot, wide of off stump and smashed into the crowd again, fabulous strike, what a shot, best of the lot today

49.4

Eranga to Bopara, FOUR, full ball on the stumps and smashed over the bowler's head, Bowden dives out of the way and ends up on the floor signalling four, another sweet strike from Bopara

Bowden chased his hat and fell over again, hilarious...

49.5

Eranga to Bopara, 2 runs, fine yorker, dug out down the ground but it's gone slowly towards long-off so they get two

49.6

Eranga to Bopara, SIX, full toss on the stumps and smashed into the stand again! What late hitting from Bopara, taken off a straight line and over long on it goes

4.40pm, tea What a little innings from Bopara, 28 off that last over has wrestled back the momentum that had shifted to Sri Lanka with that run of wickets. It looked like England were going to fall short of what they might have been looking for at 249 for 3 but Bopara has provided the late surge that England rely on and they have a very competitive total they their bowlers will fancy defending. Monty will return shortly as Sri Lanka chase 294 to win...

End of over 50 (28 runs) England 293/7
RS Bopara    33* (13b 2x4 3x6)      RMS Eranga    10-0-80-2
SCJ Broad    7* (4b 1x4)      SL Malinga    10-2-58-2
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Spectators exhibit different emotions, England v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval, June 13, 2013

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James Anderson went for 12 in his final over, England v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval, June 13, 2013

James Anderson went for 12 in his final over

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