ICC Champions Trophy - 8th match, Group A

England v Sri Lanka

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

Hello again. That was exciting, wasn't it? Only once has a team chased a score of this magnitude successfully at The Oval - do Sri Lanka have a Robin Uthappa in their ranks today? It will also be the eighth-highest chase in SL history, if they're to prevent themselves exiting the tournament today.

0.1

Anderson to Perera, no run, angled across on a good length, quite wide and Perera has a look, leaves it alone

0.2

Anderson to Perera, no run, tighter to the off stump, maybe a fraction short of a length, defended down on to the track

0.3

Anderson to Perera, no run, length ball around the top of off, goes across and defends, head bowed again

0.4

Anderson to Perera, 1 run, full and drifting down the leg side, clipped straightforwardly off his pads to fine leg

"Hello to you too. Wasn't very exciting for the Sri Lankans I presume." Well, I was speaking objectively, Varun

0.5

Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR, length ball on leg stump, no swing for Anderson and Dilshan helps this round the corner for the first boundary of the innings

0.6

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, straight line, shaping back over the top of middle, blocked short on the leg side

"Bopara hit as many 6s in the last over as Trott has in his ODI and TEST career combined!" yells Tapan, excitedly. "Actually that probably surprises no one!"

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (289 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.89)
TM Dilshan    4* (2b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0
MDKJ Perera    1* (4b)     

From the Pavilion End it will be Stuart Broad...

1.1

Broad to Perera, no run, starts with a good line, back of a length and on the stumps, Perera shows it doughty defence

1.2

Broad to Perera, no run, similar line and length, shuffles across his stumps and blocks back to the bowler again

Two slips in place, by the way

1.3

Broad to Perera, no run, full and fired across the bows, Perera crouches and tries to shovel to leg, the ball rolls to mid-on

1.4

Broad to Perera, FOUR, back of a length and pulled fiercely from outside off, high like a kite over square leg, one-bounce four

1.5

Broad to Perera, 1 run, pitched up and pushed back to mid-off, Dilshan had wandered out of his ground and Anderson has a shy but there's no one backing up and they get an overthrow

1.6

Broad to Dilshan, no run, short of a good length and in the channel outside off, Dilshan shoulders arms extravagantly

There was a similar finish to that 2007 ODI at The Oval, as Aniketh Rallabhandi points out: "Who can forget Mascarenhas's massacre in the last over in that match? Robin saved Yuvraj the blushes..."

End of over 2 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 10/0 (284 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.91)
TM Dilshan    4* (3b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-5-0
MDKJ Perera    6* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0

2.1

Anderson to Perera, no run, angled across on a good length and pushed back

2.2

Anderson to Perera, OUT, goes big *shuts eyes* - oh, he's been caught at mid-on! Perera tried to execute the pick-up off a length over long-on, looked like he'd nailed it but the ball actually came off the toe of the bat and looped rather forlornly to Bopara, who crouched under it for a safe take and England's first wicket

MDKJ Perera c Bopara b Anderson 6 (10m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Kumar Sangakkara, the eminence grise, strides out

2.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets forward and pushes past cover into a gap for a couple

2.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, good-length delivery outside off, Sanga blocks watchfully

2.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, that's a beauty from Anderson, shaping in over middle and off, beating the inside edge and England all go up - but Bowden isn't interested and quite right too, as it only flicked the thigh pad

2.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes across to a length ball on the stumps, squared up slightly and an edge flies behind point for one

End of over 3 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 13/1 (281 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 5.97)
KC Sangakkara    3* (4b)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-1
TM Dilshan    4* (3b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-5-0

"Time to light a cigar, the Sri Lanka innings will finish before it," says Raj, confidently

3.1

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, slightly back of a length and fired across

3.2

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, slightlly full, on middle and leg, blocked back to the bowler with a straight bat

3.3

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the body, short and dabbed through square leg for a single

3.4

Broad to Dilshan, FOUR, strays down the leg side, short delivery and Dilshan only needs get a glove on it to help the ball away to boundary

3.5

Broad to Dilshan, no run, gets forward and pushes back to the bowler

3.6

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, touch short and leg side again, nudged off the hips to fine leg for a single

Here's Ajay Kumar: "Definitely a positive start for English men! England on their way. Even if Sri lanka builds the innings, there is no one to finish. They miss Perera." And they've usually got a pair-era of them...

End of over 4 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 19/1 (275 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 5.97)
TM Dilshan    9* (6b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-11-0
KC Sangakkara    4* (7b)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-1

4.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, fullish and in the channel outside off, Dilshan tries to Happy Gilmore the ball through the off side but it's not a clean connection and picks out mid-off

4.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, ducking in, pitched up around middle and leg, pushed back towards mid-on

4.3

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, full and angling back in on middle and leg, tries to flick square and comes off the pad

4.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to defends a length delivery around off

4.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, lovely shot from Sangakkara, rocks back and effortlessly pings a short ball through backward square for four

4.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, length delivery, on leg stump, attempts to glance and the ball deflects behind square off the pad

"@ Raj - Your cigar must long as a train," boo-yahs Daniel Alexander, "coz SL is chasing this buddy."

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 25/1 (269 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.97)
KC Sangakkara    8* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-12-1
TM Dilshan    9* (9b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-11-0

5.1

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length, over the top of middle, blocked from the crease

5.2

Broad to Sangakkara, 2 runs, pitched up, sliding on to the pads, clipped wide of fine leg for a couple

5.3

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, jaffa from Broad, fired across, Sanga stays back and pushes just inside the line as the balls sears through past the edge

5.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, beaten again, this time on the inside, short of a length again and nibbles back a touch as the bat comes down and through to Buttler

5.5

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, flicked wristily behind square for a single

Just one slip in place now...

5.6

Broad to Dilshan, no run, slightly short and outside off stump, Dilshan gets on top of the ball and plays it into the ground in front of point

End of over 6 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 28/1 (266 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 6.04)
TM Dilshan    9* (10b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-0
KC Sangakkara    11* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-12-1

"Reply to Ajay," says Asif Hameed. "Don't forget that England did lose a flurry of wickets near the end before Ravi went crazy! Sri Lanka to win by 2 wickets !!"

6.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, good length, on the stumps, blocked back down the track

6.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and straight and driven, looked good off the bat but mid-off comfortably cuts it off before having a shy

6.3

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, pitched up and tapped into the covers

6.4

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, drops a little short, in the channel, glides one down to third man

6.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, lovely delivery, slanted across and seaming just a touch, Sanga fiddles injudiciously and misses

6.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, good length, pushed across and prodded into the off side

"What is the meaning of 'Jaffa'. I saw this word again and again but still dont get it." It means a beauty, unplayable, Sabuj

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 30/1 (264 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 6.13)
KC Sangakkara    12* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-14-1
TM Dilshan    10* (12b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-0

7.1

Broad to Dilshan, no run, Broad has got his dematerialiser working today, somehow ghosting another delivery through the batsman, Dilshan beaten and the ball sailing over the top of the stumps

7.2

Broad to Dilshan, no run, fuller, on the stumps and played back

7.3

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, on the stumps, slightly short and worked through backward square

7.4

Broad to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara spots this coming, half-tracker dug in and he backs away, flays the ball aerially over cover, superb power and placement on the cut shot

7.5

Broad to Sangakkara, FOUR, length ball this time, a touch too straight and Sanga just gets a tickle on it, flicking the ball fine for consecutive boundaries

7.6

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, pushed across on a length, defended outside off short of point

Excellent over for Sri Lanka. The sun is peeking out over The Oval, warming the batsmen to their task...

End of over 8 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 39/1 (255 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 6.07)
KC Sangakkara    20* (22b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-23-0
TM Dilshan    11* (15b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-14-1

8.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, slightly full of a length and coming back with the arm towards middle and off, pushed back to mid-on

8.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, tight lines, gets forward to defend on off stump

"Amidst all the bravado I think Sri Lanka actually have a chance," pronounces Fraser. "Personally would pick their batting line up to chase a big total over any other. They have the right blend of aggression and patience to see this through. How they go against the fifth bowler of Root and Bopara could be crucial."

8.3

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, slightly wider, good length in the channel, trying to tempt Dilshan, he lets it go

8.4

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps, clipped through midwicket to the fielder on the fence

8.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles across, brings the bat down and tucks a length ball off the pads in front of backward square

Slip comes out to stand at short midwicket

8.6

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, length ball, curving gently back and cramping the drive, fielded on the bounce in the covers

"@sabuj for your reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_cricket_terms#J." Thanks to link man Veera

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (253 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 6.17)
TM Dilshan    12* (20b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-16-1
KC Sangakkara    21* (23b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-23-0

First bowling change, Tim Bresnan on. When he made his debut back in 2006, Sri Lanka chased these sorts of total for fun...

9.1

Bresnan to Sangakkara, FOUR, back of a length and wide of the stumps, Sanga guides rather than cuts the ball through point but it races away for four

9.2

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, tighter to the off stump, gets forward to block a length ball

9.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 3 runs, pitched up in the channel, more good placement from Sanga, threading a punched front-foot drive through the covers, won't quite make the rope

9.4

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, coming back in, short of a length and Dilshan is hit on the thigh pad trying to work to leg

9.5

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, oof, looks like he's taken this in the baby-maker ... another nip-backer, rising off a length and Dilshan winces on impact

9.6

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, in the channel, good length, blocked into the off side - better from Bresnan, after a poor couple of deliveries to begin with

End of over 10 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 48/1 (246 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.80, RRR: 6.15)
TM Dilshan    12* (23b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    28* (26b 4x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-16-1

Cook turns to spin, but it is Joe Root rather than Graeme Swann. One slip in

10.1

Root to Sangakkara, no run, round the wicket, tossed up and pushed back to the bowler

10.2

Root to Sangakkara, no run, full and flighted, leans forward and taps into the covers, thinks about one but it sent back

10.3

Root to Sangakkara, 3 runs, tossed up, drifting towards middle stump, swept precisely off the front pad behind square and they pick up three - brings up the Sri Lanka fifty too

10.4

Root to Dilshan, 1 run, over the wicket, floated up, pretty much a full toss, driven back and Root gets a finger on it, deflecting to long-on

10.5

Root to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the stumps, worked wide of mid-on for another single

10.6

Root to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed through on middle stump, tucked to leg

Appears that Swann was off the pitch, for some reason, but he's just returned

End of over 11 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 54/1 (240 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 6.15)
TM Dilshan    14* (25b 2x4)      JE Root    1-0-6-0
KC Sangakkara    32* (30b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-7-0

Here's Ramesh Bikal: "It's going to be Dilshan's, Jaya's and Sanga's day...three (oldie) musketeers of Sri Lanka..."

11.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, Bresnan bangs it in short, angled down the leg side, Dilshan watches it over his head, could have been called on width too but Dar is uninterested

11.2

Bresnan to Dilshan, 2 runs, glanced off the legs into a gap and they get back for a couple

11.3

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, straight line, works a length ball to fine leg for another single

11.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, pushed across on a good length outside off, dabbed towards point off the back foot

11.5

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, bit more width, leaving the batsman as he swishes loosely, doesn't get anything on it as it zings through to the keeper

11.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, another short ball from Bresnan, this one climbing in the corridor as Sanga tries to uppercut and misses again

"Sri Lanka lack a finisher......!!! Even if they get to 80 of the last 10 overs still having 6 wickets in hand I will put my money on England!!!" Aakarsh isn't confident (but he does like exclamation marks

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 57/1 (237 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 6.23)
KC Sangakkara    32* (33b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    17* (28b 2x4)      JE Root    1-0-6-0

12.1

Root to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed through outside off, skips forward and punches a single through the covers

12.2

Root to Sangakkara, no run, round the wicket, full and outside off, driven to Bell standing at short extra cover

12.3

Root to Sangakkara, 1 run, drifting towards leg stump, worked through square leg with a turn of the wrists

And Billy B's lost his hat again...

12.4

Root to Dilshan, no run, full and straight, tries to whip to leg and picks out midwicket

12.5

Root to Dilshan, 2 runs, flat trajectory outside off stump, goes back and cuts deftly through backward point, good running brings two

12.6

Root to Dilshan, no run, very full and straight, sweeps and misses, hit on the pad but the ball was heading past leg, short fine leg swoops on the ball to prevent a run

"I have a feeling that Swann is going to play a crucial role," intones AV. "The way the partnership is building up, Swann is renowned to get the important breakthroughs."

End of over 13 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 61/1 (233 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.69, RRR: 6.29)
TM Dilshan    20* (32b 2x4)      JE Root    2-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara    33* (35b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-10-0

13.1

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly back of a length, over middle and leg, dabbed short of backward square for one

13.2

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, in the channel outside off, waits on it and plays with soft hand towards point, they pick up another

13.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, on the legs, slightly short and nudged in front of deep midwicket

England appear to be bowling a lot of cross seam and throwing the ball in on the bounce, trying to rough it up and get the balls to reverse as early as possible

13.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, angled across outside off, stays back and guides a single to third man

13.5

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, well-directed short ball, and well played too, Dilshan rocking back and pulling flat down to fine leg

13.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery in the corridor outside off, steered straight to point for a dot to Bresnan

"Today is Bopara's day...," chirps Nagesh Nayak, "he will take those wickets of slow innocuous deliveries."

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 67/1 (227 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.78, RRR: 6.30)
KC Sangakkara    37* (39b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-16-0
TM Dilshan    22* (34b 2x4)      JE Root    2-0-10-0

14.1

Root to Dilshan, FOUR, innocuous from Root here, full and down the leg side, swept firmly and Morgan then dives over the ball at deep backward square to give Sri Lanka their first boundary in five overs

14.2

Root to Dilshan, SIX, there's the first six of the innings, this one a genuine crump from Dilshan, skipping out and lofting the ball straight down the ground

14.3

Root to Dilshan, 1 run, turned with the spin through square leg

14.4

Root to Sangakkara, FOUR, four more, though it's not far from a chance to mid-off! Root dropped short, Sanga stood up and punched uppishly down the ground, beats the fielder and runs away

14.5

Root to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked through midwicket for a single

14.6

Root to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up and swept, again in the air, floating through backward square off a top edge but safe

End of over 15 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 84/1 (210 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 6.00)
TM Dilshan    34* (38b 3x4 1x6)      JE Root    3-0-27-0
KC Sangakkara    42* (41b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-16-0

Dilshan picking up the pace now, after a slow-burn start

15.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, 2 runs, angled in and turned through backward square, they put pressure on the fielder and, although Bowden checks for the run out with the third umpire, make a second

15.2

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, on the pads again and flicked through square for a single

15.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, stays in the crease, taps a length ball towards cover

15.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 wide, another bouncer, at the top of Sanga's block, he ducks ... and this time Aleem Dar calls it on height

15.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, straight line, defended from the crease in front of middle and leg

15.5

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length and jabbed off the hips through midwicket for a single

"Before this match, the highest score for Dilshan against England outside srilanka was 13 at Lord's in 2006." Stats-u-like from Veera

15.6

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length, seaming back and taking the inside edge on to pad, deflects for a single into the gully

End of over 16 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 90/1 (204 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.62, RRR: 6.00)
TM Dilshan    38* (41b 3x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    4-0-22-0
KC Sangakkara    43* (44b 5x4)      JE Root    3-0-27-0

After Root was giving a bit of a pounding (easy now) in his last over, Swann is called into the attack. These two going well for Sri Lanka

16.1

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up outside off, little bit of grip and spin back in, blocked short of the man at cover and they pick up one

16.2

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, length ball straightening on middle and leg, prodded short and square, Buttler hares after it

16.3

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, taps a length ball on off into the covers

16.4

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes back and across, works against the turn through backward square

16.5

Swann to Dilshan, no run, flighted, going on with the arm outside off, Dilshan sits back and plays with soft hands but straight to short third man

16.6

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, full and drifting, dipping on off stump, Dilshan gets to the pitch and punches wristily to long-on for a single

Time for a drinks break, the match setting up nicely. Alex is going to call the boring crucial middle overs for you

End of over 17 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 93/1 (201 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 6.09)
TM Dilshan    40* (44b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    44* (47b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-22-0

Cheers Monty, Sri Lanka going well and England could do with a breakthrough...

17.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, full on the stumps, Dilshan forward pressing back to the bowler

17.2

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, hint of width outside off stump, flicked down to third man

17.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, full on the off stump, pressed to extra cover

17.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, full again but tighter to off stump, pressed inside mid-off so they get a quick single

17.5

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, a firm drive from just outside off stump, mid-off scrambles to his right and saves well

17.6

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, good length on off stump, blocked into the covers and Bell comes in to save the single

Nice cheap over...

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 95/1 (199 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.27, RRR: 6.21)
TM Dilshan    41* (48b 3x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    5-0-24-0
KC Sangakkara    45* (49b 5x4)      GP Swann    1-0-3-0

Charith: "What a responsible batting by Dilshan, We haven't seen him playing with more responsibility. It's really a good sign for Sri Lanka."

18.1

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, off stump, punched out through the covers and they get a single to the sweeper

18.2

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, just outside off on a length, forced away off the back foot through point and the sweeper comes in quickly so just one

18.3

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, forward on middle and off, played back to the bowler

18.4

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, bit of turn away from Sangakkara's off side push and gets beaten

18.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, tighter line and it skids on a little, pushed into the covers

18.6

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, forward and carefully pressed to point

Another cheap over...

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 97/1 (197 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.10, RRR: 6.35)
KC Sangakkara    46* (54b 5x4)      GP Swann    2-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    42* (49b 3x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    5-0-24-0

Shafi: "Play it smart boys - at least 7 overs to come from Bopara / Root ... we should target to take those overs for maximum can afford to play out swann for 40 / 45 off his 10." Well Ravi Bopara is now coming on from the Pavilion End...

19.1

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, length ball, pushed to extra cover off the back foot

19.2

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, full on the stumps, flicked to midwicket

19.3

Bopara to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked off middle and leg out to the midwicket sweeper

19.4

Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, punched from a full length on off stump to extra cover

19.5

Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, firm drive to mid-off and they take on Root who fumbles, good batting

19.6

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, flicked from off stump to midwicket

A third cheap over since drinks, just what England wanted...

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 99/1 (195 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.95, RRR: 6.50)
TM Dilshan    43* (53b 3x4 1x6)      RS Bopara    1-0-2-0
KC Sangakkara    47* (56b 5x4)      GP Swann    2-0-5-0

Ilanko: "I fear SL are only a wicket or two away from a collapse. Mahela hasn't inspired much confidence of late. So these two I think hold the key for SL."

20.1

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, floated up on off stump and pushed down to long off, 100 up

20.2

Swann to Dilshan, no run, flicked from just outside off to midwicket

20.3

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, floated up on off stump, clipped down to long on

20.4

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles around in the crease to create space for the back foot punch through the covers

20.5

Swann to Dilshan, OUT, skip down the wicket and finds long on that is pretty silly you have to say, a thick inside edge, nowhere near enough contact on the stroke and Dilshan is gone. Three cheap overs from England, Dilshan has got frustrated, tried to take Swann into the stands and perished

TM Dilshan c Root b Swann 44 (86m 56b 3x4 1x6) SR: 78.57

20.6

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, tries to flick into the leg side and gets struck outside the line of off stump

End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 102/2 (192 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 6.62)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (1b)      GP Swann    3-0-8-1
KC Sangakkara    49* (58b 5x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-2-0

So England with a vital breakthrough...

21.1

Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, full ball on the stumps, punched down to long on, 50 for Sangakkara, been a very nice innings, form continues from Cardiff

21.2

Bopara to Jayawardene, no run, covers up just outside the off stump

21.3

Bopara to Jayawardene, no run, back to late cut just outside off stump, finds backward point

21.4

Bopara to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, clipped to square leg

21.5

Bopara to Jayawardene, no run, full ball on off stump, clipped to Root at midwicket

21.6

Bopara to Jayawardene, no run, carefully blocked just outside off stump

Another excellent over, England have been very good since drinks...

End of over 22 (1 run) Sri Lanka 103/2 (191 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.68, RRR: 6.82)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (6b)      RS Bopara    2-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    50* (59b 5x4)      GP Swann    3-0-8-1

Couple of very experienced men at the wicket, they'll try and settle in again...

22.1

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, off stump, forward and pushed to extra cover

22.2

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, a touch more flight and a little wider, pushed down to long off

22.3

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, pushed into the off side from just outside off from a full length

22.4

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, a little straighter, flicked around the corner, just wide of the 45

22.5

Swann to Sangakkara, FOUR, taken from outside off and lifted over mid-off for four, nicely timed, just carefully struck over the top with the man up

22.6

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes back now and pulled out towards deep midwicket, there's a fumble but it doesn't cost a second

End of over 23 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 110/2 (184 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.78, RRR: 6.81)
KC Sangakkara    56* (63b 6x4)      GP Swann    4-0-15-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (8b)      RS Bopara    2-0-3-0

23.1

Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 wide, leg side wide

23.1

Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, off stump, carefully pushed to mid-off and they set off for a sharp single

23.2

Bopara to Jayawardene, no run, angled in towards off stump, blocked back to the bowler

23.3

Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, a touch fuller, driven to the right of extra cover but mid-off is quickly to his left to slide and save the second

23.4

Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, takes on mid-off again for a cheeky single

Around the wicket...

23.5

Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, full and opens the face to steer it out to deep cover

23.6

Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on the stumps pushed down to long on

End of over 24 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 116/2 (178 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 6.84)
KC Sangakkara    59* (66b 6x4)      RS Bopara    3-0-9-0
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (11b)      GP Swann    4-0-15-1

greecedevil: "@ Alex, 'England have been very good since drinks. Any idea what they drank?" Probably a quick sherry...

24.1

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, off stump, pushed forward through cover

24.2

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, off stump, played to midwicket

24.3

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, this is just a little shorter and flicked behind square on the leg side

24.4

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, forward and blocked into the covers

24.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, very full, dug out back to the bowler

24.6

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed out through the covers to the sweeper

Sri Lanka in good shape at half-way, wickets in hand for the final push, the worms are very level...

End of over 25 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 119/2 (175 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.76, RRR: 7.00)
KC Sangakkara    61* (70b 6x4)      GP Swann    5-0-18-1
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (13b)      RS Bopara    3-0-9-0

Jacques Kallis: "Watching match from my TV and following you guys simultaneously. Man, salute to you and your typing speed." We do try. Change of ball it looks like...

25.1

Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, length ball and punched to mid-off

25.2

Bopara to Sangakkara, FOUR, poor ball, leg stump and flicked wide of short long leg, nicely tucked away

25.3

Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, fuller outside off, driven firmly to mid-off where Cook dives and saves to his right

25.4

Bopara to Sangakkara, 2 runs, leg stump again, tucked through square leg

25.5

Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, just outside off, played with a half-forward press into the covers

25.6

Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, off stump and full, pressed to extra cover

Still four dots balls in that over, Ravi's going okay...

End of over 26 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 125/2 (169 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.80, RRR: 7.04)
KC Sangakkara    67* (76b 7x4)      RS Bopara    4-0-15-0
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (13b)      GP Swann    5-0-18-1

26.1

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, reverse swept from just outside off to short third man

26.2

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, just outside off, flicked to midwicket

26.3

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, lifted over midwicket this time, gets it out to the sweeper

26.4

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, off stump, driven off the inner half of the bat back to the bowler

26.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, off stump, dropped in front of point but the fielder is up quickly to save the single

26.6

Swann to Sangakkara, 2 runs, a touch short and pulled behind square on the leg side, deep backward square runs to his left

End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 128/2 (166 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.74, RRR: 7.21)
KC Sangakkara    69* (79b 7x4)      GP Swann    6-0-21-1
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (16b)      RS Bopara    4-0-15-0

Kris: "Hi Alex, can you confirm, is it THE Jacques Kallis himself?" Yeh, he's just text me...Stuart Broad now comes on...

27.1

Broad to Jayawardene, no run, and slides past the outside edge first ball back, it was on a good length and Mahela nibbled at it outside off stump

27.2

Broad to Jayawardene, SIX, down the wicket and smashed over long on, what a shot! Steps down the wicket and takes a middle stump ball on a good length over long on, great strike

27.3

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, now times a belter off the front foot past point to the sweeper, that was powered away too, good signs

The umpires are again having a look at the ball, going quickly out of shape it would seem...

27.4

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 wide, leg side wide

27.4

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, tucked down to long leg

27.5

Broad to Jayawardene, no run, blocked just outside off stump to point

27.6

Broad to Jayawardene, no run, full just outside off stump, flicked firmly to mid on

End of over 28 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 137/2 (157 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.89, RRR: 7.13)
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (21b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    5-0-32-0
KC Sangakkara    70* (80b 7x4)      GP Swann    6-0-21-1

Zaid: "Hi Alex, can you confirm, is it THE Kris Himself enquiring about THE Jacques Kallis himself?" The one and only...

28.1

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, floated up on the off stump, ran back to the bowler

28.2

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, straight line, ran around the corner to the 45

28.3

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays leg side off a ball just outside off and presses through cover

28.4

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, down the wicket and flicked in the air out to deep midwicket, very safe stroke

28.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, press forward just outside off stump into the covers

28.6

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, stays back, it slides on and Sangakkara plays to short third man

End of over 29 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 139/2 (155 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.79, RRR: 7.38)
KC Sangakkara    71* (85b 7x4)      GP Swann    7-0-23-1
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (22b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    5-0-32-0

Trott off the field with ice on his right thigh...

29.1

Broad to Jayawardene, FOUR, length ball and flicked off the stumps inbetween long leg and deep square, nicely played

29.2

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, just outside off stump, guided down to third man

29.3

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, short ball, Sanga goes for the flick over the slips and misses

29.4

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, step to leg and hammered in front of point to the sweeper

29.5

Broad to Jayawardene, FOUR, four more, pulled to the same area as the first ball of the over, finding his touch Mahela

29.6

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, full ball, firm push down to long on

Broad proving expensive today...

End of over 30 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 150/2 (144 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.20)
DPMD Jayawardene    23* (26b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    6-0-43-0
KC Sangakkara    72* (87b 7x4)      GP Swann    7-0-23-1

144 in 20 overs, if this was a T20 we'd say that was a cakewalk...

30.1

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, played from just outside off stump, flicked to midwicket

30.2

Swann to Jayawardene, 3 runs, flatter ball and I thought it was too close to sweep but Jayawardene gets the reverse paddle sweep away past short third man, good work from Bairstow charging round at deep cover

30.3

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, middle stump line, played to extra cover with a forward push

30.4

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, forward, an inside edge runs past midwicket from middle and off

30.5

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, flicked to midwicket with the spin from just outside off

30.6

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, swept from off stump, excellent sliding save from backward square, saved three runs

End of over 31 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 155/2 (139 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.31)
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (30b 2x4 1x6)      GP Swann    8-0-28-1
KC Sangakkara    73* (89b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-43-0

Bopara back into the attack...

31.1

Bopara to Jayawardene, FOUR, length ball, picked up behind square on the leg side, tucked away really well and finds the rope again, boundaries coming for Jayawardene

31.2

Bopara to Jayawardene, 2 runs, full toss outside off, firmly punched into the covers and Root gets down to slide and save four again, cracking work

31.3

Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, length outside off, dabbed down to third man

Everything is flying off the middle of Jayawardene's bat now...

31.4

Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, slapped hard from just outside off to extra cover

31.5

Bopara to Sangakkara, 2 runs, driven hard out to deep cover and they run well and get back for the second

31.6

Bopara to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full ball just outside off stump, slapped down the ground and again there's a great save in the outfield, Broad this time gets down to prevent four

End of over 32 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 166/2 (128 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.18, RRR: 7.11)
KC Sangakkara    77* (92b 7x4)      RS Bopara    5-0-26-0
DPMD Jayawardene    34* (33b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    8-0-28-1

Runs flowing a little and Sri Lanka can afford to see off Swann...

32.1

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, stays back and dabs to short third man, they take a quick run

32.2

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, back in the crease and punching out to deep cover

32.3

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, punched down to long on

32.4

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, pressed down to long off from a full length

32.5

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, floated up on middle stump and pushed past midwicket

32.6

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, off stump and again a push just beats the fielder and they get a single out into the deep, this time to long off

End of over 33 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 172/2 (122 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.21, RRR: 7.17)
KC Sangakkara    80* (95b 7x4)      GP Swann    9-0-34-1
DPMD Jayawardene    37* (36b 3x4 1x6)      RS Bopara    5-0-26-0

England need a wicket and they've turned to James Anderson to try and find one...be brave Cooky, get a slip in, what do you reckon?

33.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, length wide of off stump, flashed at and gets a bit outside edge a long way wide of the keeper, it would have carried nicely to a slip!

33.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, more width outside off stump, slapped out to deep cover

Slip now goes in...

33.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, tight off stump line, dropped through midwicket where the slip had come from, such is cricket

33.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, pushed from off stump to extra cover

33.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, off stump and full, it was well driven, nicely timed that, Bopara dives and saves with a dive to his right

33.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, blocked through square leg from a good length on middle and off

Good game, good game, Monty to take you through to the close, who's your money on...

End of over 34 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 180/2 (114 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.29, RRR: 7.12)
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (38b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    6-0-24-1
KC Sangakkara    86* (99b 8x4)      GP Swann    9-0-34-1

G'day (or is it?) ... Sri Lanka's two dashing old stagers are setting about ensuring that it's not for the boozed up patrons at The Oval. Cook turns back to Bopara, whose bludgeoning blows gave England something to defend earlier...

34.1

Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, Buttler up to the stumps, length outside off, Jayawardene sits back and slides a single down to third man

"Sri Lanka can do this in their sleep now with Chandimal and Matthews to come," declares Fraser. "Key factor for me is that Broad, Bresnan are relatively unthreatening and Anderson, Swann are carrying the attack."

34.2

Bopara to Sangakkara, 2 runs, round the wicket, full and shaping a little away from Sanga, who leans out and pings a couple through the covers

34.3

Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and outside off, driven wide of mid-off, who scrambles across to cut it off

34.4

Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, back over the wicket, pitched full of a length in the channel, driven to the cover sweeper

34.5

Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, waits on a length ball outside off stump, steers on down to third man, they think about two but won't get it

34.6

Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, another dab off the back foot to third man from Mahela

"On my way to work but once I get there I would like to see 'England hold nerve in a thriller' on cricinfo's home page. Go England." Well, Sam, have you been naughty or nice this year?

End of over 35 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 187/2 (107 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.34, RRR: 7.13)
DPMD Jayawardene    42* (41b 3x4 1x6)      RS Bopara    6-0-33-0
KC Sangakkara    90* (102b 8x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-24-1

Time for the batting Powerplay, then, and the match balanced on a knife edge...

35.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, this spits off the surface and is defended back down, Mahela opening his eyes a little wider

35.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, OUT, skips across to hooks but only manages to pick out deep square leg! England have the breakthrough they desperately needed, Anderson the bowler, as so often it is! The ball was short and outside the line of off, Jayawardene moved to his right but couldn't keep the shot down, Bairstow plunging forward to take a good catch

DPMD Jayawardene c sub (JM Bairstow) b Anderson 42 (62m 43b 3x4 1x6) SR: 97.67

Interesting move - Nuwan Kulasekara has been sent in at No. 5

35.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly short of a length, angled across and Sanga gets a thick outside edge, not far away from Cook in the gully and down to third man

35.4

Anderson to Kulasekara, no run, dug in short, over leg stump, ducks underneath it

35.5

Anderson to Kulasekara, no run, slightly short of a good length again, defends in front of off stump

35.6

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 wide, another bouncer, Kula Shaker crouches again - this one is called on height

35.6

Anderson to Kulasekara, no run, hops back and across and defends a length ball outside off - well the pinch-hitter isn't doing much hitting yet

Sri Lanka struck by a familiar bout of the Powerplays ... but Sangakkara remains there, looking cooler than Huggy Bear

End of over 36 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 189/3 (105 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 7.50)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    7-0-26-2
KC Sangakkara    91* (103b 8x4)      RS Bopara    6-0-33-0

Tim Bresnan replaces Bopara from the Vauxhall Road End

36.1

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, pitched up, tapped into the covers and they risk one - direct hit would have done for Sanga at the non-striker's end

36.2

Bresnan to Kulasekara, FOUR, pulled emphatically through midwicket, that's what Kula's in for! Not all that short but picked up superbly and cracked in front of the fielder in the deep

36.3

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 wide, backs away, Bresnan tries to follow him with a short, wide ball

36.3

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, short again, Kulasekara pulls and this comes high off the bat, dropping just short of mid-on

36.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, angled across and steers one through point off the back foot

36.5

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, another bumper, pulled into the ground through backward square

36.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, angled across on a fullish length, taps in front of point and they jog one

Good over for SL, bringing the rate back below 7.50... "If Sanga can do what MSD does always, it is SL's game. Let us see." Indeed, Ravi. Although he's already does what Sanga does until this point

End of over 37 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 199/3 (95 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 7.30)
KC Sangakkara    94* (106b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-34-0
KMDN Kulasekara    6* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-26-2

37.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, slightly wide outside off, cuts behind backward point and Bresnan gallumphs round from third man to prevent a boundary

37.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, short, pushes one in front of point

37.3

Anderson to Kulasekara, no run, in the channel, line and length, Kula nearly swings himself off his feet, misses

37.4

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 run, takes the pace off, dug in short, shovelled round the corner off the back foot

37.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and pushes a full-length ball into a gap in the covers

37.6

Anderson to Kulasekara, no run, excellent delivery from Anderson, nearly does for Kula - right up in the blockhole, dipping towards leg stump, gets an inside edge on it and Buttler pulls of a terrific stop diving to his left

End of over 38 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 204/3 (90 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.36, RRR: 7.50)
KMDN Kulasekara    7* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-31-2
KC Sangakkara    98* (109b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-34-0

"Last 10 Overs, appx 80 runs to get, 7 wickets in hand; Lanka has to work hard to lose this from here." Suresh knows where his money is

38.1

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, low full toss outside the line of off, pushed wide of cover, long-off keeps them to one

38.2

Bresnan to Kulasekara, no run, rolls the fingers over it, slow legcutter, hits Kulasekara on the thigh pad, Bresnan appeals and point swoops to give England a precious dot

38.3

Bresnan to Kulasekara, no run, bouncer again, hangs back and flails unsuccessfully at it

38.4

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 2 runs, short of a good length, Kulasekara hoicks it high into the leg side, doesn't come off the middle but it's short of Bairstow running in off the fence, he does well to stop it on the bounce with his shoulder, maybe even taking it on the head

38.5

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 wide, steps away as Bresnan goes full and wide, outside the tramlines though

38.5

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, on a length, swings like a kid in the playground, the ball squirts to leg for a single

38.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, angled across on a length, gets forward and drives on the up to long-off - that's the ton up for Sanga, a superb knock, his 15th in ODIs

End of over 39 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 210/3 (84 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.38, RRR: 7.63)
KC Sangakkara    100* (111b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-40-0
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-31-2

39.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, wide and cut away in front of cover, they want two but Kula and Sanga collide, Kula drops his bat but the throw to the keeper is high! Run-out chance missed by England

39.2

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 run, advances and throws the hands, driving a length ball to mid-off, they run anyway

39.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays back and angles a single to third man

39.4

Anderson to Kulasekara, no run, good bumper, Kulasekara swings across the line and misses

39.5

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 run, goes full and straight, the batsman clears the front leg and hammers one down to long-on

39.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, slower ball and Sangakkara picks it, sends it over deep midwicket! Perfectly timed, in every sense, a brutal haymaker that bounces just short of the fence - Sri Lanka need 76 from the last ten overs

End of over 40 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 218/3 (76 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.45, RRR: 7.60)
KC Sangakkara    106* (114b 9x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-39-2
KMDN Kulasekara    12* (16b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-40-0

Bresnan will continue. "England Fans should be aware Its Sanga not Sachin who scores century and team loses," warns Anil Katwal

40.1

Bresnan to Kulasekara, FOUR, length ball outside off and thumped through the covers, stand and deliver from Kulasekara, who gets it right out of the meat for another vital boundary

40.2

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, gets forward and swings hard, inside-edging through square leg

40.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, walks out and drags a pull shot into the leg side

40.4

Bresnan to Kulasekara, no run, another bumper, wide of the off stump, Kula flinches and looks at the umpire - but it's okay

40.5

Bresnan to Kulasekara, FOUR, short of a length, on the leg stump and heaved over square, the ball flies away for four more!

40.6

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, pitched up in the blockhole, gets his bat down in time and squeezes it to fine leg

"Is pinch hitting making a comeback to one-day cricket? Otherwise I don't understand why Kula has bat in his hands right now." Well, Tushar, he's going at a run a ball and England are gasping for a break right now

End of over 41 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 229/3 (65 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.58, RRR: 7.22)
KMDN Kulasekara    22* (21b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    8-0-51-0
KC Sangakkara    107* (115b 9x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-39-2

Cook turns back to Broad; Sri Lanka sitting pretty, needing little more than a run a ball. "Getting tricky for Cook now," says Srinivas. "Anderson, Swann and Bresnan only have 4 overs left between them after this. Remaining 5 to be bowled by Root, Broad and Bopara. Should make it real easy for SL."

41.1

Broad to Kulasekara, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, hit in the air through mid-on for a single to the man on the rope

41.2

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, angled across on a length, Sanga chops a cut shot into the ground through extra cover

41.3

Broad to Kulasekara, 1 run, pitched up on leg stump, Kula lumps it back down the ground, aerial again but it drops well short of long-on

They're all coming out for Anil... Ryan puts it best: "@Anil Katwal: Sachin has hit more centuries in winning cause of India than total centuries Sanga has hit! Have a look at stats before you comment!"

41.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, full and wide, Sanga is stuck on his heels and plays no stroke - inside the tramlines too

41.5

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball, on the stumps, inside-edged through backward square leg

41.6

Broad to Kulasekara, 4 leg byes, swings across the line at a short ball and deflects it past the diving Buttler for four to long leg - that's the fifty partnership from just 40 balls

"Can we get Malinga to bowl for England? I am sure he would change the game." Abhishek Sahu has a plan, of sorts

End of over 42 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 237/3 (57 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.64, RRR: 7.12)
KMDN Kulasekara    24* (24b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-47-0
KC Sangakkara    109* (118b 9x4)      TT Bresnan    8-0-51-0

Another roll of the dice, Swann on

42.1

Swann to Sangakkara, 2 runs, tossed up and driven through the covers, the sweeper has to run to his left

42.2

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, round the wicket, driven on the front foot through the covers, just a single this time

42.3

Swann to Kulasekara, SIX, over the wicket, rocks back and fetches a length ball into the crowd at deep midwicket, immaculate striking from Kulasekara, who's doing more than pinching runs now!

42.4

Swann to Kulasekara, SIX, tossed up slightly fuller and smoked into the crowd over the same part of the ground, Kula down on one knee this time - what a couple of blows!

42.5

Swann to Kulasekara, 1 run, takes the pace off, bit more air, Kula knows his work is done and pushes back down the ground

42.6

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended - Sanga's happy to give up a dot now

End of over 43 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 253/3 (41 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.88, RRR: 5.85)
KC Sangakkara    112* (121b 9x4)      GP Swann    10-0-50-1
KMDN Kulasekara    37* (27b 3x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    7-0-47-0

43.1

Broad to Kulasekara, SIX, six more for Kulasekara, happy slapping Broad high over fine leg, the ball was short, may have come off a top edge but it soars into the stands!

43.2

Broad to Kulasekara, FOUR, overpitched and thrashed straight back down the ground like a hockey puck, Broad sticks out a boot but can't stop it skimming over the surface for four to long-off

Kula is on the brink of an outrageous, match-winning fifty...

43.3

Broad to Kulasekara, FOUR, full-length ball outside off stump, Kula gets a big stride in, opens the shoulders and clouts the ball over extra cover, it beats the sweeper running round - four more, and the half-century!

43.4

Broad to Kulasekara, 1 run, comes forward and steers a shortish ball into the covers

"Pinch hitting is back baby!!!!!" wails Praveen

43.5

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, waits on a short ball and blocks towards point, Sanga sends Kula back

43.6

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed across, Sanga punches one through the off side

"Kulasekara doing what Bopara did to them," observes Abdul, "six balls and the game has changed sides."

End of over 44 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 269/3 (25 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.11, RRR: 4.16)
KC Sangakkara    113* (123b 9x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-63-0
KMDN Kulasekara    52* (31b 5x4 3x6)      GP Swann    10-0-50-1

Bresnan replaces Swann, who had bowled out. Sri Lanka are coasting home now...

44.1

Bresnan to Sangakkara, FOUR, takes an early step across the stumps, drives wide of mid-on, picks a gap and this races away

44.2

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, dabs a shortish ball towards point, Sanga again sends the exuberant Kulasekara back

Sangakkara's now got the highest score in the tournament so far, by the way

44.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, walks forward, cuts into the ground, towards point, they take one

44.4

Bresnan to Kulasekara, no run, leg-side ball, on a length, flicks the pad and runs through to Buttler

44.5

Bresnan to Kulasekara, no run, very full and straight, gets the yorker in but Kula digs in out

44.6

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, pitched up on middle and leg, swings hard across the line and clubs one through square

End of over 45 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 275/3 (19 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.11, RRR: 3.80)
KMDN Kulasekara    53* (34b 5x4 3x6)      TT Bresnan    9-0-57-0
KC Sangakkara    118* (126b 10x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-63-0

Back comes Anderson, who'll not admit that the gig is up...

45.1

Anderson to Kulasekara, 2 runs, on length, stands talls and chips the ball over mid-on

45.2

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, squeezes the ball away through square leg

"This pinch hitting knock by Kula reminded me about Upul Chandana's 80 odd against Windies in 2003 while successfully chasing a 300+ score," says Jose Cyriac, with a dreamy look in his eye

45.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, angled across and Sanga takes a no-risk single through the covers

45.4

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 wide, slower bouncer, heading down the leg side, Kula ducks it and wide is signalled

45.4

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 run, offcutter from Anderson, feet still and swings hard, edged behind but Buttler can only get glove tips on it

45.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, picks a gap out towards deep extra cover and they get back for a second

45.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, full and on off stump, crunched straight back down the ground to long-on - imperious batting from Sanga

End of over 46 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 287/3 (7 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.23, RRR: 1.75)
KC Sangakkara    125* (129b 11x4)      JM Anderson    10-0-51-2
KMDN Kulasekara    57* (37b 5x4 3x6)      TT Bresnan    9-0-57-0

Good call, from Hemant Tiwari: "What a brave move from Sri Lankan management; first to play Kulasekara instead of Perera and second to send Kulasekara ahead of a so-called hitter like Mathews...Go Sri Lanka, go!!!!" Yes, no one's missing Thisara now, I guess

46.1

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, chipped down the ground for a single to long-on

46.2

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, angled across, stays in the crease and steers towards point

46.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, pushed across from wide on the crease, Sanga made an early move outside off but can only knock it back to the bowler

46.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full and wide and played out in front of deep extra cover via a flowing flash of the blade

46.5

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, touch short, sits in the crease and swivel-pulls flat through square leg, it's cut off before the boundary... the champagne remains on ice

46.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, tip and run into the covers - the scores are tied and Sangakkara will remain on strike to complete the job

End of over 47 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 293/3 (1 run required from 18 balls, RR: 6.23, RRR: 0.33)
KC Sangakkara    130* (134b 11x4)      TT Bresnan    10-0-63-0
KMDN Kulasekara    58* (38b 5x4 3x6)      JM Anderson    10-0-51-2

Broad replaces Anderson, one to win...

47.1

Broad to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and on the hips, pulled lazily, sweetly through square leg for four and Sri Lanka win by seven wickets

9.05pm: That's about it from us tonight, folks. A cracking match has "thrown Group A wide open", as I'm contractually obliged to say; Alex and myself will be back to type you through England and New Zealand's not-quite-must-win-but-it's-getting-that-way match on Sunday; there's another game with a fair bit riding on it tomorrow, which will of course be brought to live and non-exclusively. David Hopps' report should be your final stop tonight - thanks for your comments, as ever, tatty-bye!

8.55pm: Mike Atherton has his mike in hand, time for the presentations. England captain, Alastair Cook: "Obviously that was an outstanding hundred, any time you chase 300 someone has to play well. The pitch quickened up but sometimes you have to say credit where it's due. The rate was always seven, we could have taken a couple more wickets but they played well. It was very hard to get the ball to reverse swing and it was changed after 21 overs. I thought 300 was about par - my innings, I couldn't quite get it away, if you add another 20 runs on that would probably have been enough. We knew we'd have to win one of these two game, hopefully we'll come back strongly at Cardiff."

Sri Lanka captain, Angelo Mathews: "We needed that, to be honest, we started confidently and the bowlers were really good in the middle overs, we just had one go for 20 runs near the end. Sanga batted really well, it's great to have a player like that at number three. We had a chat at the break with the batters, thought it might swing and seam a little but the pitch played really well. The management decided [to promote Kula], he's been batting really well and it paid off. The last game we were rusty, in the field missing catches but we can keep improving."

Kumar Sangakkara is named a worthy Man of the Match: "I was pretty happy about it, we had to play well at the start, see off Jimmy Anderson but Mahela played really well and we got on top of it. [Kulasekara's innings] took the pressure off and those two overs, off Swann and Broad, were decisive. That's the Champions Trophy for you, the pressure is on, players aspire to play in it, I'm pleased to have done well today. We've got to win another one, the Aussies are a tough outfit so we'll have to prepare well."

8.45pm: A stunning run chase from Sri Lanka keeps them well and truly alive in the tournament. Beat Australia on Monday and they will be through. England couldn't have been more surprised if Crispian Mills had come out and hammered a decisive half-century at more than a run a ball but, Nuwan Kulasekara's late heroics aside, this was Kumar Sangakkara's match, magisterially seeing his team home with an unbeaten 134. Defeat means England will have to beat New Zealand on Sunday to reach the semi-finals, which is by no means guaranteed. But then, it wouldn't feel right if England weren't in danger of being ejected from their own party, would it?

Tournament Results
England v India at Birmingham - Jun 23, 2013
India won by 5 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Cardiff - Jun 20, 2013
India won by 8 wickets (with 90 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at The Oval - Jun 19, 2013
England won by 7 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 17, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
England v New Zealand at Cardiff - Jun 16, 2013
England won by 10 runs
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Spectators exhibit different emotions, England v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval, June 13, 2013

Spectators exhibit different emotions

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Jun 13, 2013

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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