ICC World Twenty20, 22nd Match, Group 1: Sri Lanka v England at Pallekele, Oct 1, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 22nd match, Group 1
Sri Lanka won by 19 runs
1 October 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Right, Mahela Jayawaderne, a gram or too lighter in the absence of the captain's armband, marks his guard. Steven Finn will bowl the first over...

7.51pm: While the Sri Lanka anthem pootles on, here is local journalist Rex Clementine, with thoughts on the SL captaincy: "Mahela and Angelo Mathews are both playing, but not captaining. Sanga is captaining. Wonder why? Mahela is under a warning and so is Angelo. The last time both of them captained they had slow over rate issues. So maybe that Sri Lanka trying to be smart here. Nothing official as yet. But maybe. Just maybe."

7.50pm: Out come the teams for the anthems. Here's MI: "@ James - The 1 run declaration would be an excellent recipe for ENG & WI to go through with SL surely crashing out as the NRR would be based on SL making 1 run off 20 overs."

7.40pm: Well done, all of you, Samit Patel is not replacing Samit Patel. This, from Kamran, was the best comment on my blooper: "I think it's fair that Samit Patel replaces Samit Patel. It will be hard for someone else to fill his shoes (or shirt)."

Anyway, some other issues to pick over. Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket in Kieswetter's absence; while it had become clear that Kieswetter was having difficulties with his own headspace, never mind the bat, YJB hasn't been in sparkling form, either. Bopara's return gives England a "skiddy" bowling option, while Dernbach's variety has been preferred to Bresnan's stock fast-mediums. We're not entirely sure who's leading Sri Lanka, by the way: Sanga took the toss, apparently because of Jayawardene's unlucky run, but may lead the side in the field as well. Is that so that Jayawardene can avoid any potential slow over-rate penalty? I haven't the foggiest.

7.35pm: "If Sri Lanka bat first, they should declare at 1-0 off 0.1 overs," suggests Brian Rose James. "We can then get 2 off the 1st ball and then both Sri Lanka and England will qualify. Easy."

From the sounds of it, depending on how the Sri Lanka innings pans out, England would need to beat them with about seven overs to spare for the hosts' run-rate to drop below West Indies. But don't quote me on that.

7.30pm: So, Ravi's back? He must be netting like Brian Lara.

7.25pm: England have won the toss and will bowl. And there are mucho changes to relate: Ravi Bopara is back in for England, with Craig Kieswetter dropped; Jade Dernbach and Samit Patel also replace Tim Bresnan and Danny Briggs. Sri Lanka had Kumar Sangakkara at the toss but it seems Mahela Jayawardene is still playing - they just swapped because Jayawardene had lost three tosses in a row. Akila Dananjaya is also back, after trying to catch Martin Guptill's drive with his eye socket in Sri Lanka's first Super Eight match, replacing Rangana Herath.

7.20pm: Anyway, the toss should have been conducted 20 minutes ago but all that super-sized faffing around means they've only just finished the presentations. We'll bring you the news from the middle as soon as we get it.

7.15pm: After more drama in Pallekele, the stage is set for England to get humped and depart in a whimper battle the hosts, Sri Lanka, for qualification. Three cannot go into two, so a win for England would boil everything down to net run rate, which would then get interesting. At the moment West Indies' is the worst and you would have to imagine that Sri Lanka won't be battered to the extent that theirs drops from +1.029 to less than -0.375. But they're not confirmed semi-finalists as yet.

6.50pm: Another Super Over, anyone? Yes, yes, why not!

6.40pm: Hello everyone and welcome to Squeakerville. As I type, New Zealand and West Indies are going into their final over with the result still in the balance. The Super Eights may have produced a couple of duds yesterday but we're back in nerve-jangling territory. We'll soon have a good idea of what England and Sri Lanka need from the next match but, for now, here's our match preview, a list of the scenarios at play in the final round and David Hopps' piece on the importance of Eoin Morgan for England.

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Finn to Jayawardene, 1 run, pitched up outside off stump, Jayawardene gets forward and pushed back past the stumps, mid-on comes fine but they scamper one


Finn to Dilshan, 1 run, touch shorter, coming back in towards the stumps, blocked into the leg side and again they steal a single


Finn to Jayawardene, 1 wide, length ball, leaving Jayawardene off the pitch and it goes too far, he can't get a bat on it, though Bairstow makes a good take


Finn to Jayawardene, 1 run, angling in off a slightly short length, turned into a gap at midwicket


Finn to Dilshan, no run, this seams back in, short of a length and jagging in, Dilshan gets an inside edge on to his groin and Finn fields in his follow-through


Finn to Dilshan, no run, pitched up a little more, tight line on off stump and pushed to mid-off


Finn to Dilshan, FOUR, short and ever-so-slightly wide from Finn, terrific pick-up from Dilshan, who stands still and drills a back-foot drive through cover-point for the first boundary of the innings

"I think SL have missed a trick," chuckles James. "I can only see 4 spin bowlers (Dilshan, 2x Mendis and Dananjaya) in the side. Surely you want 20 overs of spin against England!"

End of over 1 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • TM Dilshan 5 (4b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (2b)
    • ST Finn 1-0-8-0

It'll be Jade Dernbach from the other end


Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, length ball, maybe a touch slow, on leg stump and rolls away off the pad behind square


Dernbach to Dilshan, 2 runs, tries the bouncer, good pace on it and Dilshan isn't in control of the hook shot, a top edge looping safe towards deep midwicket


Dernbach to Dilshan, no run, short of a length again, doesn't get up that much and Dilshan misses trying to pull, it's only an inching or two from clipping the top of off too


Dernbach to Dilshan, 1 run, dropped him! Dernbach got bounce this time, it took the shoulder of the bat and flew around head height to Graeme Swann, who grasped at it, popped it up in the air and over his own head


Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, another good lifter from Dernbach, banging the ball in and it fizzes up off the surface past the outside edge


Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, pushed through on a fullish length, Jayawardene is hit on the pad trying to play across the line ... but it was probably sneaking down leg

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (5b)
    • TM Dilshan 8 (7b 1x4)
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-3-0
    • ST Finn 1-0-8-0

Finn to Dilshan, 1 run, throat-bothering delivery from Finn, jarring the splice of the bat and Dilshan does well to drop it into the leg side


Finn to Jayawardene, FOUR, bouncer, at the man and Jayawardene swivels to pull majestically over long leg - looked like it had gone all the way but signalled four


Finn to Jayawardene, no run, length ball, teasing and in the corridor, holds its line and Jayawardene plays and misses


Finn to Jayawardene, no run, another unsuccessful flash outside off from the batsman, beaten for pace

And Finn has had his first warning for kicking the non-striker's stumps


Finn to Jayawardene, 1 run, touch full, outside off, gets forward and chances a single to mid-off


Finn to Dilshan, no run, good length, Dilshan plays it on the up, cutting into the ground, can't get it off the square though

Here's Harish: "@James, 16 overs of spin is enough for England to bowl out..:P So SL is not missing any trick here.. they just want to improve their over rate."

End of over 3 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 18/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • TM Dilshan 9 (9b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 7 (9b 1x4)
    • ST Finn 2-0-14-0
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-3-0

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, this is a cracking start from Dernbach, another rising delivery off the pitch beats the outside edge as Jayawardene plays a big, booming drive


Dernbach to Jayawardene, SIX, well, that's quite a comeback! Touch short but not heinously so, Jayawardene seizes on it and swings it high over long leg with barely a blink


Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, dug in again and pulled hard, rolls the wrists and it goes flat to deep square leg for one


Dernbach to Dilshan, SIX, short and wide and uppercut all the way over third man! Wright gave it the Superman dive on the rope but it was well over his head


Dernbach to Dilshan, 1 wide, down the leg side, Dilshan tries to scoop but it's too wide and called as much

Er, not-so-cracking few deliveries from Dernbach


Dernbach to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball on leg stump, waits for it and tucks to leg


Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, another slower delivery out the back of the hand, bounces up off the pitch and Jayawardene taps it down into the leg side for another single

End of over 4 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 34/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 15 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 16 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-19-0
    • ST Finn 2-0-14-0

Finn into his third over. Long spell, this


Finn to Jayawardene, no run, touch short, at the body, Jaya swivels adroitly but can only bung his pull straight to short fine leg


Finn to Jayawardene, no run, pitched up outside off and Jayawardene gives it the full gun, smashing a drive straight a Samit Patel, who puts himself in harm's way to stop it smartly. At least he's got a bit of cushioning


Finn to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of a length and pulled through square leg for one


Finn to Dilshan, OUT, got him, hit on the back pad and given! The ball came back at Dilshan, hitting him right in front, the only question was height - Finn doesn't get too many lbws off length deliveries - but it was good enough to convince Steve Davis

TM Dilshan lbw b Finn 16 (20m 12b 1x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

So, one man with 1,000 T20I runs is replaced by another: here comes captain Kumar. Broad puts two slips in place


Finn to Sangakkara, 2 runs, low full toss, slightly wide of off and Sangakkara reaches out to push a couple through the covers


Finn to Sangakkara, FOUR, edged but it dies on Bairstow and runs through his legs for four! Good bowling from Finn but more runs on the board for Sri Lanka

End of over 5 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (RR: 8.20)

    • KC Sangakkara 6 (2b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 16 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • ST Finn 3-0-21-1
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-19-0

First change, with Stuart Broad bringing himself on


Broad to Jayawardene, no run, nice line and length to begin with, shaping away and beats the outside edge - in fact Bairstow thinks there might have been a nick


Broad to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene backs away and throws the bat violently at a length ball - another miss


Broad to Jayawardene, no run, drags this short, Jaya is late on it and the ball cannons into his body and then down on to the pitch ... join the dots


Broad to Jayawardene, 2 runs, oooooh, that's close to being caught at extra-cover! The ball stuck in the pitch, Jayawardene drove on the up and it looped just over the fingertips of Bopara


Broad to Jayawardene, no run, full of a length, pushed towards point


Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, pitched up wide of the stumps, jams his bat down and squirts one to backward point as they take on the fielder successfully

End of over 6 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 44/1 (RR: 7.33)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 19 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 6 (2b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-3-0
    • ST Finn 3-0-21-1

Powerplay done with (and fairly even), on comes Graeme Swann


Swann to Jayawardene, 2 runs, tossed up and turning to leg, Jayawardene advances and gets just a tickle, short fine leg gives chase and just prevents four


Swann to Jayawardene, FOUR, reverses the hands, ready for a full ball from Swann, paddling it past the infield for four to third man


Swann to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up and turned to midwicket on the front foot


Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, dropped short on the leg side, they hustle through and Morgan's throw to the bowler's end is wayward


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, round the wicket to the left-hander, tossed up outside off and pushed to point, there's a moment's hesitation but the fielder doesn't take it cleanly


Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, flighted outside the line of off, reverse sweeps again but this time to short third man, they still grab one

Here's Cris: "Considering that he's still new to bowling in the subcontinent, Finn's length has been exceptional. The only other bowlers that I can think of who adapted to these pitches so quickly are McGrath and Steyn."

End of over 7 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 53/1 (RR: 7.57)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 27 (27b 2x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 7 (3b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-9-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-3-0

Time for Ravi Bopara and his cutters. You didn't think he was in for his batting, did you?


Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball, seaming in a touch, worked through square leg on the back foot


Bopara to Sangakkara, 2 runs, that's superbly place by Sangakkara, stepping out and flicking the ball from leg stump into a gap between deep backward square and long leg

Bairstow comes back up to the stumps for Sanga


Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, fullish outside off and driven to the man at point


Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up on middle and off, worked back on the leg side and Bopara fields


Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball, on the stumps, tapped towards midwicket for one


Bopara to Jayawardene, no run, beats the outside edge with a length ball that drifts in, Jayawardene prodded from the crease and the ball nestled in Bairstow's gloves

"You read it here first, Bopara is going to bowl a match-winning spell." Gibbo has put his keyboard where his mouth is

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 57/1 (RR: 7.12)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 28 (29b 2x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 10 (7b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 1-0-4-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-9-0

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, gets on the front foot and pushes into a gap at cover


Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, spinning in from outside off, Jayawardene pirouettes and takes one to deep backward square leg


Swann to Sangakkara, no run, is that a drop? Maybe. Sanga trying a back-foot force and beaten by the pace, but it clanged in and out of Bairstow's gloves


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, gets forward and pushes into the off side


Swann to Jayawardene, FOUR, fabulous wrist work from Jaya, reversing the hands again and happy-slapping four to third man

Another fielder goes in to protect the boundary on that side


Swann to Jayawardene, no run, pushed through a touch quicker outside off, blocked to point and fielded quickly

End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 64/1 (RR: 7.11)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 33 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 12 (10b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-16-0
    • RS Bopara 1-0-4-0

Samit Patel on, spin at both ends for England


Patel to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, Sanga is quickly down on one knee to clatter the ball over midwicket but there's a man in the deep and it'll just be one


Patel to Jayawardene, no run, turn and bounce from Patel, Jaya goes back and is beaten past the outside edge


Patel to Jayawardene, FOUR, touch short and wide, lacerates a cut shot through backward point, beats the fielder's dive and gallops into unguarded space


Patel to Jayawardene, no run, floated up on the stumps, hits the pad but sliding past leg


Patel to Jayawardene, FOUR, down the leg side again and swept via a bottom edge, it runs fine and that's four more


Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps and trickled to mid-on for a single

Time for a switch in the comms box: here's Alex Winter...

End of over 10 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 74/1 (RR: 7.40)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 42 (37b 5x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 13 (11b 1x4)
    • SR Patel 1-0-10-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-16-0

Cheers Monty, Swann to continue...


Swann to Jayawardene, OUT, tossed up outside off, slapped towards midwicket and caught! Didn't get the placement right and the fielder runs in and takes a super catch diving forward low to the ground, big wicket for England

DPMD Jayawardene c Morgan b Swann 42 (42m 38b 5x4 1x6) SR: 110.52


Swann to Sangakkara, OUT, tossed up outside off again, edged and caught behind! A thin nick and England have two huge breakthroughs in a couple of balls. It was nicely floated up, Sangakkara pressed forward outside off and got a thin edge through to Bairstow. The batsman looked pretty unhappy but the umpire's finger went up quickly

KC Sangakkara c †Bairstow b Swann 13 (22m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

So Swann on a hat-trick...


Swann to BMAJ Mendis, no run, floated onto off stump, forward and blocked back to the bowler


Swann to BMAJ Mendis, FOUR, hello, massive slog sweep from outside off and gets it to deep midwicket for a one bounce four, fine shot against the spin, big strike, fielder goes back


Swann to BMAJ Mendis, FOUR, this is reversed and four more! Amazing batting, reversed the hands and took it off the same line this time to the third man fence, really well timed again


Swann to BMAJ Mendis, no run, length ball, skids on quicker, blocked around off stump

Huge over for England, even if they conceded two boundaries, Sri Lanka need to use their middle order now, a challenge...

End of over 11 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 82/3 (RR: 7.45)

    • BMAJ Mendis 8 (4b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 0 (0b)
    • GP Swann 3-0-24-2
    • SR Patel 1-0-10-0

Slip stays in for Broad...


Broad to Mathews, no run, yorker length just outside off, swung and missed


Broad to Mathews, no run, length outside off, left alone this time


Broad to Mathews, no run, step down the wicket, swing and a miss to a ball just outside off, length again


Broad to Mathews, no run, length ball, around off stump, punched off the back foot into extra cover


Broad to Mathews, FOUR, length ball outside off, a swing over mid off, welcome boundary, struck well, giving himself a little room outside leg stump


Broad to Mathews, FOUR, full toss on middle but again the batsman backs away and slaps it past mid off for four

They're continuing to swing here Sri Lanka, no let up even though the top three have all fallen...

End of over 12 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 90/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • AD Mathews 8 (6b 2x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 8 (4b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-11-0
    • GP Swann 3-0-24-2

Swann to BMAJ Mendis, 2 runs, length ball around off stump, chipped over extra cover, opened the face past to get it in the gap


Swann to BMAJ Mendis, no run, goes for a huge reverse sweep, slapped straight to point, caught that hard


Swann to BMAJ Mendis, 1 bye, tossed up outside off, big spin and it misses the attempted drive and evades the keeper


Swann to Mathews, 3 byes, and this turns big again, from outside off down the leg side, runs past the keeper again


Swann to BMAJ Mendis, no run, off stump, slapped to extra cover


Swann to BMAJ Mendis, no run, turns for the reverse sweep again and misses, struck on the pad outside off

End of over 13 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 96/3 (RR: 7.38)

    • BMAJ Mendis 10 (9b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 8 (7b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 4-0-26-2
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-11-0

They're having a right old go these two, obviously not wanting England to settle...Bopara returns...


Bopara to Mathews, no run, length ball outside off, goes to guide it to third man and misses


Bopara to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball outside off, cut to cover point


Bopara to BMAJ Mendis, 2 wides, leg side, Bairstow saves well


Bopara to Mathews, 2 runs, full outside off, cracked down wide of long off, couple here


Bopara to Mathews, 1 run, flashed outside off again, a dive at short third man but the edge is just short of Hales, good save though


Bopara to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, floated up, dug out into the off side, sharp single, extra cover does well and they're going to have a check but the dive is in time


Bopara to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball again, blocked towards point

Tidy set from Bopara, he's done Ok so far...

End of over 14 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 104/3 (RR: 7.42)

    • AD Mathews 13 (12b 2x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 11 (10b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 2-0-12-0
    • GP Swann 4-0-26-2

Can these two fire Sri Lanka up past 160, that would be too much for England on a turning pitch surely? Patelreturns...


Patel to Mathews, 2 runs, full ball, punched down the ground, long off comes around and they scramble two


Patel to Mathews, 1 run, back on his stumps, dropped towards short third man and again they scamper through, running has been very good


Patel to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, length ball, sets himself and slaps out to deep square leg, Finn saves well down low


Patel to Mathews, SIX, down the wicket and slugged over midwicket, sails over the rope, he didn't quite get to the pitch but got enough bat on it over the rope


Patel to Mathews, 1 run, punched down to long on


Patel to BMAJ Mendis, SIX, slog swept and it carries all the way for six again, tallest man out there, Finn, on the rope but he can't reach it and another maximum

End of over 15 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 121/3 (RR: 8.06)

    • BMAJ Mendis 18 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 23 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • SR Patel 2-0-27-0
    • RS Bopara 2-0-12-0

What a partnership this is, not perturbed by the loss of the experienced men, just kept swinging and it's great progress...England in trouble...Broad comes back...


Broad to Mathews, FOUR, full ball just outside off, slapped wide of long off, a slide from the fielder and gets it all the way to the rope, top shot again


Broad to Mathews, 1 run, length just outside off, angled down to third man


Broad to BMAJ Mendis, OUT, back of a length, pulled off high on the bat and taken by midwicket. It just skidded on a little bit, he was late on the pull stroke and chipped it not quite over Bopara's head who took a good catch retreating. England needed a wicket badly but that's a great little innings

BMAJ Mendis c Bopara b Broad 18 (21m 13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 138.46


Broad to Mathews, OUT, back of a length and dragged it on another double strike bringing England back into the innings again. Again the pull stroke was late and this is a bottom edge onto leg stump, another well-set man goes

AD Mathews b Broad 28 (24m 19b 3x4 1x6) SR: 147.36

So another hat-trick ball in the innings...


Broad to Perera, 2 runs, back of a length just outside off, guided towards third man where Dernbach slides and saves brilliantly


Broad to Perera, no run, short ball rears up and it's kept out on the crease

Great over from Broad, his side really needed something...

End of over 16 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 128/5 (RR: 8.00)

    • NLTC Perera 2 (2b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 0 (0b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-18-2
    • SR Patel 2-0-27-0

Do Sri Lanka keep swinging here or try and settle for a couple of overs? Four overs, they'd like 160 at least...Finn for his last...


Finn to Thirimanne, no run, full and just wide of off stump, dug out towards point


Finn to Thirimanne, no run, length ball, sliding across the left-hander, goes to drive without moving the feet, misses


Finn to Thirimanne, 1 run, outside off, fuller this time, cracked out to deep cover


Finn to Perera, no run, outside off, goes for the vacant midwicket area on the pull, misses by a distance, beaten for pace


Finn to Perera, 2 runs, short ball outside of, sliced in the air, just over mid off's head, Broad couldn't get across in time with the dive, unlucky for Finn, one short too, poor running for once


Finn to Perera, 1 leg bye, yorker length on leg stump, runs off the pad towards point

Top over from Finn, just what England needed, that's another fine set from him today...

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 132/5 (RR: 7.76)

    • NLTC Perera 4 (5b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 1 (3b)
    • ST Finn 4-0-24-1
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-18-2

Three to go, can Sri Lanka find some late momentum...Dernbach to bowl, was expensive before...


Dernbach to Perera, 1 wide, and starts down the leg side


Dernbach to Perera, 2 runs, full ball on the stumps, whipped out towards midwicket and can't quite take it, just didn't pick it up properly and it falls in front of him by a fraction, saved the boundary though


Dernbach to Perera, SIX, length ball and this time crashed over deep square leg's head, smashed that was, flat six

Dernbach has not been on the money for England in the last few games...


Dernbach to Perera, no run, yorker length outside off, reached for and missed


Dernbach to Perera, no run, bumper outside off, ignored, hoping for the wide I think but it was within the margins


Dernbach to Perera, 1 run, fired in to off stump, a swing brings an inside edge down to long leg, Finn scrambles well and saves the second


Dernbach to Thirimanne, SIX, sets himself and slugs it from outside off over long on, big strike and a great time to pick up a maximum

Another expensive set from Dernbach, was trusted by being brought back into the side today and that is not what his country were after...

End of over 18 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 148/5 (RR: 8.22)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 7 (4b 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 13 (10b 1x6)
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-35-0
    • ST Finn 4-0-24-1

Perera is a huge hitter, can he provide some more damage now...Broad is back...


Broad to Perera, 1 wide, full but too wide outside off


Broad to Perera, SIX, oh that is huge, slapped from outside off, on a length just outside off and picked up brilliantly, clubbed over the fielder, not a great delivery though, in the slot


Broad to Perera, 1 run, much better, full and wide, carved down to third man


Broad to Thirimanne, 2 runs, length again, slugged into the leg side, doesn't get it and bloops short of the deep square leg, another couple though


Broad to Thirimanne, FOUR, full toss around leg stump, backs away and angles it past backward point for four to third man, very lucky, leading edge was trying to go leg side


Broad to Thirimanne, OUT, slower ball on the stump and a swing and a miss and out goes the off stump. Broad gets his man but damage done here. Was trying to go big over the leg side and missed by a distance

HDRL Thirimanne b Broad 13 (17m 7b 1x4 1x6) SR: 185.71


Broad to Kulasekara, no run, cutter that comes back in from a length and just goes past the off stump as it was tried to be back-cut

Good comeback but again, an expensive over...

End of over 19 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 162/6 (RR: 8.52)

    • KMDN Kulasekara 0 (1b)
    • NLTC Perera 20 (12b 2x6)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-32-3
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-35-0

So all guns blazing here for 170...Dernbach needs a comeback over...


Dernbach to Perera, 1 run, length around middle and leg, whacked to deep square leg, fielded well


Dernbach to Kulasekara, 1 run, yorker-length, slapped down to long off, got the delivery slightly too full

Around the wicket...


Dernbach to Perera, 2 runs, full just outside off and they take two to long off, that is not great fielding at all, it was straight to the man coming in off the rope, poor throw from Buttler


Dernbach to Perera, 2 runs, another good yorker, dug out to extra cover, a stupid throw gives away an overthrow


Dernbach to Perera, 1 run, slower short ball, paddled out to deep square leg


Dernbach to Kulasekara, no run, full and outside off, left alone thinking it was wide but you don't get a wide when you step across your stumps

Innings break So a dot to finish but Sri Lanka have put up a very good total. England managed to take wickets, they managed to get rid of the top three pretty sharpish but Sri Lanka kept coming, boundaries kept coming, and a gut instinct would say they've got 15 too many for England here. It's going to take a superb effort with the bat for England to win this and qualify. Monty back with you very shortly...

End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 169/6

    • KMDN Kulasekara 1 (3b)
    • NLTC Perera 26 (16b 2x6)
    • JW Dernbach 4-0-42-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-32-3





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