ICC Cricket World Cup, 4th Quarter-Final: Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Mar 26, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th quarter final
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets (with 63 balls remaining)
26 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Afternoon all. Sahil here. England scrapped towards something competitive. 229 was about 10 short but 230 chasing in a knockout match is worth about 240 which sets this up rather delicately. England have a final huddle, might be the last time they can hear each other this evening. As Shastri might tell you, this first hour is crucial. If the openers get off to a flier against Tremlett 230 will seem a world closer. Tim Bresnan will have the first over, surely England will go with spin from the other end. Which makes my above tattle about Tremlett nonsense. Anyway, slip in place, here we go....

0.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, swing first up! Actual swing. Comes back to Tharanga as he aims to cut and cramps him for room

0.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, swing again, from bat and ball and it's a play and miss outside off stump. Tharanga aiming another cut shot

0.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga is desperately seeking room outside off, gets the slightest hint and crashes to point

0.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, shape back into Tharanga from back of a length. Defended to cover. In the meantime England have a pop at Dilshan who is full of chat in response

0.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, 2 leg byes, Bresnan loses his line and it thuds off the pads past Prior leaving a knackered Jonathan Trott to scoot round from fine leg and cut off inside the rope

0.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, solid finish to a solid opening over from Bresnan. Back of a length and defended

End of over 1 (2 runs, maiden) Sri Lanka 2/0 (228 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 4.65)

    • WU Tharanga 0 (6b)
    • TM Dilshan 0 (0b)
    • TT Bresnan 1-1-0-0

Spin it is, Graeme Swann first up. England's best bowler, possibly the world's best spinner. Huge job on his hands with Dilshan on strike. Slip in place...

1.1

Swann to Dilshan, no run, ooh, Dilshan flashes at width outside off but the ball spins back sharply to find an inside edge

1.2

Swann to Dilshan, no run, down the leg side here, spinning again and Prior collects

1.3

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, prodded carefully with the spin into the midwicket region

1.4

Swann to Tharanga, no run, ooh, Swann loves a left-hander and this has spun more than anything today. Looping onto a length and ripping past a groping outside edge

1.5

Swann to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga very careful after that, playing late and under his eyes

1.6

Swann to Tharanga, 3 runs, good work from Tharanga, backing himself to drive despite big turn, leans into the shot, threads past a diving short cover and only a slow outfield prevents four

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (224 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 4.66)

    • WU Tharanga 3 (9b)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (3b)
    • GP Swann 1-0-4-0
    • TT Bresnan 1-1-0-0
2.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, short and a hint of width, Bresnan has suffered at Tharanga's hands many years ago but this will stir the memories. Mullered through backward point

2.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga shaping up to go big again, just wants to free his arms outside off. No room here though to it trickles to cover

2.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, 2 runs, wrong length again, wrong line too. Tharanga happily scythes a cut down to Tremlett at third man

2.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, Tremlett into action again at third man, always looks a touch precarious getting down to field, this flies off a thickish edge but generous room from Bresnan once more

2.5

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, much tighter on off stump to Dilshan, which you really have to be. Hanging leg side Dilshan still manages to flash to point but without much power

2.6

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, much fuller length, straighter too. Probably the best place to bowl to Dilshan and it's stroked back to the bowler

End of over 3 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0 (217 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 4.61)

    • TM Dilshan 1 (5b)
    • WU Tharanga 10 (13b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 2-1-7-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-4-0
3.1

Swann to Tharanga, no run, tossed invitingly from Swann, imploring something silly from Tharanga but it's carefully defended

3.2

Swann to Tharanga, SIX, how about that, first six of the match! Tharanga skips down the wicket, eases his arms through the ball and sends it sailing into the sightscreen

3.3

Swann to Tharanga, 1 run, haha, excellent response from Swann who tosses it up even higher. Driven back hard, and it cannons off the non-striker's bat but they take the run anyway

3.4

Swann to Dilshan, no run, plenty of spin here again, into Dilshan as he tries to edge up the wicket

3.5

Swann to Dilshan, no run, this is really ragging, Dilshan wants room outside off but it follows him onto the pads

3.6

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, nicely done from the batsman, calmly threading past the bowler for a single down the ground

Good start this from Sri Lanka. Nothing silly attempted just laying the platform.

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 21/0 (209 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 4.54)

    • TM Dilshan 2 (8b)
    • WU Tharanga 17 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 2-0-12-0
    • TT Bresnan 2-1-7-0
4.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, ooh, somehow Dilshan survives! Bouncer dug in and beat Dilshan for pace, ended up spooning it just over midwicket's head

4.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, fuller from Bresnan, much fuller and Tharanga will feel he missed out on his pads there

4.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, good line, hanging it around off stump. Tharanga back and solid in defence

4.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga calmly defends from the crease. Plenty of room on the leg side so the line has to be good

4.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, Bresnan maintains a very tight line and Tharanga is as tight in defence

4.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, excellent over drags things back a touch, finishes very straight, back of a length and Tharanga coolly stands tall to block

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 22/0 (208 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 4.62)

    • WU Tharanga 17 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 3 (9b)
    • TT Bresnan 3-1-8-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-12-0
5.1

Swann to Dilshan, FOUR, Swann offers some air but overpitches and Dilshan climbs into the drive, pinging it all along the ground through the covers for four

5.2

Swann to Dilshan, no run, Swann puts plenty on this and drags it down as a result. The turn ensures there is no space for Dilshan to free his arms

5.3

Swann to Dilshan, 3 runs, oh dear, Luke Wright misfields at point to turn a dot ball into three. Swann is not amused

5.4

Swann to Tharanga, no run, Swann looks more comfortable against the left-hander and Tharanga defends

5.5

Swann to Tharanga, 1 wide, quicker ball is speared down leg, Prior hopped across to save

5.5

Swann to Tharanga, no run, held back a touch from Swann and has Tharanga reaching for this

5.6

Swann to Tharanga, no run, ooh, good cricket here as Tharanga skips down the wicket and Swann fires it in quicker. Almost squeezes through. This is brewing nicely

End of over 6 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 30/0 (200 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.54)

    • WU Tharanga 17 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 10 (12b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 3-0-20-0
    • TT Bresnan 3-1-8-0

Change in bowling here. After Bresnan's good over here's Tremlett.

6.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, good start from Tremlett, hammering a length but some zipping extra bounce takes it over Dilshan's flashing blade

6.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, strangled shot as Tremlett fires in a fuller ball, just sliding into Dilshan and rapping him on the pads. Was heading down leg

6.3

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, how has that missed!? Jagged back from a length and sliced Dilshan in two, heading just over the stumps. That ball came back a long, long way. Good start from Tremlett here

6.4

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, the bowler is lucky to get away with this, floated up full outside off stump but Dilshan went a touch too hard at his drive

6.5

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, floated up to drive again, Dilshan leant back and flung his arms at it, flew off the edge down to third man

6.6

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, Tremlett ends an excellent first over by landing this on a length, seaming into the batsman who defends with an inside edge

End of over 7 (1 run) Sri Lanka 31/0 (199 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 4.62)

    • WU Tharanga 17 (25b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 11 (17b 1x4)
    • CT Tremlett 1-0-1-0
    • GP Swann 3-0-20-0

Well well, here's Ravi Bopara.

7.1

Bopara to Dilshan, FOUR, not a great start to the spell, dishes up length outside off and it's slashed backwards of point for four

7.2

Bopara to Dilshan, 4 byes, this is indecently close to off stump! Somehow it misses and Dilshan flashes a drive, might even have clipped a stump but the bail was unmoved and it beat Prior and raced away for four

7.3

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan is still swinging away merrily, not much timing here though

7.4

Bopara to Dilshan, 1 run, ooh, Dilshan is lucky again. Bopara sliding it back into him and an inside edge from a flashing blade saves the batsman

7.5

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga more careful and misses out on a leg-side flick as Bopara heads onto the pads

7.6

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, Bopara finds the pads again from a slightly shorter length. There's a touch of movement out there to keep England interested but it's an ideal start for Sri Lanka

End of over 8 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 40/0 (190 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.52)

    • WU Tharanga 17 (27b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 16 (21b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 1-0-5-0
    • CT Tremlett 1-0-1-0
8.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, somehow Tremlett has got away with this, floating up a half-volley that Dilshan carves to cover

8.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, FOUR, this time Dilshan doesn't miss out. This isn't actually a half-volley but Dilshan backed himself to thrash through the covers and got all of it

8.3

Tremlett to Dilshan, 2 runs, not the place to bowl, shortish of a good length sits up asking for trouble. Dilshan hangs back and swishes to square leg

8.4

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, much better ball, fuller and straight. Dilshan offers utmost respect in defence

8.5

Tremlett to Dilshan, FOUR, Sri Lanka are flying now! Fifty stand as Tremlett dishes up some filth short and wide outside off and it's crashed to the point boundary

8.6

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, this was hit even harder, but straight to point. Strauss immediately calls for a change at Tremlett's end

End of over 9 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 50/0 (180 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 4.39)

    • TM Dilshan 26 (27b 4x4)
    • WU Tharanga 17 (27b 1x4 1x6)
    • CT Tremlett 2-0-11-0
    • RS Bopara 1-0-5-0
9.1

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, Bopara full outside off and Tharanga steers to point

9.2

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, wow, this swings a long way and past the outside edge

9.3

Bopara to Tharanga, FOUR, on the pads and Tharanga lifts it high and hard towards the midwicket boundary. Sri Lanka motoring and shades of England's quarter-final pasting at their hands in 1996 now

9.4

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, mishit drive goes uppish towards Bopara

9.5

Bopara to Tharanga, 3 runs, on the pads will always be trouble for the bowler and Tharanga helps himself by tucking three straight of midwicket

9.6

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, crashes to Strauss at short cover

Great start from the home team, here's Gnasher to pull it back.

End of over 10 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 57/0 (173 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.70, RRR: 4.32)

    • TM Dilshan 26 (28b 4x4)
    • WU Tharanga 24 (32b 2x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 2-0-12-0
    • CT Tremlett 2-0-11-0

Cheers Sahil. England desperate for a wicket and here comes James Tredwell. And no Powerplay

10.1

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, round the wicket, on off stump and pushed into the off side

10.2

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, on middle and off, Tharanga easily onto the front foot

10.3

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, defended into the covers

10.4

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, this one takes an inside edge into the leg side

10.5

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, ooh, nearly finds a leading edge as he tries to play to the leg side

10.6

Tredwell to Tharanga, 1 run, worked down to long on and that's a steady start for Tredwell

End of over 11 (1 run) Sri Lanka 58/0 (172 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.27, RRR: 4.41)

    • WU Tharanga 25 (38b 2x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 26 (28b 4x4)
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-1-0
    • RS Bopara 2-0-12-0

Andrew Strauss ringing the changes as Luke Wright comes into the attack

11.1

Wright to Tharanga, no run, starts on the pads but Tharanga doesn't make contact

11.2

Wright to Tharanga, no run, angling towards leg stump and again the batsman falls over as he tries to work it away

11.3

Wright to Tharanga, no run, defends a straight ball into the leg side

11.4

Wright to Tharanga, 1 run, touch shorter and it's work wide of midwicket

11.5

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, ooh, bit of nibble for Wright and the movement into Dilshan finds the inside edge which scoots out to deep square

11.6

Wright to Tharanga, 1 run, nicely driven back past a diving Wright down to long on

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 61/0 (169 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 4.44)

    • WU Tharanga 27 (43b 2x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 27 (29b 4x4)
    • LJ Wright 1-0-3-0
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-1-0
12.1

Tredwell to Tharanga, 1 run, low full toss which is comfortably pushed down to long on

12.2

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, ooh, almost the breakthrough but Dilshan's back-cut flew just wide of Strauss at slip

12.3

Tredwell to Tharanga, FOUR, that's a lovely shot, slightly overpitched outside off and excellent footwork means he can drive through the covers

12.4

Tredwell to Tharanga, 1 run, close again! Tremlett appears to lose this as he's very late to run in from the boundary. Tredwell had beaten Tharanga in the air with a lovely piece of bowling but it ended up landing short of long off

12.5

Tredwell to Dilshan, no run, defended to the off side

12.6

Tredwell to Dilshan, no run, skips down the pitch then drives to cover...the openers so far giving a lesson in how to play spin

End of over 13 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 68/0 (162 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.23, RRR: 4.37)

    • TM Dilshan 28 (32b 4x4)
    • WU Tharanga 33 (46b 3x4 1x6)
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-8-0
    • LJ Wright 1-0-3-0
13.1

Wright to Tharanga, 2 wides, down the leg side and that's hurt Prior as he doesn't glove it cleanly

13.1

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, worked away out to deep square

13.2

Wright to Tharanga, 1 run, on leg stump and that's an easy shot to pick out deep square-leg

13.3

Wright to Dilshan, no run, touch wide but Dilshan misses his cut...England still await an edge

13.4

Wright to Dilshan, no run, very full and driven to mid-on

13.5

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, more good fortune for Dilshan as he drives in the air wide of cover...he's lived a charmed life in this innings, bit like Morgan did earlier

13.6

Wright to Tharanga, 1 run, clipped neatly down to long on

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 74/0 (156 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 4.33)

    • WU Tharanga 35 (48b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 30 (36b 4x4)
    • LJ Wright 2-0-9-0
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-8-0
14.1

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, full on off stump and driven to short cover

14.2

Tredwell to Tharanga, 1 run, short on leg stump, he plays back and works out to deep midwicket

14.3

Tredwell to Dilshan, no run, on middle, Dilshan defends on the front foot

14.4

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, opens the face as he drives to find the gap at cover...the innings has calmed down a little now

Sri Lanka well ahead of the pace

14.5

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, what a beauty! Lovely drift then it spun past the outside edge

14.6

Tredwell to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed into the off side for an easy single

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 77/0 (153 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.13, RRR: 4.37)

    • WU Tharanga 37 (52b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 31 (38b 4x4)
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-11-0
    • LJ Wright 2-0-9-0
15.1

Wright to Tharanga, no run, good line on middle and off, played into the covers

15.2

Wright to Tharanga, no run, tucked off leg stump to midwicket

15.3

Wright to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, wrong line again, on the pads but it only dribbles away into the leg side for a single

15.4

Wright to Dilshan, no run, angling into the pads of the right hander then bobbles into the leg side

15.5

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, driven neatly to the left of mid-off who is inside the circle

15.6

Wright to Tharanga, no run, good work by Wright in his follow through as he gets a hand on a punchy shot from Tharanga

End of over 16 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 79/0 (151 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.93, RRR: 4.44)

    • WU Tharanga 37 (56b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 32 (40b 4x4)
    • LJ Wright 3-0-10-0
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-11-0
16.1

Tredwell to Dilshan, SIX, that's a big blow...superb footwork from Dilshan then he drives high and handsome over wide long off

16.2

Tredwell to Dilshan, no run, nice response from Tredwell as Dilshan is beaten outside off when trying to push into the off side

16.3

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, now goes back in the crease to nudge a single into the square-leg area...superb manipulation of a spinner

16.4

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, rocks back and guides to backward point

16.5

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, onto the front foot driving to cover

16.6

Tredwell to Tharanga, 1 run, more air this time, very full and Tharanga drives out to the cover sweeper

End of over 17 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 87/0 (143 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 4.33)

    • WU Tharanga 38 (59b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 39 (43b 4x4 1x6)
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-19-0
    • LJ Wright 3-0-10-0

Graeme Swann comes back into the attack. England have made an art of fighting back, but this is a huge task now. Slip in place

17.1

Swann to Tharanga, no run, round the wicket, a low full toss is clipped to midwicket

17.2

Swann to Tharanga, 1 wide, pushed down the leg side and doesn't touch anything

17.2

Swann to Tharanga, 1 run, driven gently down the ground to long off

Short leg in for Dilshan

17.3

Swann to Dilshan, no run, opens the face and runs it to short third-man

17.4

Swann to Dilshan, FOUR, down the pitch and gets a thick outside which flies past short third-man, racing to the boundary...Swann actually did Dilshan in the air

17.5

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, swift footwork and driven out to deep cover

17.6

Swann to Tharanga, no run, defended into the off side

And on a hot, humid evening the players with take a drink with Sri Lanka firmly in control

End of over 18 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 94/0 (136 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.22, RRR: 4.25)

    • WU Tharanga 39 (62b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 44 (46b 5x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 4-0-27-0
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-19-0

Tim Bresnan back into the attack

18.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, starts well on middle stump, Dilshan defends into the off side

18.2

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, takes the pad behind square on the leg side

Slip in place

18.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, full outside off, driven out to deep cover

18.4

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, banged in short outside off and it loops gently through to Prior

18.5

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, brings out the pull against this short ball and helps it down to long leg

18.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, that's nicely done, it may have looked streaky but he was in control of the strike as he opened the face and guided down to third man well wide of the line slip

That's an expertly played 100 stand...ideal base for Sri Lanka

End of over 19 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 101/0 (129 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.31, RRR: 4.16)

    • WU Tharanga 44 (64b 4x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 45 (50b 5x4 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 4-1-14-0
    • GP Swann 4-0-27-0
19.1

Swann to Dilshan, 4 byes, beaten by a beauty, but it goes for four byes as it spins between bat and pad then beats Matt Prior

19.2

Swann to Dilshan, no run, comes forward and pushes to backward point

19.3

Swann to Dilshan, no run, down the pitch and drills a drive to short cover

19.4

Swann to Dilshan, 2 runs, swept into Bell at short leg who premeditated the shot and was skipping around from his position then it flies away to square leg

19.5

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, driven off the back foot into the covers

19.6

Swann to Tharanga, no run, worked into the leg side

For the next 10 overs it's over to Sahil

End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 108/0 (122 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 4.06)

    • WU Tharanga 44 (65b 4x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 48 (55b 5x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 5-0-30-0
    • TT Bresnan 4-1-14-0

Thanks Gnasher, I haven't taken a wicket all day. The match could do with a few now...

20.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, this slides off the edge down to third man. England dragging themselves around now

20.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, up on the toes and Tharanga flicks hard, all along the ground to deep square

The stadium is heaving now. Party has all but started!

20.3

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan gets his 50, from 57 deliveries. Made what looked like a tough chase a cakewalk. Treads through the covers and waves his bat towards his dressing room

20.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, dug in short and Tharanga dips underneath it

20.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga stands still in his crease and pats to cover

20.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, again Tharanga stands still but this time eases his arms through the line, sending the ball over mid-off and thudding into the fence

End of over 21 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 115/0 (115 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 3.96)

    • WU Tharanga 49 (69b 5x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 50 (57b 5x4 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 5-1-21-0
    • GP Swann 5-0-30-0

Sri Lanka halfway to the total now.

21.1

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, Swann tosses one up around off stump but Dilshan confidently steps into a drive for a single to cover

21.2

Swann to Tharanga, 1 run, fifty for Tharanga now, pushes it down to long-on and jogs through for a single. The crowd applause is constant now

21.3

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, excellent fielding from Bresnan on the midwicket boundary, hares in and dives forward and if he were pouncing to eat the ball to cut off a very hard-hit sweep

21.4

Swann to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga places this into space to jog a single

21.5

Swann to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan is middling everything now, even his forward-blocks and crashing to the fielders

21.6

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, touch slower from Swann, Dilshan waits and chops behind square

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 120/0 (110 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.45, RRR: 3.92)

    • TM Dilshan 53 (61b 5x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 51 (71b 5x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 6-0-35-0
    • TT Bresnan 5-1-21-0
22.1

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, Tredwell is back and starts a touch short, Dilshan hops back and chops to deep point

22.2

Tredwell to Tharanga, 1 run, carefully punched into space

22.3

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan waits on the back foot and aims a cut

22.4

Tredwell to Tharanga, no run, firmly driven through cover

22.5

Tredwell to Tharanga, 1 run, enough space here outside off to Tharanga to squeeze a cut away

22.6

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, full-face of the bat sends this for a riskless single down to long-off

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 125/0 (105 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.43, RRR: 3.88)

    • TM Dilshan 56 (64b 5x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 53 (74b 5x4 1x6)
    • JC Tredwell 5-0-24-0
    • GP Swann 6-0-35-0

Strauss juggles his act and produces Tremlett. A triple-wicket maiden might keep things interesting.

23.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, starts with a horrid ball, dragged short and wide outside off. Dilshan missed a cut for no good reason

23.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, better delivery here around off stump and Dilshan carves to point

23.3

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, enough width on offer again for Dilshan to flash away to deep point

23.4

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, pace and bounce climbs past a groping outside edge

23.5

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, good delivery again here. Fuller and a hint of movement away. Tharanga solid in defence

23.6

Tremlett to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, swing into Tharanga this time, veered towards the pads but the leg-side flick was missed.

Good comeback over but not full of wickets. England still have not taken the bowling Powerplay. Nasser Hussain reckons it's time to gamble. Nothing to lose I guess.

End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 127/0 (103 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.29, RRR: 3.96)

    • WU Tharanga 53 (77b 5x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 57 (67b 5x4 1x6)
    • CT Tremlett 3-0-12-0
    • JC Tredwell 5-0-24-0

Bopara is Strauss's choice to find a breakthrough.

24.1

Bopara to Tharanga, FOUR, starts with a waist-high slower-ball full toss that Tharanga dismisses from his sight by crashing down the ground

24.2

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, on a length and line this time and Tharanga blocks

24.3

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, full of length, Tharanga clears his front leg and crashes to mid-on

24.4

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, touch shorter and Tharanga steers to point

24.5

Bopara to Tharanga, 1 run, clipped around the corner to an easy single

24.6

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan shapes for a booming drive but ends up more secure, pushing to cover

End of over 25 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 132/0 (98 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 3.92)

    • TM Dilshan 57 (68b 5x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 58 (82b 6x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 3-0-17-0
    • CT Tremlett 3-0-12-0
25.1

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, Tremlett again hammers one on a length and spears it away past the outside edge

25.2

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, dropped! England needed some luck and Tremlett's right hand almost found it. Tharanga crashed it back at the bowler and it hit the hand before falling to ground

25.3

Tremlett to Tharanga, 1 run, steered wide of point for a single

25.4

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan aims a big drive and without timing it perfectly finds cover

25.5

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, more controlled shot from Dilshan, standing tall to punch to deep cover

25.6

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, good delivery here, swinging back into Tharanga who digs out a yorker. There is some movement out there

End of over 26 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 134/0 (96 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 4.00)

    • WU Tharanga 59 (86b 6x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 58 (70b 5x4 1x6)
    • CT Tremlett 4-0-14-0
    • RS Bopara 3-0-17-0
26.1

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, Bopara floats one up on a length and Dilshan leans a drive to cover

26.2

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, sliding into the batsman again, cramping for space as Dilshan aims a cut

26.3

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, flash and a miss outside off. Just a lazy period for these two batsman at the moment

26.4

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, good lines from Bopara, sliding onto middle stump and leaving Dilshan nowhere to go

26.5

Bopara to Dilshan, 1 bye, play and miss outside off. Dilshan flashed loosely and Prior spilled the take which allowed a bye

Good little period for England here, ball just zipping around.

26.6

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, ooh, flash and a miss again outside off. Prior again spills the take and boots the turf in disgust

End of over 27 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 135/0 (95 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.13)

    • WU Tharanga 59 (87b 6x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 58 (75b 5x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 4-1-17-0
    • CT Tremlett 4-0-14-0
27.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, touch of swing here into Dilshan who digs it out and clips with the angle to midwicket

27.2

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, very firm drive but straight to mid-off

27.3

Tremlett to Tharanga, 1 run, width allows Tharanga to drive to deep point

27.4

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, Tremlett in the middle of a good spell, all a touch late though. Dilshan drives hard to point

27.5

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, ooh, the period of pressure almost paid off as Dilshan slashed uppishly towards third man but it reached on the bounce

27.6

Tremlett to Tharanga, 2 runs, dropped again. Tremlett again. Smashed back at him, easier chance this time to his left, two hands to it but it burst through

End of over 28 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 140/0 (90 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.09)

    • WU Tharanga 62 (90b 6x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 60 (78b 5x4 1x6)
    • CT Tremlett 5-0-19-0
    • RS Bopara 4-1-17-0
28.1

Bopara to Dilshan, FOUR, finally Dilshan releases the pressure. Drilling a full-blooded drive over mid-off's head for four. Really went hard and flat to the ropes

28.2

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, Bopara is lucky to get away with this, heading down the leg side but finds the pads

28.3

Bopara to Dilshan, 1 run, shortish and Dilshan swishes his pull shot down to midwicket

28.4

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, very careful and respectful defence to point

28.5

Bopara to Tharanga, no run, back of a length and hurrying onto Tharanga who blocks

28.6

Bopara to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, thuds off the pads and dribbles away on the leg side to end the over

End of over 29 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 146/0 (84 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 4.00)

    • WU Tharanga 62 (93b 6x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 65 (81b 6x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 5-1-22-0
    • CT Tremlett 5-0-19-0

Tremlett has been whipped out of the attack. Bresnan is back and the Powerplay has been called.

29.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, steered to third man very easily by Tharanga

29.2

Bresnan to Dilshan, 2 runs, hammered short of a length, wide too and Dilshan cuts to deep point

29.3

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, fuller this time, straighter too and blocked to cover

29.4

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, Bresnan veers onto the pads and Dilshan tucks away a single to bring up the Sri Lanka 150

29.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, flash and a miss outside off. No real reason why

29.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga looks a touch bored out there, here he mistimes a heave down the ground.

Righty, Sri Lanka coasting and Gnasher to tell you more.

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 151/0 (79 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 3.95)

    • WU Tharanga 64 (96b 6x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 68 (84b 6x4 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 6-1-26-0
    • RS Bopara 5-1-22-0

Thanks Sahil...this is only going one way. It's been excellent cricket from Sri Lanka's openers. James Tredwell back into the attack

30.1

Tredwell to Tharanga, 1 run, round the wicket, on middle and pushed easily down the ground

30.2

Tredwell to Dilshan, FOUR, connects with a powerful sweep from outside off and sends it racing through square leg

30.3

Tredwell to Dilshan, FOUR, no holding back now, the field is up and Dilshan is on the charge as he comes down the pitch and lofts Tredwell inside out over cover

30.4

Tredwell to Dilshan, no run, goes back to cut but doesn't make contact and is angry with himself

30.5

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, down the track outside leg stump and drives firmly to cover who can't stop it cleanly

30.6

Tredwell to Tharanga, FOUR, this is outstanding batting, lofts it clean over cover with precise footwork and a confident strike. Tredwell taken apart

End of over 31 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 165/0 (65 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.32, RRR: 3.42)

    • WU Tharanga 69 (98b 7x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 77 (88b 8x4 1x6)
    • JC Tredwell 6-0-38-0
    • TT Bresnan 6-1-26-0
31.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, driven firmly into the off side

31.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, full on the stumps and forced back to Bresnan in his follow through

31.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, gives himself room and slashes away square through the off side...that came off the bat with real heat

31.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, full again and driven down to mid-off

31.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, a slower, loopy bouncer outside off stump and Tharanga just watches it go through

31.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, 2 runs, now he goes over the leg side, lofted towards deep midwicket but it's chased down by Jonathan Trott

England have only lost by 10 wickets four times in ODI history. Twice to Sri Lanka.

End of over 32 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 172/0 (58 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 3.22)

    • WU Tharanga 75 (103b 8x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 78 (89b 8x4 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 7-1-33-0
    • JC Tredwell 6-0-38-0

Dice being thrown everywhere by Strauss. Luke Wright back into the attack

32.1

Wright to Dilshan, no run, pushed into the leg side

32.2

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, worked out to deep square-leg

32.3

Wright to Tharanga, FOUR, power and placement from Tharanga as he threads this through the covers with a flowing drive

32.4

Wright to Tharanga, 1 run, full on the stumps and dug out down to long on

32.5

Wright to Dilshan, no run, ah, Dilshan tries to bring his scoop shot but it doesn't quite work as it comes off the toe and loops short of point...a few smiles between batsman and bowler

32.6

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, hint of swing, flicked into the leg side

End of over 33 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 179/0 (51 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 3.00)

    • TM Dilshan 80 (93b 8x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 80 (105b 9x4 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 4-0-17-0
    • TT Bresnan 7-1-33-0
33.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, oh my goodness, Dilshan has just hurled his bat towards square leg after losing his grip while trying to play a pull shot...smiles all round

33.2

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, connects with the pull this and keeps hold of his bat

33.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, round the wicket and beautifully struck straight down the ground through mid-on...a shot of high class

33.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, cut away out to deep cover

Tim Bresnan is probably not too fond of Upul Tharanga. He bowled to him in the 2006 series in England when England lost 5-0.

33.5

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked through the leg side...very easy now for Sri Lanka

33.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, some frustration there from Bresnan as he bangs in a short ball that Tharanga sways away from

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 186/0 (44 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 2.75)

    • WU Tharanga 85 (108b 10x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 82 (96b 8x4 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 8-1-40-0
    • LJ Wright 4-0-17-0

For what could be his last spell of a long winter here's Graeme Swann

34.1

Swann to Dilshan, SIX, and he's been greeted by a thumping sweep for six over deep square-leg...that's the biggest part of the ground

34.2

Swann to Dilshan, no run, sharp spin and Dilshan almost chops on as he tries to cut

34.3

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, paddled through short fine-leg

34.4

Swann to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed down to long off

34.5

Swann to Dilshan, no run, tries to find a gap at cover but there's no run this time

34.6

Swann to Dilshan, 2 runs, goes down early and sweeps it very fine with a touch of deftness

End of over 35 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 196/0 (34 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 2.26)

    • TM Dilshan 91 (101b 8x4 2x6)
    • WU Tharanga 86 (109b 10x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 7-0-45-0
    • TT Bresnan 8-1-40-0

Chris Tremlett gets another chance

35.1

Tremlett to Tharanga, 1 run, whipped from around off stump wide of mid-on

35.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, comes half forward and it finds an inside edge to deep square-leg

35.3

Tremlett to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length and it's pulled into midwicket without much timing

35.4

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, dragged down short on leg stump and it's pulled easily to fine leg

35.5

Tremlett to Tharanga, 2 runs, lovely shot as he angles the bat down to third man when offered some width...nice piece of footwork stops the boundary

35.6

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, doesn't time this pull as he rolls to mid-on

This is the second double-century stand for this pair at the World Cup. They are a formidable duo

End of over 36 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 202/0 (28 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.61, RRR: 2.00)

    • WU Tharanga 90 (113b 10x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 93 (103b 8x4 2x6)
    • CT Tremlett 6-0-25-0
    • GP Swann 7-0-45-0

It's a race to a hundred for these two. Who'll be first?

36.1

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, down the pitch to a full toss and driven to long off

36.2

Swann to Tharanga, 1 run, worked down to long on

Appears that Tharanga now has a runner...not sure why. Silva is out there

36.3

Swann to Dilshan, no run, defended back to the bowler

36.4

Swann to Dilshan, 2 runs, steps back and cuts between cover and backward point...Dilshan still quick between the wickets

36.5

Swann to Dilshan, FOUR, there it is, a brilliant hundred for Dilshan...another cut shot brings him the boundary he needed, this time it was placed with the power to beat the infield. A moment to savour for Dilshan who is having a wonderful tournament

36.6

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, tucked off his pads so he keeps the strike

End of over 37 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 211/0 (19 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.70, RRR: 1.46)

    • TM Dilshan 101 (108b 9x4 2x6)
    • WU Tharanga 91 (114b 10x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 8-0-54-0
    • CT Tremlett 6-0-25-0
37.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length, cut firmly down to third man

Tharanga needs nine for his hundred

37.2

Tremlett to Tharanga, FOUR, there are four of them, stands tall and scythes it away over backward point when offered a hint of width...no holding back

37.3

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, round the wicket, goes for a pull but it comes off the bottom of the bat

37.4

Tremlett to Tharanga, 1 run, pulls this one away out to deep square...will he have a word with his team-mate to block a few?

37.5

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, another short ball which is helped out to deep square...looks like Dilshan has cramp. Shall we have two runners?

37.6

Tremlett to Tharanga, 2 wides, fired well down the leg side, excellent stop by Prior but they steal another extra as well

37.6

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, plays for his partner and defends to the leg side

End of over 38 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 220/0 (10 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.78, RRR: 0.83)

    • TM Dilshan 103 (111b 9x4 2x6)
    • WU Tharanga 96 (117b 11x4 1x6)
    • CT Tremlett 7-0-34-0
    • GP Swann 8-0-54-0
38.1

Swann to Tharanga, 1 run, driven inside-out over extra cover

38.2

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, played gently down to long off

38.3

Swann to Tharanga, 1 run, worked down the ground...they'll happily get them in singles

38.4

Swann to Dilshan, FOUR, steps back and cuts through the off side...lovely shot, but that won't help Tharanga

Ha...both batsmen knew that wasn't part of the plan

38.5

Swann to Dilshan, no run, now we have an exaggerated block from Dilshan to basically a long hop

38.6

Swann to Dilshan, no run, this is given so much air and is so slow, but still Dilshan defends...a good natured finish to the match

End of over 39 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 227/0 (3 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.82, RRR: 0.27)

    • TM Dilshan 108 (115b 10x4 2x6)
    • WU Tharanga 98 (119b 11x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 9-0-61-0
    • CT Tremlett 7-0-34-0

Three to win, two for Tharanga's hundred. One shot anyone?

39.1

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, ooh, gives himself room to try and drive but mistimes it back to the bowler

39.2

Tremlett to Tharanga, no run, has a swing and gets a thick inside edge into the leg side but the single is turned down

39.3

Tremlett to Tharanga, FOUR, there it is! Hundred for Tharanga and victory for Sri Lanka as he drives through the covers... emphatic way to end a brilliant run chase

Dilshan is down on the ground and can barely move, he'll need helping off the park. But it's party time in Sri Lanka. They are through to a semi-final on Tuesday against New Zealand on this ground. They'll be big favourites and are strong contenders for the title. It's England's fifth 10-wicket defeat in ODIs, their third against Sri Lanka, and was a proper humping. This is the highest total chased without a single wicket lost in a World Cup match surpassing the 221 by West Indies against Pakistan in 1992.

England were never in the game, losing early wickets and struggling for momentum throughout the innings. This time there was no inspiration with the ball and, frankly, the team looked spent long before the finish. It's been a long winter for then but, the bottom line is, they remain an average one-day team especially away from home. Sri Lanka showed that up with a varied bowling attack and positive batting. Stay with us for the presentation shortly.

Andrew Strauss "We thought the total was 30 light and it was more like 50 light. We thought pressure was a factor if we could get early wickets but we couldn't do it. We've been thoroughly beaten by a better side today. They were able to bowl a lot of dot balls at us to build pressure. We weren't able to take advantage of the platform. But we have to be honest, we haven't been good enough during the tournament. This was a step too far."

Kumar Sangakkara "Losing the toss it was an important we started well with the ball. Dilshan did that, then later came together with Tharanga and reminded us of Headingley [in 2006]. The guys fought hard, especially fielding first, and they kept up the pressure. It's been a fantastic crowd, hopefully they've enjoyed the cricket. Murali has pulled up a bit stiff but I'm sure he'll be fit for the next game. We can't get too far ahead of ourselves, we just have to keep our heads down."

The Man of the Match is Tillakaratne Dilshan. "I said to Sanga I was happy to bowl with the new ball. He told me yesterday but I have done it before. It was a fantastic one-day wicket...it got better and better. We knew if we started well we could build from there. We just need to carry this forward for the next couple of matches."

So, just to remind you of the semi-final line-up. It's Sri Lanka v New Zealand on Tuesday in Colombo then the massive one, India v Pakistan in Mohali on Wednesday. It should be an epic week. Andrew Miller will soon have his bulletin ready of all today's action and you can also check out our gallery. For now, though, it's goodbye from Andrew McGlashan and Sahil Dutta. Thanks for joining us.

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