ICC Champions Trophy - 4th match, Group B

England v Sri Lanka

England won by 6 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)

14.30 Here come the teams. The openers are set. Dilshan takes strike. Anderson has the new ball. Plenty of emails from fans seemingly shocked that Strauss chose to field. Hang on now, we'll know soon enough how good or bad his decision was. Steady on ...

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14.25 Five minutes to go till the start. Everyone set? The national anthems are being sung.

The irrepressible Trevor Chesterfield, forever braving power outages in Moratuwa, sends his first email for the day: "For those who don't know The Wanderers, the sight of the pitch for this game reminds me of the era Transvaal mean machine when Clive Rice and Sylvester Clarke would regularly bowl teams out for less than 150. It is fast, bouncy and will make batsmen hop around - it was called the green mamba in the 1980s and 1990s. It looks very much the way it was when England lost four wickets inside an hour including that of Atherton to Allan Donald in the first over, in November 1999. Sri Lanka may yet regret playing two spinners."

14.00 Kumar Sangakkara spins, Andrew Strauss wins and promptly says he will field. "Its quite intoxicating being here around all these big players," he says. England really need to forget about the pathetic series they had at home against Australia. Won't be easy, especially against this team. Just the one spinner in Graeme Swann.

Sangakkara says he would have batted anyways. Looks rather pleased at losing this toss. "There's a bit of a debate but we're playing the same XI," he says with a twinkle in his eyes. Hmm, haven't a clue what all that is about. Anyhow, teams are listed above. Game starts in about 25 minutes. Don't stray ...

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13.55 Angelo Mathews, the talented allrounder, tells Sanjay Manjrekar that he is feeling at home in a side full of big stars. He's working on all three departments to become a better allrounder. Speaks of his fitness, and how much effort that takes. Mathews is a star in the making. He did well for himself in the ICC World Twenty20 this summer. Lets see what he does today.

13.40 Hello everyone, thanks for joining us again. Game four coming up in a while. Weather looks decent, and lets hope it stays that way. I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator for the game. Handling the scoring duties are Binoy and Raju.

Plenty of the focus, understandably, is on how England are going to handle Ajantha Mendis. They've never faced him in an international. Osman Samiuddin has more on that fun.

The track on view is going to excite fast bowlers. Its very green and there are a lot of cracks, rather hard too. Nick Knight and Bob Willis scuffed up some flakes when they examined it. Willis had a smile on his face. Win the toss and field? We'll find out in a bit when the captains walk out.

Still some time to go, so have a look at our Page 2 section. The likes of Ryder, Oram, Flintoff and, er, Modi are plunging cricket down a fashion black hole. Andrew Hughes has the details.

0.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, pitches it up outside off, no movement, Dilshan pushes at it

Hardly and spectators ... England will feel right at home, this has the looks of a county match.

0.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, good ball, lovely length, bit of movement, good bounce, and Dilshan is beaten as he starts to play

0.3

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, well bowled, Jimmy! That hits the same spot and moves away from the bat as Dilshan, not moving his feet, plays down the wrong line, good bowling

0.4

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, now that's a leave, as Dilshan judges the line and lift and shoulders arms, Anderson has hit all the right areas so far, super over so far

Three slips in place ... well now ...

0.5

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, swing and a miss! Dilshan thinks about heaving that one across the line, the ball pitches back of a length and then deviates and he misses completely

0.6

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, off the mark now, not too convincingly mind you, as he feels for a shorter ball outside off and manages to pinch a single wide of backward point

Excellent first over from Anderson. There's some juice in this track.

End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
TM Dilshan    1* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
ST Jayasuriya    0* (0b)     

Here's Onions.

1.1

Onions to Dilshan, no run, starts off short of a length outside off, Dilshan gets up and pushes the ball to point

David Warner (no, don't think its him): "Sri Lanka regretting playing 2 spinners? Never. It's the staple of their bowling strategy, and it works for them! Besides, they're not playing 2 spinners, they're playing 8 spinners, hehe."

1.2

Onions to Dilshan, no run, flashes at one pitched up fractionally more than the last one, beaten by the lack of footwork and the gentle movement

Good bounce in this track ... interesting .. maybe Strauss got it right?

1.3

Onions to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Dilshan stands tall and allows the ball come on, then pushes it down to mid-off and runs for the quick single

1.4

Onions to Jayasuriya, 5 wides, bad ball, full down the leg side, Jayasuriya misses, Prior misses, and the ball is down to the ropes

1.4

Onions to Jayasuriya, no run, on the stumps and he plays it to square leg

1.5

Onions to Jayasuriya, OUT, top ball and that's edged! Really a gem of a delivery from Onions, pitched up, no room to work with, lures Jayasuriya forward, then deviates ever so gently as he pushes at it and the thin nick is snapped up by Prior

ST Jayasuriya c †Prior b Onions 0 (8m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Now, then ... Jayasuriya gone for a duck. Massive wicket. In walks Sangakkara.

1.6

Onions to Sangakkara, no run, pitches outside leg, sits up and Sangakkara, playing from inside his crease, misses it and it strikes him high above the flap

Two very good overs.

End of over 2 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 7/1 (RR: 3.50)
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      G Onions    1-0-6-1
TM Dilshan    2* (9b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

2.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, full and he drives it to mid-off

2.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, better length, gets some good carry, Dilshan shoulders arms

2.3

Anderson to Dilshan, OUT, oh well held Morgan! Anderson gets his man, pitching it up outside off stump, Dilshan has a full-blooded drive at that but Morgan at backward point cups a good low catch

TM Dilshan c Morgan b Anderson 2 (12m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Wasn't a good ball but Morgan made that look easy. Great catch. Dilshan goes, Jayasuriya goes. What's happening, England? Good decision to field first. Strauss read this track right.

2.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, lovely outswinger, on a length just outside off stump, moves away and beats a defensive prod

2.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length and beats the bat again

2.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, hits a length and Jayawardene pushes the ball to Morgan

Excellent beginning from England. Pressure on Sri Lanka.

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 7/2 (RR: 2.33)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      G Onions    1-0-6-1

3.1

Onions to Sangakkara, no run, leans into a fullish ball and drives handsomely to mid-off

3.2

Onions to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, worked nicely to midwicket

"Who on earth are this bunch of jokers, what have they done with the *real* England?" asks Paul

3.3

Onions to Jayawardene, no run, good carry off a length, sits up and deviates, left alone this time

3.4

Onions to Jayawardene, FOUR, too fine, strays down the wrong line and gets too much swing, so Jayawardene clips it down to fine leg for four

3.5

Onions to Jayawardene, 1 run, ah, sharp bounce! Bangs that it short of a length, spits up and Jayawardene pushes at hesitantly and does well to get a hand off the ball, which bobs up safely

Excellent bowling ... they've hit the upright seam, got movement ...

3.6

Onions to Sangakkara, no run, pitches outside leg stump, sits up again and Sangakkara falls over as he plays it, sharp movement back in on that occasion

End of over 4 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 13/2 (RR: 3.25)
KC Sangakkara    1* (4b)      G Onions    2-0-12-1
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-1

Real juiced up track .. those cracks are playing a role ...

4.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, pitches outside off stump, moves sharply away, Jayawardene had stared to walk down but Anderson saw him and bowled it wide

4.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, not more than a defensive push to a full ball on the stumps, and it beats Anderson and mid-on, who runs after it to collect

4.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, bowling! Lovely ball, pitched up outside off, sucking Jayawardene forward but then deviating away late and sharp to leave him hanging his bat out, superb ball

4.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, now he walks into the shot and pushes the ball past the covers

4.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, Anderson holds back the length and moves the ball away from Jayawardene who comfortably shoulders arms

Can't get too predictable, can Anderson ... needs to pitch it up ...

4.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, OUT, gone, gone! Anderson does indeed pitch it up and this one is the inswinger, catching Jayawardene dead in front, late on the shot, beaten by the late swing

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Anderson 9 (10m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Awesome start for the quicks. Sri Lanka are rocked. Seam, swing .. all happening.

End of over 5 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 17/3 (RR: 3.40)
     JM Anderson    3-1-5-2
KC Sangakkara    1* (4b)      G Onions    2-0-12-1

5.1

Onions to Sangakkara, no run, pitches it up on the stumps and he plays it back solidly

Nahim from Bangladesh: "Kudos to Strauss for his decision to field. The strength of SL's batting and the potency of their spin attack under the lights should not deter from the fact that England's best chance- their only chance- of winning this game is to use their seamers to take advantage of the conditions."

5.2

Onions to Sangakkara, OUT, edged and gone! Another one goes, its Sangakkara this time, chasing a full and wide ball leaving him and he can only edge it Strauss at first slip, who cups it in front of his face, Australian style

KC Sangakkara c Strauss b Onions 1 (16m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Wow. Sri Lanka are four down for nothing. Sangakkara need not have played that ball but he chased it and paid the price. Onions gets another. What. A. Start. Here's Kandamby.

5.3

Onions to Kandamby, 1 wide, full outside leg stump, misses it all, Kandamby is late to get the bat down and Aleem Dar signals wide

5.3

Onions to Kandamby, 1 run, short of a length outside leg stump, Kandamby shuffles and works the ball to midwicket and calls for the risky single

Three slips ... short leg ...

5.4

Onions to Samaraweera, 1 run, down the pads, worked to midwicket, runs the one, thinks about two

5.5

Onions to Kandamby, FOUR, down the pads, wrong line, clipped away to fine leg

5.6

Onions to Kandamby, no run, well bowled, well played, short of a length, gets Kandamby standing tall and he plays it down with soft hands

That was a rubbish shot Sangakkara played. Just chased a wide ball and edged.

End of over 6 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 24/4 (RR: 4.00)
SHT Kandamby    5* (3b 1x4)      G Onions    3-0-19-2
TT Samaraweera    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    3-1-5-2

6.1

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, change of pace, pitches it up and then gets late movement to beat Samaraweera, groping in the dark outside off stump, superb delivery that

6.2

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, oh whats that! Fuller ball, the inswinger, Samaraweera pushes at it feebly and gets an inside edge onto his pads, that makes the difference else he was bowled

6.3

Anderson to Samaraweera, 1 wide, shorter in length, sits up sharply, wide called for height

6.3

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, good judgment from Samaraweera, leaves this one pitched up just outside off stump

6.4

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, pitches it up again, this time Samaraweera gets in line and defends

6.5

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, change of pace, searches for the yorker, doesn't quite get it right and Samaraweera clears the front leg and defends it back, well bowled again

6.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, pitches outside off, no swing, and he shoulders arms

End of over 7 (1 run) Sri Lanka 25/4 (RR: 3.57)
TT Samaraweera    1* (7b)      JM Anderson    4-1-6-2
SHT Kandamby    5* (3b 1x4)      G Onions    3-0-19-2

Bryan Morton from UK: "Loaded up the commentary expecting - nay, hoping - to see England receiving their usual drubbing, and find the world has turned on its head. This is thoroughly ruining my Friday afternoon...!"

7.1

Onions to Kandamby, 1 run, starts coming forward, starts to play and then leaves but the ball moves and clips the outer half of his bat and rolls to backward point

7.2

Onions to Samaraweera, 3 runs, well played, the ball tails in from a full length and Samaraweera clips it with the late movement into the gap at midwicket

7.3

Onions to Kandamby, 1 run, sharp ball, rises up off a short length, Kandamby rises with the bounce and plays it late and with an angled bat down toward gully

7.4

Onions to Samaraweera, 1 run, back of a length, stays close to the ball and pushes it past point

7.5

Onions to Kandamby, no run, short of a length outside leg and Kandamby defends with ease

7.6

Onions to Kandamby, no run, good ball, and well left! Onions bends his back and gets the ball to angle across Kandamby at a good height but he reads it well, getting out of the way in time

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End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 31/4 (RR: 3.87)
SHT Kandamby    7* (7b 1x4)      G Onions    4-0-25-2
TT Samaraweera    5* (9b)      JM Anderson    4-1-6-2

8.1

Anderson to Samaraweera, 1 run, runs it down to third man for a single

Only two slips now ...

8.2

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, short ball, rises into Kandamby who plays it awkwardly down to his feet

Russ the Rosbif in Paris: "I bored! No SL wkt in 10 balls!"

8.3

Anderson to Kandamby, 1 wide, too short this time and it sails over the batsman to Prior

8.3

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, short of a length and he plays the ball to point

8.4

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, fuller in length, angling across Kandamby who leaves

8.5

Anderson to Kandamby, 1 run, pitched up closer to the stumps, hint of movement, Kandamby pushes at it and turns it toward midwicket

8.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, 1 run, good ball, pitches back of a length and then straightens to square up Samaraweera, who pushes at it and sends the ball dribbling to cover

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 35/4 (RR: 3.88)
TT Samaraweera    7* (11b)      JM Anderson    5-1-10-2
SHT Kandamby    8* (11b 1x4)      G Onions    4-0-25-2

Change in the attack. Broad replaces Onions. Third slip comes back.

Rocheta Malik from India: "How bad are these batsmen when the pitches are nice and juicy and the fast bowling is pretty good! It's high time we see more such pitches and batsmen are taken out of their false sense of security from feather-bed pitches! I wonder how these 4 guys who have gotten out have scored 30,000 ODI runs between them."

9.1

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, starts off pitching wide of off stump, Samaraweera leaves it be

9.2

Broad to Samaraweera, FOUR, fuller in length and Samaraweera punishes the loose ball with a firm off-drive, beating mid-off for four, that will give him some confidence

9.3

Broad to Samaraweera, FOUR, shot! Samaraweera reads the length excellently and transfers the weight, flashing the shorter ball into the gap between cover and point, well played man

One slip comes out ...

9.4

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, better length, middle and off, and he plays it back to Broad

9.5

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, well bowled, pitches and straightens and he pushes to midwicket

9.6

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, short of a length and he forces it off the back foot to point

Not the over required after the start Anderson and Onions gave England.

End of over 10 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 43/4 (RR: 4.30)
TT Samaraweera    15* (17b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-8-0
SHT Kandamby    8* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-10-2

10.1

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, good ball, pitches it up and shapes it back into Kandamby who gets the bat down just in time

10.2

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, well bowled, late movement beats him as he feels for the ball, it angles across and just slips past the outer edge with the sharp outswing

10.3

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, similar ball but he decides not to play at this one

10.4

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, good angle from Anderson again, shaping the ball away from Kandamby who thinks about playing at it but twirls the bat out of harm's way

10.5

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, bad ball, outside leg stump and he turns it away but Denly pulls off a good dive to save four, that's the effort they want

10.6

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, goes back to angling the ball across Kandamby who leaves

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End of over 11 (maiden) Sri Lanka 43/4 (RR: 3.90)
SHT Kandamby    8* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-10-2
TT Samaraweera    15* (17b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-8-0

11.1

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, pitches it up and he defends watchfully

11.2

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, short of a length outside off, Samaraweera plays away from his body and chops the ball into the ground in front of point

11.3

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, rises on the toes and tries to force this ball away but mistimes

11.4

Broad to Samaraweera, 1 run, short ball down the leg side, Samaraweera rises and works it off his hips toward short fine leg, well played that time

11.5

Broad to Kandamby, 1 leg bye, stays in his crease, starts to walk across the sticks, and taps the ball pitching outside leg stump wide of the man at midwicket

11.6

Broad to Samaraweera, 1 run, wrong line from Broad, slips too straight and Samaraweera can easily deflect a single between square leg and midwicket

Jason: "Response to Rocheta Malik: On a juicy seamer friendly wicket, any top order is vulnerable irrespective of how many runs the top 4 SL batsmen have scored in their career. Sri Lanka are a spirited outfit and will fight back as tough as nails, thats the very reason any one loves watching their style of play."

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 46/4 (RR: 3.83)
TT Samaraweera    17* (22b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-10-0
SHT Kandamby    8* (18b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-10-2

12.1

Anderson to Samaraweera, 1 leg bye, pitches it up and the ball strays too fine with the inswing, Samaraweera nearly falls over as he plays at the ball and manages to bunt it wide of midwicket

12.2

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, pitches it up and moves it across with the angle, beating the bat

12.3

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, full ball a foot outside off, swings late, Kandamby leaves

12.4

Anderson to Kandamby, no run, shorter ball, pitches just outside leg stump, sits up, Kandamby does well to get on top of the bounce and turn his wrists to keep the ball down

12.5

Anderson to Kandamby, 1 run, slower ball, pitched up in search of the yorker, Kandamby picks it and steers it down into the gap between slip and gully

12.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 48/4 (RR: 3.69)
TT Samaraweera    17* (24b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-11-2
SHT Kandamby    9* (22b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-10-0

13.1

Broad to Kandamby, 1 run, full on the pads and he twirls it away for a single

13.2

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, a bit too wide outside off stump, gets some swing but Samaraweera can easily cover off stump and shoulder arms

13.3

Broad to Samaraweera, 1 run, a bit too full and he drives sweetly to extra cover for one

Up comes Sri Lanka's 50 with that ...

13.4

Broad to Kandamby, 1 wide, too far from the stumps and a wide is the result

13.4

Broad to Kandamby, 1 wide, terrible ball, two feet outside leg stump

13.4

Broad to Kandamby, no run, better ball, better length, Kandamby gets back and defends

13.5

Broad to Kandamby, no run, shuffles across early, Broad drops it in short, Kandamby defends

13.6

Broad to Kandamby, no run, short ball to end the over, easily left be for Prior

Mark Gristock: "What sort of game would cricket be if how many runs or wicket you had guaranteed your performance in the next game? Credit where credit is due - Anderson with pitch assistance is world class. And Lilly Allen likes Onions."

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 52/4 (RR: 3.71)
SHT Kandamby    10* (26b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-0
TT Samaraweera    18* (26b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-11-2

And on that note, Onions gets the ball ...

14.1

Onions to Samaraweera, 1 wide, starts off with a short ball, too short in fact, and wide is called

14.1

Onions to Samaraweera, no run, oh that's nasty! Onions bangs it short outside off stump and gets sharp lift, Samaraweera is surprised and does well to play that in the end, wasn't pretty but he knocked it down into the gap safely, head going one way, eyes elsewhere

14.2

Onions to Samaraweera, 1 run, wrong line, strays down the pads and that's worked away

14.3

Onions to Kandamby, FOUR, slapped! Short, wide and Kandamby gets over the ball and bisects two men square on the off side for four, comfortably played by the burly left-hander

14.4

Onions to Kandamby, no run, pitches it up this time, Kandamby gets onto the front foot and firmly pushes the ball to cover

14.5

Onions to Kandamby, 2 runs, short and he pulls it down into the gap at midwicket

Sorry, forgot to mention this is the second Powerplay. My bad.

14.6

Onions to Kandamby, no run, pitches it up outside off, Kandamby gets across and leaves

And with that the umpires call for drinks. Deserved too, for all involved.

What's with all the super-fit people on the streets of Johannesburg, Osman Samiuddin wonders.

End of over 15 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 60/4 (RR: 4.00)
SHT Kandamby    16* (30b 2x4)      G Onions    5-0-33-2
TT Samaraweera    19* (28b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-0

15.1

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, good length ball, pushes it back, Broad tumbles to stop

15.2

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, fuller in length outside off, carved across the line to midwicket

15.3

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, good ball, very straight, on the stumps, and pushed back

15.4

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, overpitched this time, about a foot and a bit outside off stump, Samaraweera chases it but misses

15.5

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, short ball now, cuts back in to Samaraweera who hops up and takes it near the midriff

15.6

Broad to Samaraweera, 1 wide, too full and wide, gentle swing but too far away from the bat

15.6

Broad to Samaraweera, 1 run, full on off stump, gently turned wide of midwicket

End of over 16 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 62/4 (RR: 3.87)
TT Samaraweera    20* (34b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-16-0
SHT Kandamby    16* (30b 2x4)      G Onions    5-0-33-2

16.1

Onions to Samaraweera, 1 run, on the pads and worked away wide of square leg

16.2

Onions to Kandamby, no run, shorter length, Kandamby gets back and across and stabs at the ball, half intent on forcing it away but the change of pace gets him defending it back

16.3

Onions to Kandamby, no run, back to a fuller length and he defends sturdily to the off

Batting has eased up now ... not as much swing for the fast bowlers.

16.4

Onions to Kandamby, no run, well bowled, Onions holds back the length and angles the ball across, Kandamby pushes down the wrong line and is beaten for bounce

16.5

Onions to Kandamby, no run, a bit too wide now and he leaves it be comfortably

16.6

Onions to Kandamby, no run, comes onto the front foot tentatively and defends to point

This pair has its work cut out. They seem to have weathered the storm. Time for spin?

End of over 17 (1 run) Sri Lanka 63/4 (RR: 3.70)
SHT Kandamby    16* (35b 2x4)      G Onions    6-0-34-2
TT Samaraweera    21* (35b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-16-0

17.1

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, he's doing well now, Broad, pitching it up on the stumps, Samaraweera drops his head and defends watchfully back down the track

17.2

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, full again, just outside off stump, good carry through to Prior as Samaraweera opts to leave that one be

17.3

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, back of a length, nearly squared up, ends up defending to cover

17.4

Broad to Samaraweera, 1 wide, nope, wrong line, too far from off stump and wide is the call

17.4

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, digs in a short one outside off stump, Samaraweera hops up and pushes the ball to point, yelling to his partner to stay put

17.5

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, sharp bite off the pitch, again its short and this time jags back into Samaraweera, who gets an inside edge onto his thighs, very well bowled

17.6

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, short of a length again and now Samaraweera defends well

Needs to be a wee bit fuller, Broad ...

End of over 18 (1 run) Sri Lanka 64/4 (RR: 3.55)
TT Samaraweera    21* (41b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-17-0
SHT Kandamby    16* (35b 2x4)      G Onions    6-0-34-2

Wasim Akram, on air, reckons 199-200 is a good total on this track.

18.1

Onions to Kandamby, 1 run, well played, its a bit wide but Kandamby rides the bounce and steers it down wide of slips and gully, a very controlled shot there

18.2

Onions to Samaraweera, FOUR, too full and he clips the wrists to send the ball flying between midwicket and mid-on, very well played, but that ball needed to be put away

18.3

Onions to Samaraweera, FOUR, shot! This time he overpitches on off stump and Samaraweera presents a firm push down the ground, beating mid-on safely for four more

18.4

Onions to Samaraweera, no run, good delivery, back of a length, change of pace too, Samaraweera feels for it outside off stump and misses, the ball doesn't carry to Prior

18.5

Onions to Samaraweera, 1 wide, short ball down the leg side, Samaraweera flinches,wide called

Nick Phil: "13 runs of 9 wides in 18 overs ???? this is atrocious. England bowlers especially Broad has to be reminded that it is just a matter of time before the SL's are going to take advantage of all these loose and false deliveries."

18.5

Onions to Samaraweera, no run, hits a good length just outside off stump to get Samaraweera defending

18.6

Onions to Samaraweera, no run, cuts back in off a length, slower ball, Samaraweera goes for a cramped cut off the back foot and mistimes it to backward point

End of over 19 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 74/4 (RR: 3.89)
TT Samaraweera    29* (46b 4x4)      G Onions    7-0-44-2
SHT Kandamby    17* (36b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-17-0

19.1

Broad to Kandamby, 1 run, rides the bounce of a short ball outside leg stump and works it fine

19.2

Broad to Samaraweera, 1 run, short of a length outside off, he stabs at it and runs it to third man

19.3

Broad to Kandamby, FOUR, short ball, lifts up sharply off the deck, too poor a delivery at this stage and Kandamby tries a cramped attempt at an uppercut and edges it safely over Prior

19.4

Broad to Kandamby, 1 run, back of a length, chance of pace, easily steered to point

19.5

Broad to Samaraweera, OUT, a wicket just when it seemed England were losing the plot! Broad locates his radar, pitches on a far better and fuller length as he searches for swing, Samaraweera goes for a hard-handed drive and pops an easy catch to Collingwood at backward point

TT Samaraweera c Collingwood b Broad 30 (69m 48b 4x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Broad snaps a threatening partnership. Samaraweera was playing well. In comes Mathews.

19.6

Broad to Mathews, no run, welcomes him with a snorter, sits up off a crack and rears into Mathews who arches back and manages to play the ball down in front of the fielders

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End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 81/5 (RR: 4.05)
AD Mathews    0* (1b)      SCJ Broad    6-0-24-1
SHT Kandamby    23* (39b 3x4)      G Onions    7-0-44-2

Luke Wright gets the ball. Runs in from over the stumps.

20.1

Wright to Kandamby, 1 run, short of a length outside leg stump, turned to square leg

Just one slip now ...

20.2

Wright to Mathews, no run, short of a length on off stump and Mathews gets tall to defend

20.3

Wright to Mathews, no run, short ball again, sits up and takes the edge as Mathews pushes at it off tiptoes, but the ball doesn't carry to Prior

20.4

Wright to Mathews, FOUR, fuller now and he drives it back without much footwork, not timed to perfection but Mathews has hit it straight back past Wright and the outfield does the rest

20.5

Wright to Mathews, no run, forces off the back foot this time, early into the shot, Wright fields

20.6

Wright to Mathews, 1 wide, bad ball, sheer trash, miles outside off stump

20.6

Wright to Mathews, 2 runs, good ball, short of a length outside off, kisses the edge but falls short and wide of slip and runs away to third man

This is a real test for Mathews. He's talented, no doubt, but hasn't had much of a chance in ODIs so bat out long periods. Needs to dig in deep today.

End of over 21 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 89/5 (RR: 4.23)
AD Mathews    6* (6b 1x4)      LJ Wright    1-0-8-0
SHT Kandamby    24* (40b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-24-1

21.1

Broad to Kandamby, 1 run, searches for the yorker and Kandamby defends to the off side

21.2

Broad to Mathews, no run, a bit too short and Mathews pushes it to cover off the back foot

21.3

Broad to Mathews, no run, full and wide, bit of swing outside off, easily left alone

21.4

Broad to Mathews, no run, short of a length and he defends off the back foot

21.5

Broad to Mathews, FOUR, smacked, gets over the short ball this time and pulls past midwicket

"What on earth is he doing testing the middle of the pitch?" moans Bob Willis on air.

21.6

Broad to Mathews, 1 wide, more rubbish, way too wide outside off stump, bad stuff from Broad

21.6

Broad to Mathews, no run, better ball, fuller in length, Mathews defends it back

End of over 22 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 95/5 (RR: 4.31)
AD Mathews    10* (11b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-30-1
SHT Kandamby    25* (41b 3x4)      LJ Wright    1-0-8-0

22.1

Wright to Kandamby, 1 run, fuller length outside off and he pushes into the gap at cover-point

Where's Swann? Methinks its about time he bowls.

22.2

Wright to Mathews, 1 run, fuller again, middle and off, turned with an inside edge to square

22.3

Wright to Kandamby, 1 run, outside leg and turned uppishly down to Swann at fine leg

"Why is Bob Willis on air? Ever." That is from Neil on feedback. Erm ...

22.4

Wright to Mathews, 2 runs, moves about his crease, Wright holds back the length, Mathews forces the ball square on the off side, Collingwood fields and returns to throw back to the stumps as Mathews is shooed back by Kandamby, the ball hits Mathews' bat and ricochets away for a couple more

22.5

Wright to Mathews, no run, short of a length, Mathews gets tall and defends it back

22.6

Wright to Mathews, no run, similar ball and again he defends it back

"Sorry, but if Broad is the answer, what is the question?" asks Simon Waters. "Dammed good number 8 and back up seamer - or am I missing something?"

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 100/5 (RR: 4.34)
AD Mathews    13* (15b 2x4)      LJ Wright    2-0-13-0
SHT Kandamby    27* (43b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-30-1

23.1

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, lands it on leg stump and Kandamby turns it to midwicket

23.2

Collingwood to Kandamby, 1 run, comes onto the front foot, opens the face and guides it past gully

23.3

Collingwood to Mathews, 1 wide, the wide bug has hit Collie too, serving it down Mathews' pads

23.3

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, defends off the back foot with an inside edge

23.4

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, full and wide outside off, shoulders arms with ease

23.5

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, again he pitches it wide of the stumps and Mathews leaves

23.6

Collingwood to Mathews, 2 runs, nips back in from middle and leg, Mathews works it with an inside edge and picks out the gap behind square leg, runs excellently and gets two more

End of over 24 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 104/5 (RR: 4.33)
AD Mathews    15* (19b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-4-0
SHT Kandamby    28* (45b 3x4)      LJ Wright    2-0-13-0

24.1

Wright to Kandamby, FOUR, full ball, straight drive, hits the stumps and then somehow deflects wide of mid-off and reaches the ropes, Shah heads the wrong way, Onions gives chase and cannot stop four, you don't see that too often ... I mean the ball ricocheting off the stumps for four, not Onions not stopping four

24.2

Wright to Kandamby, no run, gets back and pushes the ball to the off side

24.3

Wright to Kandamby, no run, gets back and runs the ball late off the face, Collingwood intercepts

24.4

Wright to Kandamby, 1 run, a wee bit short and wide and he back-cuts it wide of Collingwood

24.5

Wright to Mathews, no run, short ball on the body, nicely turned just to midwicket

24.6

Wright to Mathews, no run, fuller ball and Mathews defends solidly off the front foot

Dave Hoveman clearly isn't one of those bored with the middle overs in ODIs. He writes in from Poland: "Why did i move to a country where they have never heard of cricket and only watch cycling and volley ball in all the bars? Arrgh, I'd give a toe or two watch this unfold."

End of over 25 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 109/5 (RR: 4.36)
AD Mathews    15* (21b 2x4)      LJ Wright    3-0-18-0
SHT Kandamby    33* (49b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-4-0

25.1

Collingwood to Kandamby, 1 run, pitches it up and gets Kandamby pushing and edging wide of gully

Prior standing up to the stumps ...

25.2

Collingwood to Mathews, 1 wide, full outside off stump, a bit too wide, Prior collects

25.2

Collingwood to Mathews, 1 run, shorter in length, he steers it down to third man

25.3

Collingwood to Kandamby, 1 run, pitches it up now, Kandamby gets an inside edge to square

Spike: "I played Ashes 2009 on Playstation last night... I played as Australia and got England down to 50-odd for 6 in an ODI... In came Broad and scored 100. Couldn't get him out, so he must be damn good I think!"

25.4

Collingwood to Mathews, 1 run, still he persists with a shorter length to Mathews, who forces it off the back foot wide of gully

25.5

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, and again, continues with full and wide to Kandamby, who leaves

25.6

Collingwood to Kandamby, 2 runs, well played, that one is a wide half-volley which he caresses past a diving cover fielder out to the sweeper

Guy Swettenham: "Tell Dave Holeman to try the English bar in Krakow, they showed cricket a couple of years ago. Why no radio commentary?"s

End of over 26 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 116/5 (RR: 4.46)
SHT Kandamby    37* (53b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-11-0
AD Mathews    17* (23b 2x4)      LJ Wright    3-0-18-0

Swann into the attack from over the stumps

26.1

Swann to Mathews, 1 leg bye, spins down the pads, slow turn, brushed off the pads

Swann changes his angle ...

26.2

Swann to Kandamby, FOUR, what a shot! Kandamby waits for the ball to drift away from outside off stump and then delightfully runs it off the face of the bat very fine for four

26.3

Swann to Kandamby, no run, tossed up fuller and he pats it back to Swann

26.4

Swann to Kandamby, 1 wide, spins too far down the pads for a wide ... not again!

26.4

Swann to Kandamby, no run, better ball, good overspin on that one and he defends it back

26.5

Swann to Kandamby, no run, tosses it up outside off, Kandamby presses forward

26.6

Swann to Kandamby, 1 run, good flight but a bit wide and he drives into the off side

End of over 27 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 123/5 (RR: 4.55)
SHT Kandamby    42* (58b 5x4)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0
AD Mathews    17* (24b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-11-0

Al Preston: "Does anyone know if it's good manners to applaud if wides reaches fifty?"

27.1

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, pitches on the stumps and he defends

27.2

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, pitches on a length and he steers it to backward point

27.3

Collingwood to Kandamby, 1 run, shorter in length, he waits for the ball and runs it to third man

27.4

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, fuller in length, Mathews leaves, Prior collects

27.5

Collingwood to Mathews, 1 run, gets back and punches a shorter ball square on the off side, where Anderson trips and misfields in the covers

27.6

Collingwood to Kandamby, 2 runs, fuller ball and he square-drives it into the gap for a couple

End of over 28 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 127/5 (RR: 4.53)
SHT Kandamby    45* (62b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-15-0
AD Mathews    18* (26b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0

Mark Wilson: "To Dave Hoveman, there are a grand total of three cricket clubs in Poland. Get yourself over to www.cricket.pl for information on the Polish Cricket Association."

28.1

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, flat on the pads, worked away for a single

28.2

Swann to Kandamby, 1 run, flighted outside off and Kandamby drives well to extra cover

Pete Simosen is less helpful: "Dave Hoveman clearly doesn't deserve to watch the cricket. The offer of two measley toes!!"

28.3

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, Mathews clips in style

28.4

Swann to Kandamby, 1 run, shorter and flatter, Kandamby shuffles across and works it away

That single raises the 50-run stand, its been good work by this pair ...

28.5

Swann to Mathews, no run, reaches across and tries the paddle but misses, Prior kicks it away

28.6

Swann to Mathews, no run, quicker ball, good turn, Mathews tries to turn it away but mistimes

End of over 29 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 131/5 (RR: 4.51)
AD Mathews    20* (30b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-0-10-0
SHT Kandamby    47* (64b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-15-0

29.1

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, jaffa from Collie! Pitches on a good length and curls the ball away from Kandamby as he walks out and looks to on-drive

29.2

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, steps out again and connects on the flick but can't pick the gap

29.3

Collingwood to Kandamby, 1 run, short ball this time and he dabs it toward point and cover

29.4

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, goes back to a full length, Mathews steers it to gully

Dave Hoveman: "Thanks for the feedback. Don't think Poles are ready for my terrifying box high bouncers. I'm off to Krakow."

29.5

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, full again and he defends to the off side

29.6

Collingwood to Mathews, 1 run, bit of wobble off the seam this time, as Mathews comes onto the front foot and pinches a quick single in front of Morgan at backward point

End of over 30 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 133/5 (RR: 4.43)
AD Mathews    21* (33b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-17-0
SHT Kandamby    48* (67b 5x4)      GP Swann    2-0-10-0

30.1

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, drifts down the pads and he works it away for one

30.2

Swann to Kandamby, 1 run, tossed up wider to Kandamby, who chases it and slashes in the air over cover

30.3

Swann to Mathews, no run, fuller ball, outside off, Mathews tries to turn it across his pads but gets an inside edge

30.4

Swann to Mathews, FOUR, heaved and heaved into the gap, gets across his front pad and swings the ball from outside off with the turn and beats square leg and fine leg for four

30.5

Swann to Mathews, no run, tossed up and he defends to the off side

30.6

Swann to Mathews, no run, pushed to point

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Good partnership here. Both players are complimenting each other. Kandamby, Sri Lanka's new-age Ice Man, is batting well. England have gone a bit flat. "Champions are not supernatural, they just fight a little longer and don't quit ," says Karandeep Gill. "This is what Champions Trophy is all about. Sri Lanka is doing the same right now."

End of over 31 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 139/5 (RR: 4.48)
AD Mathews    26* (38b 3x4)      GP Swann    3-0-16-0
SHT Kandamby    49* (68b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-17-0

31.1

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, pitches it up and he defends it firmly off the front foot

31.2

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, pushes at one that gets some zip on it and misses, he was looking to cheekily run that down but was undone by the lift off the track

31.3

Collingwood to Kandamby, 1 run, well played, Kandamby! Gets across and nudges the ball off his pads for a single that raises a very good half-century from 71 deliveries

31.4

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, stoutly defends this one up to cover

31.5

Collingwood to Mathews, 1 run, looks for the yorker, Mathews clears his front leg and clips the ball in the air just wide of square leg

31.6

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, back of a length, Kandamby gets in line and defends

End of over 32 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 141/5 (RR: 4.40)
SHT Kandamby    50* (72b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-19-0
AD Mathews    27* (40b 3x4)      GP Swann    3-0-16-0

32.1

Swann to Mathews, no run, Mathews gets forward and defends watchfully

32.2

Swann to Mathews, FOUR, wonderful shot from Mathews, a bit of width provided, Mathews opens the afce and steers the ball to third man

32.3

Swann to Mathews, no run

32.4

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, length ball, turning in, Mathews gets across and turns the ball behind square leg

32.5

Swann to Kandamby, 1 run, another easy single, clipped towards square leg by Kandamby

32.6

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews gets another risk-free single, this time behind square leg to end the over

End of over 33 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 148/5 (RR: 4.48)
AD Mathews    33* (45b 4x4)      GP Swann    4-0-23-0
SHT Kandamby    51* (73b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-19-0

33.1

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, Collingwood sends down an accurate offstump delivery, blocked back to the bowler

33.2

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, Prior is struck on the shoulder after Mathews misses an outside off delivery that rises sharply

33.3

Collingwood to Mathews, 1 run, down the leg side, Mathews shuffles across and glances it to deep square leg

33.4

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, the ball sneaks between bat and pad as Kandamy tries to defend off the backfoot

33.5

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, far more solid defence this time from Kandamby, patted back to the bowler

33.6

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, England get excited after Kandamby is struck on the pad, but that was much too high to interest the umpire

End of over 34 (1 run) Sri Lanka 149/5 (RR: 4.38)
SHT Kandamby    51* (76b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    6-0-20-0
AD Mathews    34* (48b 4x4)      GP Swann    4-0-23-0

Onions is back in the attack

34.1

Onions to Mathews, no run, short of length, just outside off, pushed towards the off side

34.2

Onions to Mathews, no run, closer to the offstump this time, Mathews shows the full face of the bat as he defends

34.3

Onions to Mathews, FOUR, ooh, that was close, Mathews waltzes down the track and tries to loft it over mid-on, just about manages it with a mistimed shot

34.4

Onions to Mathews, no run, back of a length, its defended towards point by Mathews

34.5

Onions to Mathews, FOUR, wonderful shot, Mathews shuffled across the stumps early, Onions send down a short ball, Mathews pulls it to fine leg for a boundary

34.6

Onions to Mathews, no run, slightly fuller this time, Mathews gets on the back foot and blocks it

End of over 35 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 157/5 (RR: 4.48)
AD Mathews    42* (54b 6x4)      G Onions    8-0-52-2
SHT Kandamby    51* (76b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    6-0-20-0

This really is a positive partnership. Batting has eased out and this pair has cashed in on some lackluster bowling. Kandamby did all the hard work early.

35.1

Collingwood to Kandamby, no run, pitches it up and he pushes the ball down the track

35.2

Collingwood to Kandamby, 1 run, walks down the track and clips the ball off his pads for one

35.3

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, good ball, hits the seam and a crack and sits up to beat the bat as Mathews feels for it outside off stump

35.4

Collingwood to Mathews, 2 runs, clips with the swing and picks the gap at midwicket

35.5

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, back of a length and defended

35.6

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, good stump-to-stump stuff, Mathews gets in line and blocks

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 160/5 (RR: 4.44)
AD Mathews    44* (58b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    7-0-23-0
SHT Kandamby    52* (78b 5x4)      G Onions    8-0-52-2

36.1

Onions to Kandamby, no run, goes to cut but the ball jumps up off a short length and beats him

36.2

Onions to Kandamby, no run, loud appeal from bowler and wicketkeeper as Onions hustles Kandamby with one that hits the deck and cuts back in, but the ball brushed his thigh not bat, good call from Billy Bowden

36.3

Onions to Kandamby, 1 run, outside leg stump and he neatly works the ball to midwicket

36.4

Onions to Mathews, no run, beaten by the sharp away movement and bounce as Onions hits the deck hard

36.5

Onions to Mathews, no run, jumps down the track and has a go at one pitched up this time but gets beaten by the movement, that was an ugly shot from Mathews, after which Kandamby walks down and has a word

36.6

Onions to Mathews, 1 run, turns a yorker aimed at leg stump to square leg

End of over 37 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 162/5 (RR: 4.37)
AD Mathews    45* (61b 6x4)      G Onions    9-0-54-2
SHT Kandamby    53* (81b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    7-0-23-0

37.1

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, pitches on a length and he pushes it away

37.2

Collingwood to Mathews, no run, good ball, on a length and he defends it back watchfully

37.3

Collingwood to Mathews, 1 run, gets forward and runs it wide of backward point

37.4

Collingwood to Kandamby, OUT, snapped! Short of a length outside off, Kandamby taps it to cover and runs off, it was his call but Mathews turns him down, two men converge and Wright to has plenty of time to return the ball to Prior with Kandamby down the track

SHT Kandamby run out 53 (140m 82b 5x4 0x6) SR: 64.63

Sad way to end a smart partnership. A fine innings ends. One slip comes in now. Mathews said no after a start but stayed rooted and sold Kandamby down.

37.5

Collingwood to Kulasekara, no run, back of a length and he defends

37.6

Collingwood to Kulasekara, no run, hops up and taps the ball away

End of over 38 (1 run) Sri Lanka 163/6 (RR: 4.28)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (2b)      PD Collingwood    8-0-24-0
AD Mathews    46* (64b 6x4)      G Onions    9-0-54-2

38.1

Wright to Mathews, 2 runs, short of a length and he punches sweetly off the back foot past cover

38.2

Wright to Mathews, no run, fuller ball and he plods that back watchfully

38.3

Wright to Mathews, no run, full outside off stump and he shoulders arms

38.4

Wright to Mathews, 1 run, takes a step down, Wright drags back the length, Mathews plays to cover

38.5

Wright to Kulasekara, no run, fuller outside off and he shoulders arms

38.6

Wright to Kulasekara, no run, pitches it right up and Kula defends it back solidly

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End of over 39 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 166/6 (RR: 4.25)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (4b)      LJ Wright    4-0-21-0
AD Mathews    49* (68b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    8-0-24-0

Onions to bowl out. One slip in place. Mathews on 49.

39.1

Onions to Mathews, 1 run, and he gets fifty fortuitously, hopping up to work a short ball away but getting a leading edge that flies to the left of a leaping Collingwood at backward point, good innings from young Mathews and he needs to keep on going here

39.2

Onions to Kulasekara, 1 wide, bad ball from Onions, serving well down Kula's pads

Twenty wides from England. Terrible ...

39.2

Onions to Kulasekara, no run, back of a length and Kula tentatively defends to the off

Kulasekara has not played one shot in anger. Looks content to hold up one end.

39.3

Onions to Kulasekara, no run, fuller on leg stump and he defends down to mid-on

39.4

Onions to Kulasekara, no run, short of a length and he gets up to defend again

39.5

Onions to Kulasekara, 1 run, searches for the yorker on leg stump and he clips to square leg

39.6

Onions to Mathews, 1 run, drama, plenty of drama! Too straight from Onions, Mathews gets up and works the ball into the gap at square leg, runs the first hard, turns back for the second and runs into Onions, then stumbles, and in the meantime Prior collects the ball and effects the run out ... Mathews stands mid-pitch and protests that Onions was blocking him but he is ruled out walks off, shaking his head ... England celebrate but then look on in frustration as Mathews is called back .... in fact it is Strauss who called Mathews back ... unlike Collingwood against New Zealand last summer when a similar incident happened at The Oval ...just an accident, or too generous a decision from Strauss?

Right, that was tense. It was not Onions fault as he was just going back to the stumps to see if he needed to collect the ball. Mathews turned and was ball watching and ran into Onions. To me it looked like Onions was not trying to obstruct Mathews. It should be the batsman's job to try and get out of the way. No malice there. Strauss did what he saw as best at the moment. This may turn into headlines later. Lets see. For now, lets move on.

End of over 40 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 170/6 (RR: 4.25)
AD Mathews    51* (70b 6x4)      G Onions    10-0-58-2
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (8b)      LJ Wright    4-0-21-0

40.1

Wright to Mathews, no run, full length and Mathews defends it back

40.2

Wright to Mathews, 1 run, gets back and works a single

40.3

Wright to Kulasekara, FOUR, smacked! Gets aerial and slaps a short ball over a leaping backward point

40.4

Wright to Kulasekara, 1 run, gets back and across and punches a single

40.5

Wright to Mathews, OUT, gone! End of a good innings as Wright pitches on a good length and gets some gentle movement to draw the outside edge, Prior dives forward and takes the catch

AD Mathews c †Prior b Wright 52 (87m 73b 6x4 0x6) SR: 71.23

Good job from Mathews. So the decision to recall him doesn't cost England much. Here's Murali.

40.6

Wright to Muralitharan, FOUR, biffs his first ball over mid-off, he's not sticking around!

End of over 41 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 180/7 (RR: 4.39)
M Muralitharan    4* (1b 1x4)      LJ Wright    5-0-31-1
KMDN Kulasekara    6* (10b 1x4)      G Onions    10-0-58-2

Nine overs to go. Three wickets left. Sri Lanka take the batting Powerplay. Strauss goes back to Broad.

41.1

Broad to Kulasekara, no run, bouncer, Kula arches back and goes for a shot but misses

41.2

Broad to Kulasekara, 1 run, short again, not as sharp, and this time he runs it to third man

41.3

Broad to Muralitharan, SIX, hello, he's smacked the boxers off that one! Murali! What a guy, just backs away and smacks the length ball over mid-on for maximum, bad ball to bowl

41.4

Broad to Muralitharan, no run, much fuller from Broad but same intent from Murali, swinging across the line and missing by not much

Just saw on replays that Mathews thanked Strauss for allowing him come back. Good to see.

41.5

Broad to Muralitharan, no run, serves up a yorker which Murali squeezes to point

41.6

Broad to Muralitharan, FOUR, hah, what fun! Broad aims for the yorker again but doesn't nail it and Murali swipes and swipes well, beating short fine leg

End of over 42 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 191/7 (RR: 4.54)
M Muralitharan    14* (5b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    8-0-41-1
KMDN Kulasekara    7* (12b 1x4)      LJ Wright    5-0-31-1

Here's Anderson ...

42.1

Anderson to Kulasekara, no run, pitches in line but swings down too much, Kula is late on the flick and gets rapped high and clearly down leg stump, Anderson appeals in vain

42.2

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 run, full again and this time Kula defends toward point and sets off

42.3

Anderson to Muralitharan, 2 runs, tough, tough chance but its dropped! Strauss nearly pulls off a great catch, running back from square leg as Murali top-edges another chip across the line, he covers a long way, cups the ball, but lets it out .. can't be too harsh on him

42.4

Anderson to Muralitharan, 1 run, fires in the attempted yorker to Murali, who exposes all the sticks, heaves, and gets an inside edge onto the pads for a single

42.5

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 run, full on Kula's pads and he works away a single

42.6

Anderson to Muralitharan, 1 run, almost a yorker, Murali backs away and jams it out for one

England have to end this soon. Sri Lanka are headed for a good score on this track.

End of over 43 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 197/7 (RR: 4.58)
M Muralitharan    18* (8b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-2-17-2
KMDN Kulasekara    9* (15b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-41-1

Fielders are back ...

43.1

Broad to Muralitharan, no run, backs away and flashes but cannot connect outside off

43.2

Broad to Muralitharan, OUT, bye! Full and straight, Murali swings, misses, and the top of off stump goes flying

M Muralitharan b Broad 18 (9m 10b 2x4 1x6) SR: 180.00

Nice little cameo from smiling Murali. Never a dull moment when he bats. Funny calls on email for Murali to replace Jayasuriya at the top. Now, now. In walks Malinga.

43.3

Broad to Malinga, OUT, bowled him! That's an easy one for Broad, just pitching it up and beating the bat as Malinga tries a dinky little dab, again off stump is pegged back

SL Malinga b Broad 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

On a hat-trick. Mendis takes guard. Its 197 for 9.

43.4

Broad to Mendis, no run, well played, gets his bat out in front of the pad and defends a full, straight ball to the off side

43.5

Broad to Mendis, no run, beaten on this one, Broad holding back the length and straightening the ball to Mendis who pushes inside the line and misses

43.6

Broad to Mendis, 1 run, full down the pads, Mendis neatly works that away for one

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End of over 44 (1 run) Sri Lanka 198/9 (RR: 4.50)
BAW Mendis    1* (3b)      SCJ Broad    9-0-42-3
KMDN Kulasekara    9* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-17-2

Mendis practicing his forward defensive...

44.1

Anderson to Mendis, no run, nice and full, just outside off, and Mendis plays and misses

44.2

Anderson to Mendis, no run, gets nicely in line and defends a length ball soundly

44.3

Anderson to Mendis, 1 run, gets across and turns a single off his pads

England are almost five overs behind the over-rate. Poor stuff.

44.4

Anderson to Kulasekara, 1 run, too full on the toes and clipped away to raise the 200

Mind you, the batting Powerplay is still on!

44.5

Anderson to Mendis, no run, full and straight but Mendis is right in line, defending well

44.6

Anderson to Mendis, no run, fuller and wider this time, beating the bat as Mendis feels for it

End of over 45 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 200/9 (RR: 4.44)
BAW Mendis    2* (8b)      JM Anderson    9-2-19-2
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (16b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    9-0-42-3

45.1

Broad to Kulasekara, SIX, shot! Gets up in the air, arches his back, and flays a short ball ferociously over deep backward point for six, that's the shot of a batsman, mind you

45.2

Broad to Kulasekara, no run, much, much fuller and Kula drives it back to Broad

Broad has to keep it full ... that last ball for six was terrible, and costing England.

45.3

Broad to Kulasekara, no run, backs away and drives the full ball to extra cover, Mendis says nope

45.4

Broad to Kulasekara, no run, full toss this time, which Kula hops back and pats to Broad

45.5

Broad to Kulasekara, 1 leg bye, short ball down the leg side, Kula hops up and deflects it for one

45.6

Broad to Mendis, 1 run, short ball into the body, he takes his eyes off it and defends and the ball runs in front of square leg

That is the end of Broad this evening. Takes 3 for 49. An email from John: "Poor Captaincy by Strauss, he had Sri Lanka on the ropes and let them off. Why oh why did he take Anderson off when he was clearly on fire, if he had taken another wicket or two Sri Lanka would have probably collapsed for under 100. They deserve to lose with captaincy like that, his bowling changes defy belief!!"

End of over 46 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 208/9 (RR: 4.52)
BAW Mendis    3* (9b)      SCJ Broad    10-0-49-3
KMDN Kulasekara    16* (21b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-2-19-2

Wright takes the ball. Not sure where Anderson is. He's been super.

46.1

Wright to Mendis, no run, full and straight, Mendis gets in line and plays it back

46.2

Wright to Mendis, 1 run, short ball, digs it in to Mendis who flails and bunts it to square leg

46.3

Wright to Kulasekara, 1 run, low full toss driven down to long-off for another single

46.4

Wright to Mendis, 1 run, good shot, very positively played by Mendis, getting in line and on-driving the full and straight ball between midwicket and mid-on

46.5

Wright to Kulasekara, no run, yorker outside off, beats the bat as Kula chases it

46.6

Wright to Kulasekara, no run, taken by Collingwood? Yes? No? Its not a catch say the umpires ... Wright pitches very full, Kula drives while making room, seemingly slicing it into the ground before it pops up to backward point where Collingwood tumbles to his left, catches it, and straightaway asks how legit his effort was .. tons of replays later the verdict is not out ... one of those that were too close to call

End of over 47 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 211/9 (RR: 4.48)
KMDN Kulasekara    17* (24b 1x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    6-0-34-1
BAW Mendis    5* (12b)      SCJ Broad    10-0-49-3

47.1

Anderson to Mendis, 1 wide, short and wide, sits up sharply, Mendis chases, misses, wide is called

47.1

Anderson to Mendis, no run, pitches it up wide and he leaves it be

47.2

Anderson to Mendis, no run, hits a length and beats Mendis off the back foot

47.3

Anderson to Mendis, OUT, good catch by Strauss at slip, diving forward to cup an outside edge low, Mendis stays in his crease and pushes at the ball and Anderson ends a very good evening personally

BAW Mendis c Strauss b Anderson 5 (17m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

So, England will need 213 to win. The real damage was done at the start when they nipped out the top order. Two partnerships brought Sri Lanka back. Kandamby and Mathews were good today. England bowled too many wides. Will that hurt them? Time will tell. See you all shortly.

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