Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AN Cook
56(85) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 3 4 0 2
HDRL Thirimanne
60(101) 2x4 - 1x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • steered
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 4 3 0 4 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

JC Tredwell
O10.0
M2
R30
W2
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SL Malinga
O9.1
M0
R50
W3
Eco5.45
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Commentary

That's all she wrote for this one-day series, Sri Lanka the winniners 3-2 in what has been really a pretty exciting series with batting collapses galore followed by two pretty tight matches. But now we turn to the real stuff with the Test matches to come at Lord's and Headingley, the first at HQ on June 12. England's eagerly anticipated squad is set to be announced on Thursday, so look out for that, and we'll see you for the Test matches, bye for now...

Presentation time, with some interesting issues to deal with for the captains. Here's Alastair Cook: "We were 20 or 30 short. On that wicket, it turned a bit and was quite slow which suited them. It dewed up a bit and came on a bit at the end which was okay to chase. We got off to a good start, everyone got 20s and 30s. The Buttler dismissal, I think you're going to ask Angelo why he did it, I was disappointed with it. You don't know in the spur of the moment what you would do but you hope you wouldn't do it. There were some good things about the series and some progress made - Chris Jordan and Harry Gurney - but still plenty of areas to work on with 20 games until the World Cup."

The winning captain is Angelo Mathews: "After 2006 it's a great moment for us, it's a great achievement for the team. It started of pretty slowly but our bowlers did a brilliant job to pull them back to 220. Buttler was taking unfair starts so we gave him two warnings and after that I didn't know what to do to stop him from doing it. It's within the rules and in the spirit of cricket we gave him chances in this game and the last game."

Man of the Match is the Sri Lanka vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne for his excellent half-century which helped Sri Lanka home very comfortably in the end.

Man of the Series is Lasith Malinga for his excellence with the ball at the start of the innings and especially at the death.

Once again it's been nice to have a close match, this wasn't quite the thriller of Saturday but a contest that had some edge after the Makadding earlier on - more on that to come I'm sure. England were set on making Sri Lanka pay with three quick wickets but missed their chance to dismiss Mahela Jayawardene, he made a steady half-century and added almost a hundred with vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne, who went on to make his own fifty to steer the chase. Just when it was getting close, Angelo Mathews chanced his arm to good effect and the tourists go over the line to come back from 2-1 down to take the series.

Sri Lanka get home pretty comfortably in the end and win by six wickets to take the series 3-2. They've been the better side here, restricted England in the middle overs, bowled them out for a total just below par and then recovered nicely with a strong partnership in the chase and found a kick when they needed it to get over the line with 10 balls to spare.

48.2
4
Bopara to Mathews, FOUR runs, now this is short outside off and slapped past short third man
48.1
4
Bopara to Mathews, FOUR runs, absolute dirt from Bopara, back of a length sliding on the leg side and it's easily turned around the corner backward of square

Mathews has played a lovely hand here, acceleration at the right time to just push Sri Lanka along here, ridden his luck but fortune favours the brave and now Sri Lanka just need one hit, can Mathews provide it? Bopara to bowl...

END OF OVER:
48 | 9 Runs | SL: 214/4

  • AD Mathews34 (32b)
  • HDRL Thirimanne60 (101b)
  • CJ Jordan8-0-55-1
  • JM Anderson10-1-33-1
47.6
1
Jordan to Mathews, 1 run, firm drive to just wide of mid-off for a sharp single
47.5
4
Jordan to Mathews, FOUR runs, short and slapped hard down to third man but it's wide of the fielder for a once-bounce four, once again, Mathews get the run of the ball with that just evading the fielder
47.4
1
Jordan to Thirimanne, 1 run, down the wicket this time but again Thirimanne manages to find third man, this time reaching for a drive and opening the face
47.3
1
Jordan to Mathews, 1 run, step to leg, Jordan follows him, Mathews able to angle it down to third man

Will Mathews try something here...

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AN Cook
56(85) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 3 4 0 2
HDRL Thirimanne
60(101) 2x4 - 1x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • steered
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 4 3 0 4 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

JC Tredwell
O10.0
M2
R30
W2
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SL Malinga
O9.1
M0
R50
W3
Eco5.45
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W