Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.2 a skip down the wicket, slapped into the off side but in the air and Root dives to catch at cover a fine flying take to his right-hand side and England get a much-needed wicket. Dilshan didn't get the elevation on the stroke and it was an excellent catch from Root 55/1
    10.5 full at the stumps, huge cry for lbw and given him out! Perera goes for the review almost immediately but there's nothing on Hot Spot nor on Real Time Snicko. Height could save Perera here but no, Hawk Eye has the delivery taking a good smack of the top of off stump, far more than "umpire's call" might suggest. Classic full inswing from Anderson and England are moving here 62/3
    9.6 floated up, sharp turn squares Sangakkara up takes a thick edge that's taken by Jordan with an outstanding leap to his left, outstanding take because that went sharply off the edge but it was the sharp turn that did for Sangakkara, it pitched on about middle and leg and ragged right across the stumps 59/2
    38.4 full length and Jayawardene goes to drive down the ground and gets it all wrong, putting it high into the sky and straight to mid-off. Extraordinary stroke, he was in complete control put didn't time this at all, sending it high and Anderson didn't have to move to take a straightforward catch. Perhaps didn't quite come onto the bat as Jayawardene would have liked 160/4
    not out
    not out
    18 (lb 6, w 12)
    222/4 (48.2 Overs, RR: 4.59)
    Fall of wickets: 1-55 (TM Dilshan, 7.2 ov), 2-59 (KC Sangakkara, 9.6 ov), 3-62 (MDKJ Perera, 10.5 ov), 4-160 (DPMD Jayawardene, 38.4 ov)
    JM Anderson10.013313.30443030
    HF Gurney10.014604.60356020
    CJ Jordan8.005516.87164050
    JC Tredwell10.023023.00401100
    JE Root6.002504.16151000
    RS Bopara4.202706.23114000

Match Notes

  • Fine-tuning for Sri Lanka to peak at World Cup

    Sri Lanka have the batting raw materials to launch a fine World Cup campaign but a little polishing may make a considerable difference in eight months' time

  • England must confront failings to improve

    There were some admirable aspects to England's cricket in this series but they are going to need to rethink their tactics for the World Cup

  • England should apologise for mankading, not SL

    An editorial in the <i>Guardian</i> says Sri Lanka's mankading of Jos Buttler was well within the rule books, and so it should be England who apologise for the incident, not the visitors

  • Emboldened Sri Lanka keep their cool

    It may have been tempting for Sri Lanka to hide Sachithra Senanayake in this match, in hope the furore would blow over. But emboldened by the added pressure instead, they made his role in the match more prominent

  • Jayawardene finds the gap

    Plays of the day from the fifth and final one-day international between England and Sri Lanka