Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Well, that wraps up another dire day for England and it is hard to see a way out of this rut which has now seen them lose 14 out of their last 18 ODIs. Full credit to Sri Lanka who batted extremely well and then really turned the screw in the middle overs after England had made a confident start. But they were aided by another wretched bowling display from England. They came into this game with 49 wides in three games and added another 21 today – chip in the three no-balls and that’s an extra four overs and brings the margin of victory into single figures. It’s also worth noting that in Sri Lanka’s last four overs they added 50.

Join us on Saturday for the final match in this series where England have to try hard to avoid the humiliation of a series whitewash and we have to pretend it really matters.

From me, Martin Williamson, and Jenny Thompson, it’s goodnight. Don’t forget to relive the game courtesy of Will Luke’s bulletin

48.4
W
Malinga to Plunkett, OUT, holed out to deep mid-off to end the match, although the contest was finished some time back. The delighted Sri Lankans leave the field to the whoops of their vocal supporters, but the stands are three-quarter empty as people have been drifting off for some time.
48.3
6
Malinga to Plunkett, SIX runs, another seemingly effortless clip over midwicket
48.2
1
Malinga to Harmison, 1 run,
48.2
1w
Malinga to Harmison, 1 wide,
48.1
1
Malinga to Plunkett, 1 run,

END OF OVER:
48 | 3 Runs 2 Wkts | ENG: 276/9 (43 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 21.50)

  • SJ Harmison1 (2b)
  • LE Plunkett22 (15b)
  • CRD Fernando7-0-47-2
  • SL Malinga9-0-54-1

England can take some .. well, no solace actually … from the fact that although this is their sixth ODI defeat on the trot, they are some way short of their worst, 11 losses between October 2000 and August 2001

47.6
0
Fernando to Harmison, no run,
47.5
1lb
Fernando to Plunkett, 1 leg bye, full toss but missed it
47.4
1
Fernando to Harmison, 1 run, effortlessly driven over the infield for a single. If the game had been alive they might have tried for a second.
47.3
1
Fernando to Plunkett, 1 run, up in the blockhole and bounced back over the bowler
47.2
W
Fernando to Ali, OUT, Kabir Ali pushes into the off, Fernando scurries across, picks up, turns and throws down the stumps with Ali not even in the frame Ali trudges off to contemplate a dismal day … 0 for 77 from 10 overs and a first-ball duck. He’s probably got a parking ticket as well.
47.1
W
Fernando to Dalrymple, OUT, straight and Dalrymple aims a big hit but misses and the ball takes his middle and off stumps. Dalrymple departs, one of the few England players to have emerged from today – and this series – with any credit

END OF OVER:
47 | 9 Runs | ENG: 273/7 (46 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.80, RRR: 15.33)

  • LE Plunkett21 (13b)
  • JWM Dalrymple33 (48b)
  • SL Malinga9-0-54-1
  • CRD Fernando6-0-45-1
46.6
6
Malinga to Plunkett, SIX runs, fast full toss and returned with interest, flying into the crowd behind long-on.
46.5
1
Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 run, fired in at the body and worked square to leg
46.4
1
Malinga to Plunkett, 1 run,
46.3
0
Malinga to Plunkett, no run, down the leg and a few boos as no wide signalled, but Plunkett did move to the off
46.2
0
Malinga to Plunkett, no run, Plunkett moves to leg and is well beaten outside off stump
46.1
1
Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 run, bat into bad and out behind square

END OF OVER:
46 | 10 Runs | ENG: 264/7 (55 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.73, RRR: 13.75)

  • JWM Dalrymple31 (46b)
  • LE Plunkett14 (9b)
  • CRD Fernando6-0-45-1
  • ST Jayasuriya3-0-26-0

Malinga back into the attack

45.6
1
Fernando to Dalrymple, 1 run,
45.5
1
Fernando to Plunkett, 1 run,
45.4
1
Fernando to Dalrymple, 1 run, full toss swinging into the batsman
45.3
1
Fernando to Plunkett, 1 run, Acrobatic half stop by the bowler and as the batsmen scramble a single, Dalrymple accidently clips Fernando on the top of the head with his bat
45.2
4
Fernando to Plunkett, FOUR runs, thwacked over midwicket with confidence