Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

WU Tharanga
62(103) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 6 6 3 1 0 1 3
KP Pietersen
58(80) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 1 0 0 4 6

Best performances - Bowlers

CRD Fernando
O9.0
M0
R41
W3
Eco4.55
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SI Mahmood
O9.0
M0
R50
W4
Eco5.55
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
50 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 233/8

  • SI Mahmood2 (2b)
  • CRD Fernando9-0-41-3
  • SL Malinga10-1-50-2

Well, this has been excellent stuff from Sri Lanka, holding their nerve, bowling well and that's a great match and they deserve the win. Good batting from Nixon and Bopara, sneaking up on the outside and taking England close, but with no cigar. There will be some consolation, though, as the defeat is so narrow, it won't have much of a detrimental effect on their net run rate if it comes down to it.

This is the kind of match the tournament's been crying out for and, after Sri Lanka are involved in another close finish, here's Fernando: "A fantastic game, I think I did well today. I think the boys are playing really well." He explains that Jayawardene told him to bowl in the block hole, no slower balls, and his advice paid off.

Thanks for joining us today, hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have, and that's halfway through the Super Eight stage now. The next World Cup match is this Saturday, when Bangladesh take on South Africa, so do join us then.

49.6
W
Fernando to Bopara, OUT, bowled him! Neck and crop! What a brilliant delivery; just back of a length, the perfect wicket-to-wicket delivery to clip the top of off. Great finish, well done Sri Lanka, well done Fernando. Great stuff!

Fernando pulls out of that delivery! It just didn't seem to come out of his hand, at all, he got right through the action. Take two...

49.5
1
Fernando to Mahmood, 1 run, drives that one into his foot, it drops forward and they run the single

The batsmen having a bit of word now, as you would. So tense now

49.4
1
Fernando to Bopara, 1 run, outside off and that's driven out to the sweeper on the off side and Mahmood's now on strike
49.3
2
Fernando to Bopara, 2 runs, drives that through cover and they press back to get the second - and that's his fifty from 51 balls
49.2
4
Fernando to Bopara, FOUR runs, so well played, so calm, Bopara helping that from off and merely presenting the face of the bat, a paddle, so delicate, and that runs away. Just uses the pace, and that runs over short fine leg and on its way
49.1
1
Fernando to Mahmood, 1 run, on off and that's a quick single - and, crucially for England, Bopara will now be on strike

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

WU Tharanga
62(103) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 6 6 3 1 0 1 3
KP Pietersen
58(80) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 1 0 0 4 6

Best performances - Bowlers

CRD Fernando
O9.0
M0
R41
W3
Eco4.55
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SI Mahmood
O9.0
M0
R50
W4
Eco5.55
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

ICC Cricket World Cup

Pool A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ660012.0002.568
AUS64109.0002.260
SL64208.0000.376
BDESH63207.0000.130
ENG62404.000-0.758
AFG61502.000-1.856
SCOT60600.000-2.226
Pool B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA660012.0001.832
SA64208.0001.707
PAK64208.000-0.084
WI63306.000-0.049
IRE63306.000-0.931
ZIM61502.000-0.532
UAE60600.000-2.039