Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IJL Trott
72(87) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
3 0 5 2 1 1 1 1
AD Mathews
62(64) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 1 0 1 7 0 3 6

Best performances - Bowlers

TT Bresnan
O9.0
M0
R49
W3
Eco5.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
S Randiv
O10.0
M0
R42
W5
Eco4.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

England win by 16 runs and take series 3-2. We've been waiting for a close finish and finally we got one. This match has gone one way and the other and back again before settling in England's favour. They may still have a lot of work to go before they are a proper ODI side but Cook can be very pleased with securing a series win. Sri Lanka have, at times, looked a vastly superior side this series - their first since Murali's retirement - but have come away second. Nevertheless in Dinesh Chandimal especially they have real talent for the future.

Really was an excellent final match, Swann was superb, as was Bresnan and Dernbach's double at the end proved he has the mentality, at least, to succeed at this level. The pitch was not the classic seamer England routinely feel comfortable on but they managed to fight their way to victory.

Atherton leads the press conference and Jonathan Trott is named man of the match. Wouldn't like to be sitting next to Bob Willis right now. "It was a lot easier coming in after Cook and Kieswetter had done such a good job," he says. "We wanted to have a quick look then go as quickly as possible. There is a lot of belief in our changing room and we're very pleased to have beat Sri Lanka in conditions today that are similar to Colombo."

Alastair Cook is named player of the series Wonderfully, Atherton has to present him with that award. Good series for a plodder eh? "To play well under the pressure of a deciding match was very pleasing. We don't want it to be close but we handled the pressure excellently today. There is stuff to improve on but this is a step in the right direction." Cook is somehow managing not to look very smug and is disarmed by Atherton asking if "it's nice to prove the critics wrong, given that I was one of the biggest ones?". Smiles all round. Aw.

Well, that ends the England v Sri Lanka summer. It was nice to get a good finale after a summer series that hasn't quite sparked off. Still, thanks for all the emails. That's all from me, Sahil Dutta, Liam Brickhill, Andrew McGlashan, and Andrew Miller.

48.2
W
Dernbach to Malinga, OUT, bowled him! Dernbach is appealing at first but realises soon enough he's won the match for England! Spearing yorker bursts under the bat and rattles the stumps! England go wild, the crowd goes wild! Cook has pulled off victory in his first series as full-time captain

That could just about be the final blow. That 15-run partnership between Anderson and Dernbach at the end of the England innings has been pivotal.

48.1
W
Dernbach to Mathews, OUT, slower ball has done for Mathews! Dernbach screams to the heavens! Great delivery! Mathews was completely deceived, played much too early, lost one hand off the bat and it looped to Bresnan at short third man who held on. Brilliant innings but it might not be enough

Dernbach, what are you made of? In his first series he has a huge task here.

END OF OVER:
48 | 11 Runs 2 Wkts | SL: 252/8

  • SL Malinga6 (1b)
  • AD Mathews62 (63b)
  • JM Anderson10-0-55-2
  • SR Patel10-0-49-1
47.6
6
Anderson to Malinga, SIX runs, shot! Shot Malinga! What a strike! He's just waltzed down the track and crashed this a mile into the stands over long-on! That's changed the things completely!

Malinga is the new man he has the experience but can he keep his cool? This has been an excellent final over from Anderson.

47.5
W
Anderson to Mathews, 1 run, OUT, panic from Sri Lanka! Randiv has gone without facing a ball! Mathews drove nicely out to deep cover and Randiv desperately wanted to come back for a second, Mathews didn't have any of it and the batsmen ended up at the same end, eventually Randiv turned back but far too late

Randiv has done so much in this match and now needs to partner Mathews to the finish.

47.4
W
Anderson to Kulasekara, OUT, Kulasekara has gone! Another slower ball is swung out to deep midwicket, Eoin Morgan looking into the sun steadies himself under it and takes the catch. Dot ball, too
47.3
2
Anderson to Kulasekara, 2 runs, slower ball bouncer is swung away to deep midwicket but it's just a couple. Sri Lanka need a boundary this over

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IJL Trott
72(87) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
3 0 5 2 1 1 1 1
AD Mathews
62(64) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 1 0 1 7 0 3 6

Best performances - Bowlers

TT Bresnan
O9.0
M0
R49
W3
Eco5.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
S Randiv
O10.0
M0
R42
W5
Eco4.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF