England tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Sri Lanka v England at Dambulla, Oct 7, 2007
England won by 2 wickets (with 7 balls remaining) (D/L method)
7 October 2007 - day/night match (50-over match)

1.30pm Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the third ODI from Dambulla. Win the toss, win the match as one wag said earlier. He might be closer to the truth than we care to think. Team news and pitch report to follow. There will be more than a few sore heads among the England supporters after yesterday's drubbing of Australia in the rugby World Cup.

2.00pm Sri Lanka have won the toss. "We'll have a bat," says Mahela Jayawardene which is about as surprising as a turkey voting against Christmas. Asked if winning the toss was as good as winning the match under these conditions, he grinned: "Hopefully not, It's something we don't want to happen." Paul Collingwood looked rueful as he tried to pretend that Sri Lanka were not 75% of the way to victory before the match has started. The way he turned away when the coin came down the wrong way said more than any words ...

Both sides field the same XIs as they have for the first two matches of the series.

2.10pm After today the two sides go to Colombo for the fourth and fifth matches of this all-too-brief series. The bad news is that its raining in the capital, as is customary during the rainy season. Why do people who schedule these games seem to do so without bothering to look at things such as forecasts and seasons ... so it could be win today and win the series.

Out trundle England, bouncing like lambs in the spring sunshine. Sri Lanka's openers follow at a more sedate pace. The pitch will decide this, and so far it's been as dead as Australia's rugby side.

0.1

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, angled across, that might have been called a wide later on in the innings but a sniff of leeway allowed there

0.2

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, tighter line, Tharanga back and drops at his feet

0.3

Anderson to Tharanga, 2 runs, flicked off his pads behind square on the leg side, Broad has some ground to make up and that allows the second ... in any case, the throw is wayward

0.4

Anderson to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, turned round the corner again, Broad zooms in and sends a wild throw to the bowler's end this time ... variety, spice of life etc

0.5

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, banged in - he really bent his back - and the ball slides over the ducking Jayasuriya

0.6

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, wide, Jayasuriya reaches, gets a thick bottom edge, the ball bangs into the turf behind the wicket and mustard leaps to his left to make a one-handed save as the ball heads high at first slip

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • ST Jayasuriya 0 (2b)
    • WU Tharanga 2 (4b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-2-0

Two slips for Ryan Sidebottom ... Shah and Cook

1.1

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga turned square, the ball squirts off a thick edge toward backward point

1.2

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, plays round his pad to midwicket

The band has started up. Not sure what tune they are playing ... not sure it is a tune as much as a random collection of solos

1.3

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pushed to mid-on with soft hands, Jayasuriya was out of his crease like a whippet and even though the ball went straight to the fielder it was an easy run

1.4

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, driven to mid-off, too firmly for the single

1.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 2 runs, turned into wide open spaces on the leg side, square leg has a lot of ground to make up to collect the ball out in the deep midwicket area

Second slip comes out to short extra cover.

1.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, slower ball, back and defended

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • WU Tharanga 5 (8b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1 (4b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-4-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-2-0

A slight delay as a small boy ambles behind the bowlers arm oblivious to the irate signals from the umpire ...

2.1

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, straight and full, defended

2.2

Anderson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, driven towards the off side but the ball gets a thick inside edge and squirms into the on side

2.3

Anderson to Tharanga, 1 run, driven to deep cover, Jayasuriya had to scurry back as Tharanga not interested in a second as Sidebottom fires in the low return

2.4

Anderson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pushed a few yards towards midwicket, a quick run, Anderson scrambles to his left to field but he can't prevent the single

2.5

Anderson to Tharanga, FOUR, too far to leg, helped round the corner and it's fine enough to beat the fielder and that's the first boundary of the day

2.6

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, outside off, no shot

End of over 3 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 4.66)

    • WU Tharanga 10 (11b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 3 (7b)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-9-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-4-0

The groundstaff are looking purposeful ... there's rain in the air.

3.1

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, full and straight, Jayasuriya back and blocks

3.2

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, slower ball beats a nothing prod, strikes the pad and a loud appeal from Sidebottom but it was heading down the leg side

3.3

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 1 run, whipped to leg for a single

3.4

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, down the leg, Mustard appeals for no other reasons that to try to distract Rudi Koertzen but the wise old owl is not taken in ....

3.10pm The stumps are being put back in but there's been some leakage and Koertzen is looking at the pitch with the intensity of a gardener who has found insects on his prize marrow. But we should resume soon ...

3.05pm The rain has stopped and now it's mopping-up ... lots of effort but not much progress so far. Play should start in 15 minutes ... but there's some pretty dark clouds looming over the hills.

2.45pm And on come the groundstaff ... no shortage of numbers there ... as the players amble off while a few dribbles of rain fall. I've seen fewer people at the opening ceremony of the Olympics ... white-shirted helpers hauling large olive-green tarpaulins into place.

And out come the players ... thankfully as we have been told there is a reserve day and if we don't get 20 overs a side in today then it's all back tomorrow and that's not an appealing prospect. Sidebottom to resume and the sun's come out to welcome the resumption ...

3.4

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, wide and a sniff short, cut with some aggression but slap-bang to backward point

3.5

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, inside edge into pads, the ball dribbles into the off side and Jatasuriya shapes as if he wants the run but Sidebottom is there ina trice and the batsman heads back to the crease

3.6

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, back, patted into the off side, extra cover roars in to prevent the single

End of over 4 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 17/0 (RR: 4.25)

    • ST Jayasuriya 3 (12b)
    • WU Tharanga 11 (12b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-6-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-9-0

A decent Sunday crowd in here today ... almost full and they're still coming.

4.1

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, outside off and a late decision to leave as the ball seams away from the left hander

4.2

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, short of a length, fended into the leg side but short midwicket in quickly

4.3

Anderson to Tharanga, 1 run, wider and a controlled cut to deep backward point

Horns and bugles troll out their tunes ...

4.4

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, jumpy in the crease, inside edge into pads and out into the covers

Jayasuriya not found his touch yet ... he looks very jittery.

4.5

Anderson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, cut past point but a fumble by backward point allows the run

4.6

Anderson to Tharanga, 1 run, slower ball, Tharanga waits and cracks that to the right of Pietersen at mid-off, not much power but enough to enable the single

End of over 5 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 20/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • WU Tharanga 13 (16b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 4 (14b)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-12-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-6-0

Jayasuriya changes his bat. Hope this one has a middle because he hasn't found it yet.

5.1

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 2 runs, a thick outside edge to third man

5.2

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, defended

Shah at first slip goes a yard wider.

5.3

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, a rather limp drive, played down the wrong line and the ball beats the outside edge

5.4

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, outside off, again Tharanga misses as he shapes to cut ... a slightly low bounce did for him there

5.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, OUT, straight, Tharanga once more plays down the wrong line with not much foot movement, the ball finds a big gap between bat and pad and pins back the off stump

WU Tharanga b Sidebottom 15 (24m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Tight wicket-to-wicket bowling from Sidebottom, Tharanga all at sea that over and he paid for a very weak prod. "he just missed a straight one," says Gnasher. That about sums it up.

5.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, outside off, Sangakkara leaves

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 22/1 (RR: 3.66)

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (1b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 4 (14b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-8-1
    • JM Anderson 3-0-12-0
6.1

Anderson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pulled up over square leg, enough to clear the ring fielders but to drop well short of the man in the deep

6.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, Sangakkara shimmies to leg, the ball thuds into his pads and dribbles behind square

6.3

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, a rather nothing pat into the covers

6.4

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, back into the crease and blocked

6.5

Anderson to Jayasuriya, FOUR, too short and Jayasuriya executes a textbook pull

6.6

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, looks to turn to leg but is beaten all ends up, a loud appeal for lbw but it pitched well outside leg

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 28/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • ST Jayasuriya 9 (19b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 0 (2b)
    • JM Anderson 4-0-17-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-8-1

Sangakkara has 47 runs from 98 balls so far this series so the TV stats tell us ... not in any kind of form ...

7.1

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, thick outside edge, all along the ground

7.2

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, 1 run, neatly clipped to deepish midwicket

7.3

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short, Jayasuriya steers the ball down to third man, just uses the pace of the ball to do the hard work

7.4

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, stands tall and punches the ball to mid-off, but off balance and so cannot get power into the stroke

7.5

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, plays off the back foot again, jabs the ball back to the bowler

7.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, immaculate forward defensive shot to an on-the-button delivery

End of over 8 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 30/1 (RR: 3.75)

    • KC Sangakkara 1 (7b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 10 (20b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-0-10-1
    • JM Anderson 4-0-17-0
8.1

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, snorter which rips past the outside edge ... Will Luke can hardly contain himself and unleashes a series of yelps

8.2

Anderson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pushed into the off side for a sharp single ... that shouldn't have been a run though, the fielders ought to be a yard closer

8.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, flicked off his pads behind square, Broad has a long way to trundle round from long leg

8.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, driven to mid-off

8.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, slanted across Sangakkara who stands back and watches it pass

8.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, fuller but once more Sangakkara decides to leave

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 33/1 (RR: 3.66)

    • KC Sangakkara 3 (11b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 11 (22b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 5-0-20-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-0-10-1
9.1

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, two steps and a heave but the ball barely gets to mid-on

Jayasuriya looks annoyed with himself ...

9.2

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, OUT, short, Jayasuriya pulls but gets cramped and can't keep it down, Swann sprints in from deep backward square leg and slides into the catch, taking it a couple of inches above the turf

ST Jayasuriya c Swann b Sidebottom 11 (39m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.83

An excellent catch. Jayasuriya never really settled and Sri Lanka looking a bit lost at the moment.

9.3

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, wide, a flash, a miss and Mustard fumbles as well, but first slip mops up

"Too hot for Mustard," says Gnasher. And he's only the 1067th person to crack a Mustard gag so far today ...

9.4

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, middle and off, defended to midwicket

9.5

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, right back onto his stumps, squirted to backward point

9.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, 1 run, back and a controlled edge to third man

And now a man who is so up for this that he's had to gulp down some Valium just to keep some semblance of self control. Will Luke.

End of over 10 (1 run) Sri Lanka 34/2 (RR: 3.40)

    • KC Sangakkara 4 (15b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (0b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 5-0-11-2
    • JM Anderson 5-0-20-0

Thanks Martin. I am, in a manner of speaking, up for this

10.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, nudged off his hips. A poor ball on his legs, really

Here come the showers. It's nice and bright and sunny out there but no, the shower has turned into another torrent and on come the courgette-coloured covers. In fact, the rain has now stopped - it's one of those days - and England meander off the pitch. Pietersen's out on the pitch in a teapot-stance. He's not going anywhere, and here come the players. Super little rain break, that

10.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, swinging down the leg side and Anderson is convinced he's got his man here, but it's comfortably drifting past the leg stump. Encouraging swing though for Anderson

The sun's out, by the way. For now

10.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, well bowled. A testing line outside the off stump and Jayawardene shuffles back into his crease, angling this past the slips down to third man. Neatly played

10.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, close! Very, very close indeed. More bounce for Anderson, forcing the left-hander back into his crease and he blocked it off the back foot, the ball evading his leg stump by a cat's whisker

10.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, cautiously, warily prodded off the back foot. A good line outside off stump here

10.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, ooh and this one keeps low, scudding along the turf to Mustard

Had that been straighter, he'd have been plumb

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 36/2 (RR: 3.27)

    • KC Sangakkara 5 (19b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (2b)
    • JM Anderson 6-0-22-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 5-0-11-2

Sidebottom to continue over the wicket with two slips

11.1

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, no run, just short of a length, Jayawardene is solid in defence off the back foot

His pace has been impressive today, Sidebottom. Just seems to be in a good rhythm

11.2

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, no run, fuller this time and it's firmly pushed out to cover

Martin, Rain Man, notices it's starting to piddle out there again. It's going to be one of those days: although it's bright and sunny at the moment, the clouds are looming and ominously dark

11.3

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, no run, forced out to cover off the back foot

11.4

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, no run, good line again, defended off the back foot

11.5

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, 1 run, a false shot from Jayawardene. On his off stump and swinging back into him, he gets a thick inside edge - thick enough to grab a single

So, Sidebottom toe left-hander now

11.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, nudged to leg but he can't find the gap

Another excellent over from Sidebottom. Metronomically accurate

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 37/2 (RR: 3.08)

    • KC Sangakkara 5 (20b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (7b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 6-0-12-2
    • JM Anderson 6-0-22-0

Ah, here's Stuart Broad replacing James Anderson. Broad's action reminds me a little of Andre Nel. It's not quite as horrific, but there's a definite feeling when he approaches the crease that he's running down a slippery hill

12.1

Broad to Jayawardene, OUT, got him! Terrible shot from Jayawardene. A loosener from Broad, dropping it short and wide but Jayawardene flayed his bat at it without keeping it down, the ball flying straight to Paul Collingwood at point who took it comfortably at face height

DPMD Jayawardene c Collingwood b Broad 2 (15m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Well well well, who'd have thunk it? Sri Lanka had the clear advantage of winning the toss, but England have attacked them really well

12.2

Broad to Silva, 1 run, too straight and worked off his toes for an easy single to get off the mark

12.3

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, Sangakkara rocks back and defends

12.4

Broad to Sangakkara, 2 runs, very well bowled, Broad. Full and straight, cutting back into Sangakkara who plays it well in the end, knocking it to leg off his toes. Ball kept disconcertingly low, though

12.5

Broad to Sangakkara, 2 runs, the wrong length this time, much too short and Sangakkara can whip it through square leg with ease

12.6

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, good end to a successful first over for Broad as Sangakkara is forced to defend his off stump off the back foot

End of over 13 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 42/3 (RR: 3.23)

    • KC Sangakkara 9 (24b)
    • LPC Silva 1 (1b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 6-0-12-2

The rain is holding off for the moment. And here's Sidebottom to continue

13.1

Sidebottom to Silva, no run, lovely delivery, forcing the right-hander back into his stumps and he defends it cautiously

Excellent spell this from Sidebottom. A testing line, nagging length and he's bowling at a good pace

13.2

Sidebottom to Silva, no run, quicker but wide, Silva's eyes light up and he tries to cut this but it keeps a little low. A play-and-miss

13.3

Sidebottom to Silva, no run, ooh close once again. Wonderful ball, cutting away from the right-hander who prods and misses

13.4

Sidebottom to Silva, no run, on middle-and-leg, swinging back into his legs and it's nudged off the back foot

Silva is playing very warily indeed. He looks quite uncomfortable at the moment, with Sidebottom moving it both ways

13.5

Sidebottom to Silva, no run, a touch straighter this time. Silva defends

13.6

Sidebottom to Silva, no run, pushed back to the bowler who collapses to the ground to field

End of over 14 (maiden) Sri Lanka 42/3 (RR: 3.00)

    • LPC Silva 1 (7b)
    • KC Sangakkara 9 (24b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 7-1-12-2
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-1
14.1

Broad to Sangakkara, OUT, and he's walked! How extraordinary. Wide of the off stump, Sangakkara cut and missed, the ball flying through to Mustard who didn't appeal. And nor did Broad...but Sangakkara tucked his bat under his arm and marched off. A poor piece of cricket. It was the thinnest of edges, and no England player appealed, yet Sangakkara marched off to cause confused (albeit delighted) expressions from England's fielders

KC Sangakkara c †Mustard b Broad 9 (41m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.00

Bizarre dismissal. Mustard got into a bit of hot water with his captain in the last game when he failed to appeal, but he can't really be blamed this time. It was the thinnest of edges...but clearly Sangakkara felt he nicked it

They're back on again

Oh dear, the rain's falling. Off go the players.

14.2

Broad to Dilshan, no run, ooh close once again, a play-and-miss outside the off stump

It's stopped raining again, and we hear that the lunch break will be reduced. But there's still several damp patches to mop up first, by which time there could very well be another deluge from the heavens. Hang in there.

Maybe this place should be renamed Damp-bulla. See what I did there? I'll get my coat.

They're off again, and will be for some time as the covers are being hauled on by a small army of volunteers. It's moist out there. In fact, it's now hammering down. We'll keep you updated as and when we hear more

So then, Broad to continue

Good news. The players are making their way out into the middle, not before Collingwood ushers his men around for a quick pep talk. Oh and the match has been reduced to 48 overs we hear.

14.3

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, a good start, forcing him back into his crease but a neat nudge to leg yields a single

Good crowd today, in spite of the intermittent mizzle overhead

14.4

Broad to Silva, no run, close! Silva came forward tentatively, and got a thin nick on it - but the ball fell short of Mustard

In fact, it nicked his pad, not his bat

14.5

Broad to Silva, no run, well bowled Broad. Tentatively poked out to cover by Silva

14.6

Broad to Silva, no run, Silva tries to drive this straight down the ground but it squirts out to cover. Good start by Broad

End of over 15 (1 run) Sri Lanka 43/4 (RR: 2.86)

    • LPC Silva 1 (10b)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (2b)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-6-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 7-1-12-2

Sidebottom to continue. The third PowerPlay is upon us, incidentally, for those of you who like to know that sort of thing...

15.1

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, just short of a length, it's firmly and solidly defended off the back foot

15.2

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 1 wide, "catch" is the rather desperate attempt by Sidebottom to distract the umpire, but he stretches out his arm to this leg-side drifter to signal a wide

15.2

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 2 runs, a short-arm pull, swivelling this through midwicket for a couple

15.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, fabulous ball! Really well bowled indeed, cutting this across the right-hander who was expecting it to come back into him

Top quality left-arm fast bowling, this

15.4

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, close! Very close indeed as he's rapped on the pads to this straight delivery...but it's going over the top (but only just)

15.5

Sidebottom to Dilshan, FOUR, marvellous shot that, picking it up off his legs and lofting it over midwicket for four

And, lo, the fifty is up

15.6

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 4 leg byes, Sidebottom roars an appeal for lbw but he's got bat on that. But, oh dear, Cook's throw is wild and wooly and it goes for four overthrows

End of over 16 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 54/4 (RR: 3.37)

    • TM Dilshan 7 (8b 1x4)
    • LPC Silva 1 (10b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 8-1-19-2
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-6-2
16.1

Broad to Silva, 1 run, nudged off his hip. A leg-side stray

16.2

Broad to Dilshan, no run, smacked off the back foot but straight to point

16.3

Broad to Dilshan, FOUR, that's a top shot. It wasn't even that short, but Dilshan pounced on it and pulled it powerfully in front of square for four

16.4

Broad to Dilshan, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored

16.5

Broad to Dilshan, no run, excellent ball. Swinging into the batsman who defends

16.6

Broad to Dilshan, no run, he nearly dabs at this outside the off stump before rightly ignoring it

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 59/4 (RR: 3.47)

    • TM Dilshan 11 (13b 2x4)
    • LPC Silva 2 (11b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-11-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 8-1-19-2

Anderson back into the attack

17.1

Anderson to Silva, 2 runs, rubbish ball, wide of the off stump and it's guided down to a vacant third man. Someone, I can't see who, runs around from deep point to field

17.2

Anderson to Silva, 2 runs, short, wide and cut with power out to backward point

Poor start from Anderson

17.3

Anderson to Silva, no run, nudged off his legs

17.4

Anderson to Silva, no run, much better delivery, swinging in and attacking his off stump. Defended very solidly on the front foot

17.5

Anderson to Silva, no run, and another good nut, in the corridor of uncertainty (© Boycs). Firmly blocked out

17.6

Anderson to Silva, 4 runs, whipped off his toes

End of over 18 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 67/4 (RR: 3.72)

    • LPC Silva 10 (17b)
    • TM Dilshan 11 (13b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 7-0-30-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-11-2

Broad to continue

18.1

Broad to Dilshan, no run, good line, defensively punched off the back foot to cover

18.2

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, this cramps him for room and he steps to leg, cutting it out to deep cover point

18.3

Broad to Silva, no run, cracked off the back foot to point

18.4

Broad to Silva, 1 wide, a filthy wide, winging its wily wide ways wide of the off stump

There's a bit of a delay here while Broad ties his shoelaces. In fact, the boot's coming off and has split in half. Disaster for the big boot, and it looks like it'll be going for a scan with a view to possible surgery.

"We could have played an entire Twenty20 international by now," quips the ever cynical Gnasher.

18.4

Broad to Silva, no run, firmly blocked out on the front foot

18.5

Broad to Silva, no run, guided to point

18.6

Broad to Silva, no run, flayed to point on the front foot for another zero

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 69/4 (RR: 3.63)

    • LPC Silva 10 (21b)
    • TM Dilshan 12 (15b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-13-2
    • JM Anderson 7-0-30-0

Collingwood's bringing himself onto bowl

19.1

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, good start. A little wobbler swinging into the right hander who gets a thick inside edge

Mustard roars "ooh".

19.2

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, slightly quicker and left alone outside the off stump

19.3

Collingwood to Dilshan, 3 runs, fuller this time and it's elegantly driven, opening the face of the bat, out to deep point

19.4

Collingwood to Silva, no run, nudged out to point. Again...

19.5

Collingwood to Silva, no run, very close! A little wibbly wobbler outside the off stump. Silva tries to dab it but is beaten by the complete lack of pace

19.6

Collingwood to Silva, no run, punched to cover

End of over 20 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 72/4 (RR: 3.60)

    • LPC Silva 10 (24b)
    • TM Dilshan 15 (18b 2x4)
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-3-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-13-2
20.1

Broad to Dilshan, 2 runs, a leg-stump full toss which he doesn't really connect with as well he might. Sidebottom makes a mess of it at fine-leg

England's fielding has begun to fall apart in the last few overs

20.2

Broad to Dilshan, no run, confidently driven to mid-off

20.3

Broad to Dilshan, no run, on leg stump, he nudges it to leg

20.4

Broad to Dilshan, no run, a good, quick bouncer from Broad and it hurries the batsman who tries to hook but can't connect

20.5

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, pulled around the corner

20.6

Broad to Silva, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 75/4 (RR: 3.57)

    • LPC Silva 10 (25b)
    • TM Dilshan 18 (23b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-16-2
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-3-0
21.1

Collingwood to Dilshan, 2 runs, too wide, comfortably cut. Runs coming easily here

21.2

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, carefully defended on the front foot. A good line, this, from Collingwood

21.3

Collingwood to Dilshan, 2 runs, whipped off his legs. Broad's throw is accurate, and Mustard's bail-whipping enthusiastic, but they're comfortably home for two

21.4

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked off his pads

21.5

Collingwood to Silva, 1 run, driven on the up out to the sweeper on the boundary

21.6

Collingwood to Dilshan, 2 runs, much too short and pulled away with ease. Broad does well to prevent four, but it's another couple of runs for this pair

End of over 22 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 83/4 (RR: 3.77)

    • TM Dilshan 25 (28b 2x4)
    • LPC Silva 11 (26b)
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-11-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-16-2

Graeme Swann onto bowl with what is now a rather damp ball.

22.1

Swann to Silva, 1 bye, encouraging turn for Swann here, the ball rebounding off the right-hander's arm, I think, just evading slip

22.2

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, paddled around the corner

22.3

Swann to Silva, no run, firmly blocked out. Good line from Swann, bowling it flat and fast

22.4

Swann to Silva, OUT, what a stroke of fortune for Swann, and a neat piece of keeping from Mustard. Silva tried to sweep from outside the off stump, got a bottom edge onto his boot which flew to Mustard's right who stuck out his right paw to take a slick catch

LPC Silva c †Mustard b Swann 11 (53m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.93

Swann is absolutely over the moon with that, and it ends what was becoming an irritating partnership

Swann's around the wicket now to the left-hander

22.5

Swann to Mubarak, no run, fired into his legs, it's helped around the corner

22.6

Swann to Mubarak, no run, flicked to short midwicket

End of over 23 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 85/5 (RR: 3.69)

    • J Mubarak 0 (2b)
    • TM Dilshan 26 (29b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-1-1
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-11-0
23.1

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 run, full but too straight and it's easily knocked around the corner. Square leg is too deep, and the single is easily stolen

A slip comes in for Collingwood. Six fielders inside the circle

23.2

Collingwood to Mubarak, no run, and that's well bowled, testing the left-hander's off stump. Firmly blocked out

23.3

Collingwood to Mubarak, no run, again, a good, tight ball on off stump which is defended solidly

23.4

Collingwood to Mubarak, no run, three in a row, and the straightest of each

23.5

Collingwood to Mubarak, no run, a smidgen wider. He's forward and blocking, once again

23.6

Collingwood to Mubarak, no run, a little offie to finish the over to which Dilshan plays and misses. In fact, he might well have edged it but Mustard's not (yet) standing up to the stumps

End of over 24 (1 run) Sri Lanka 86/5 (RR: 3.58)

    • J Mubarak 0 (7b)
    • TM Dilshan 27 (30b 2x4)
    • PD Collingwood 3-0-12-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-1-1
24.1

Swann to Dilshan, no run, an attempted sweep but he can't connect

24.2

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, ooh what a catch that would've been! Driven back aerially to Swann's left who dived to his left and nearly pulled off a stunning one-handed catch

24.3

Swann to Mubarak, SIX, the first six of the match as Mubarak smacks Swann cleanly over long-off

24.4

Swann to Mubarak, no run, pushed out to cover

24.5

Swann to Mubarak, OUT, got him this time! Tossed up by Swann to invite him down the pitch, Mubarak is beaten by the lack of pace and succeeds only in chipping it straight back to the bowler. A soft wicket, but a very clever piece of bowling

J Mubarak c & b Swann 6 (8m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 60.00

Nerveless cricket from Swann, and very intelligently bowled.

24.6

Swann to Maharoof, 1 run, a leg-side drifter flicked for a single

End of over 25 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 94/6 (RR: 3.76)

    • MF Maharoof 1 (1b)
    • TM Dilshan 28 (32b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-9-2
    • PD Collingwood 3-0-12-0

Collingwood to continue

25.1

Collingwood to Maharoof, no run, excellent line, swinging into the right hander who cautiously defends

25.2

Collingwood to Maharoof, 1 wide, a bouncer! Wided by the umpire, rightly so. It was hammered into the pitch a metre or so by the non-striker, and it had to be to get it over the batsman's head

25.2

Collingwood to Maharoof, 1 run, nudged out to midwicket for an easily run single

25.3

Collingwood to Dilshan, 2 runs, sliced past backward point. Fine leg sprints round to prevent four

25.4

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 run, the slower ball but he reads it, nudges it and runs for a single. Anderson has an excellent arm and hits the stumps, but he's safely home

25.5

Collingwood to Maharoof, no run, pushed back to the bowler

25.6

Collingwood to Maharoof, 1 run, a slower ball cracked out to deep point for a single

End of over 26 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 100/6 (RR: 3.84)

    • MF Maharoof 3 (5b)
    • TM Dilshan 31 (34b 2x4)
    • PD Collingwood 4-0-18-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-9-2
26.1

Swann to Maharoof, 1 run, full, straight - in fact a full toss, pumped through midwicket

26.2

Swann to Dilshan, no run, pushed out to cover. Pietersen dives to save

26.3

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, full, straight and defended to leg

26.4

Swann to Maharoof, 1 run, drops this down out to the off side and they run a quick single

26.5

Swann to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off

26.6

Swann to Dilshan, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 103/6 (RR: 3.81)

    • TM Dilshan 32 (38b 2x4)
    • MF Maharoof 5 (7b)
    • GP Swann 3-0-12-2
    • PD Collingwood 4-0-18-0

Broad back into the attack

27.1

Broad to Maharoof, no run, dropped by Shah at first slip. Excellent ball from Broad inducing a weak drive which takes a thick outside edge and Shah can't quite get down to it.

27.2

Broad to Maharoof, no run, pushed back to Broad who fields in his follow-through and shies at the stumps with a powerful wing

27.3

Broad to Maharoof, no run, good bowling, this. Full and straight, the batsman shuffles across to the off side to defend

27.4

Broad to Maharoof, 1 run, outside edge again, and again it flies through Shah's buttery fingers at first slip

27.5

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, swinging into his legs, it's plucked through midwicket for a single. Pietersen swoops, misses and blasphemes

27.6

Broad to Maharoof, 1 run, flicked through midwicket

End of over 28 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 106/6 (RR: 3.78)

    • MF Maharoof 7 (12b)
    • TM Dilshan 33 (39b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-0-19-2
    • GP Swann 3-0-12-2
28.1

Swann to Maharoof, OUT, another excellent return catch from Swann. Tossed up and Maharoof simply chipped it straight back to Swann who took it an inch or two from the ground

MF Maharoof c & b Swann 7 (14m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

Around the wicket to the left hander

28.2

Swann to Vaas, no run, punched back to the bowler

28.3

Swann to Vaas, no run, "aww," cries Mustard as he pushes this back to the bowler

28.4

Swann to Vaas, no run, punched, aerially, out to cover

28.5

Swann to Vaas, no run, pushed back to the bowler

28.6

Swann to Vaas, no run, neatly defended

Here comes Martin ...

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 106/7 (RR: 3.65)

    • WPUJC Vaas 0 (5b)
    • TM Dilshan 33 (39b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 4-1-12-3
    • SCJ Broad 6-0-19-2

Thanks Will. Super spell and all while setting a record for the most oat biscuits eaten in a ten-minute onslaught. And that's meant he has handed over an over too soon ... anyhow, Broad thunders in with a changed ball ...

29.1

Broad to Dilshan, no run, steered into the off side

29.2

Broad to Dilshan, FOUR, very wide and full, Dilshan leans back and creams that through the covers, a super shot and the pull purred across the damp outfield

29.3

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, wide and short, cut into the grass and wide of backward point, the man in the deep on the 45 fields

29.4

Broad to Vaas, no run, short, an attempted pull doesn't come off and a thick bottom edge crunches into his pads

29.5

Broad to Vaas, no run, fuller, swings across the left hander and no shot

The sun has almost set ... a few clouds in the darkening blue sky but we should be fine ...

29.6

Broad to Vaas, no run, a poke and a miss outside off stump, Mustard takes by his feet

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 111/7 (RR: 3.70)

    • WPUJC Vaas 0 (8b)
    • TM Dilshan 38 (42b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7-0-24-2
    • GP Swann 4-1-12-3
30.1

Swann to Dilshan, no run, premeditated paddle sweep, to far outside off and the ball goes nowhere

30.2

Swann to Dilshan, no run, attempted paddle, missed and taken on the pads

30.3

Swann to Dilshan, no run, jerky, jagged poke behind square on the off

30.4

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, a step, a stop, and then a front-foot jab into a gap on the off side

30.5

Swann to Vaas, 3 runs, steps back and plays the ball some way from him, opens the face and steers the ball wide of slip and the pace of a quicker delivery did the rest

30.6

Swann to Dilshan, no run, a stride and a clip but slap-bang to midwicket

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 115/7 (RR: 3.70)

    • TM Dilshan 39 (47b 3x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 3 (9b)
    • GP Swann 5-1-16-3
    • SCJ Broad 7-0-24-2
31.1

Broad to Vaas, 1 run, feels for the ball with little footwork, it comes off an angled face to third man

31.2

Broad to Dilshan, no run, half forward, cut and superbly stopped at backward point by a tumbling and utterly reliable Collingwood

31.3

Broad to Dilshan, no run, again hit on the walk with an open face, but Collingwood is there once more

31.4

Broad to Dilshan, no run, checked defensive prod, short extra cover does the necessary

31.5

Broad to Dilshan, no run, wide and short, larruped with real power square but guess who stops again

31.6

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, short, it sits up and Dilshan pulls but with no timing, the ball dribbles two thirds of the way to the man in the deep

End of over 32 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 117/7 (RR: 3.65)

    • TM Dilshan 40 (52b 3x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 4 (10b)
    • SCJ Broad 8-0-26-2
    • GP Swann 5-1-16-3
32.1

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, OUT, back, waits and cuts the ball oh-so-late ... Dilshan comes back for the second, taking on Bopara's throw from deep point, but the return is fired in at the bowler's end, right to the top of the stumps on the bounce, Swann removes the bails with Vaas short despite a full-length dive

WPUJC Vaas run out 4 (16m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

32.2

Swann to Dilshan, no run, plopped into the leg side

32.3

Swann to Dilshan, 2 runs, turned square on the off side, this time Bopara has too much ground to make up and there is an easy second

32.4

Swann to Dilshan, no run, swept off middle-and-off stump

32.5

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, driven up to long-off

Slip and short leg come in ...

32.6

Swann to Fernando, no run, stretching forward poke squirts to backward point

End of over 33 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 121/8 (RR: 3.66)

    • CRD Fernando 0 (1b)
    • TM Dilshan 44 (57b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 6-1-20-3
    • SCJ Broad 8-0-26-2
33.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, savage cut to Collingwood at backward point and, almost needless to say, he makes a theatrical and excellent stop

33.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, another herat-and-soul stroke, a pull this time, but not timed and a thick edge goes into the ground and then sits at his feet

33.3

Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR, angled - well, he was actually taking the bat away at the last second - and the ball flies to the right of a diving Mustard ...not a chance

33.4

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, slightly shorter and Dilshan misses with a cut

33.5

Anderson to Dilshan, 4 leg byes, speared down the leg side, it clips Dilshan's pads as he shapes to glance, and the ball evades Mustard's dive and zooms to the rope

33.6

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, again fired it at the batsman's legs, this time he clips it into the deep

A second was possible there but Dilshan is with the rabbits and so he has to milk the strike.

End of over 34 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 130/8 (RR: 3.82)

    • TM Dilshan 49 (63b 4x4)
    • CRD Fernando 0 (1b)
    • JM Anderson 8-0-35-0
    • GP Swann 6-1-20-3

Mandatory ball-change time

34.1

Swann to Dilshan, no run, clipped very late to midwicket

34.2

Swann to Dilshan, 2 runs, steered with an open face to deep cover to reach a battling fifty

"A bit of feeling in his celebration," notes Gnasher. Dilshan has, of course, just been dropped from the Test side and is being punished more with an A-team trip to sunny Zimbabwe.

34.3

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, solid forward push through cover

34.4

Swann to Fernando, no run, floated outside off ... Fernando tempted and he misses with a bit of a prod

34.5

Swann to Fernando, 1 run, worked with a little luck into the leg side

In come the field to cut off the easy single ... they want a go at Fernando next over ...

34.6

Swann to Dilshan, no run, firm straight drive, Swann drops to his right and half stops, enough to prevent the run

End of over 35 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 134/8 (RR: 3.82)

    • TM Dilshan 52 (67b 4x4)
    • CRD Fernando 1 (3b)
    • GP Swann 7-1-24-3
    • JM Anderson 8-0-35-0

Paul Collingwood brings himself back with the changed ball.

35.1

Collingwood to Fernando, no run, dobbler outside off, it almost hangs in the air and Fernando jabs and misses

Mustard standing back ... he needs to be up to the stumps to add to the pressure.

35.2

Collingwood to Fernando, 1 wide, outside off, too much so for Koertzen who signals the wide

35.2

Collingwood to Fernando, no run, jerky prod into the covers

35.3

Collingwood to Fernando, no run, Fernando starts to come forward and is caught on the hop by a sniff of extra bounce and has to settle for a defensive dead bat

35.4

Collingwood to Fernando, 1 run, driven with a thick outside edge, that helps the ball find a gap on the off side

35.5

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, slower, Fernando waits and pushes to midwicket

35.6

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, slower, Fernando waits and pushes to midwicket

End of over 36 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 136/8 (RR: 3.77)

    • TM Dilshan 52 (69b 4x4)
    • CRD Fernando 2 (7b)
    • PD Collingwood 5-0-20-0
    • GP Swann 7-1-24-3
36.1

Swann to Fernando, no run, beaten outside off as he tries to run the ball down to third man

36.2

Swann to Fernando, no run, flighted,a lunge and a miss once again

36.3

Swann to Fernando, 1 run, slightly fuller and a rather ugly drive across the line up to long-on

36.4

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, using his feet well, meets the ball on the half volley and clips to deep midwicket

36.5

Swann to Fernando, 1 run, once more Fernando plays across the line to long-on, effective but not one to show your children

36.6

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, well played, wristily turned to a space at midwicket

End of over 37 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 140/8 (RR: 3.78)

    • TM Dilshan 54 (71b 4x4)
    • CRD Fernando 4 (11b)
    • GP Swann 8-1-28-3
    • PD Collingwood 5-0-20-0

Mustard now up to the stumps ...

37.1

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, back, midwicket round to field

37.2

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 run, firm drive to cover, Bell claws the ball just as it seemed to have got past him but still not able to prevent the single

37.3

Collingwood to Fernando, 1 run, short, paddled with a tennis-like dab to third man

37.4

Collingwood to Dilshan, 2 runs, leg-stump-line, played behind square on the leg side and quick running enables a well-run two

37.5

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, prodigious inswing, helped into the leg side

37.6

Collingwood to Dilshan, 2 runs, very wide and full - would have been called had he left it - driven and Shah sprints round from deep cover to gather and return five yards in from the boundary

End of over 38 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 146/8 (RR: 3.84)

    • TM Dilshan 59 (76b 4x4)
    • CRD Fernando 5 (12b)
    • PD Collingwood 6-0-26-0
    • GP Swann 8-1-28-3
38.1

Swann to Fernando, 1 run, edgily pokes into the cover, Pietersen can't cut off the run and he loops a sky-high return to Swann

38.2

Swann to Dilshan, FOUR, one step and he crashes all along the ground through extra cover, once it beat the man there it was four all the way

38.3

Swann to Dilshan, no run, worked to midwicket

38.4

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, driven to long-on, falling over as he does so but he keeps the ball down

38.5

Swann to Fernando, no run, arm ball, Fernando prods and looks bewildered as the ball beats him

38.6

Swann to Fernando, no run, prodded off the open face to Pietersen at backward point

End of over 39 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 152/8 (RR: 3.89)

    • CRD Fernando 6 (15b)
    • TM Dilshan 64 (79b 5x4)
    • GP Swann 9-1-34-3
    • PD Collingwood 6-0-26-0
39.1

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, turned to midwicket. "Nice, Colly" shouts Mustard.

39.2

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 run, inside edge scurries into the leg side and a walked single

the fielders converge for the No. 10.

39.3

Collingwood to Fernando, 2 runs, a filthy swing, a thick edge and the ball zips down to third man

That could have gone anywhere ...

39.4

Collingwood to Fernando, 3 runs, full toss, flat batted with no follow through over mid-off .. all rather surreal

39.5

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, a really good take by the keeper but it's still a wide

39.5

Collingwood to Dilshan, FOUR, rasping drive through cover, Shah makes a despairing dive racing round from deep cover but the ball was always ahead of him

39.6

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 run, punched off the back foot to deep extra cover, and he gets the single to keep the strike

End of over 40 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 164/8 (RR: 4.10)

    • TM Dilshan 70 (83b 6x4)
    • CRD Fernando 11 (17b)
    • PD Collingwood 7-0-38-0
    • GP Swann 9-1-34-3

Swann's last over.

40.1

Swann to Dilshan, OUT, and he has his fourth wicket, Dilshan caught in two minds, and he scoops a half volley gently to Collingwood at midwicket

TM Dilshan c Collingwood b Swann 70 (117m 84b 6x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

A tame ending to a crucial innings that will have sent a no-nonsense response to Sri Lanka's selectors. If he could have stayed till the end then Sri Lanka would have had a very decent total.

40.2

Swann to Malinga, no run, defended watchfully, pushed through on off stump

40.3

Swann to Malinga, no run, sweeps from outside off, misses and the ball hits him on the pad

40.4

Swann to Malinga, no run, tossed right up, invitingly, Malinga doesn't bite and defends

40.5

Swann to Malinga, no run, squirted out of the blockhole to short third man

40.6

Swann to Malinga, no run, pushed up, defended

A great spell from Swann, 4 for 34 in his ten overs.

End of over 41 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 164/9 (RR: 4.00)

    • SL Malinga 0 (5b)
    • CRD Fernando 11 (17b)
    • GP Swann 10-2-34-4
    • PD Collingwood 7-0-38-0

Ryan Sidebottom back to hunt the bunnies ... will they nibble?

41.1

Sidebottom to Fernando, OUT, yup ... Fernando swings at a shortish ball, had he middled it, it would have headed over midwicket ... he didn't and it looped softly off a top edge to Collingwood at point

CRD Fernando c Collingwood b Sidebottom 11 (39m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 61.11

Sri Lanka will be relieved the lower order held firm, but the damage was done earlier when their top order let them down badly ... Swann leads England off for a spot of tea ...

On most other pitches that would be a poor total, but chasing under lights here is not easy and we still have a game on. We will be back at 7.30pm (1400GMT) for the second innings.

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