ICC World Cup - 33rd match, Super Eights

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 2 runs

9.30am (14.30BST) Right, here we go. England are on their way out followed by Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga...it's all very exciting.

It'll be James Anderson with the new ball, can he find some early swing?

9.25am (14.25BST) In a follow-up to yesterday's discussion about the rules being put in place at the World Cup grounds, we've had this message from Judith in Dominica. "I'm happy that the World Cup is in the Caribbean but I think there are too many restrictions for the Caribbean people." That says it all really.

9.15am (14.15BST) For those of you concerned about Jenny's whereabouts, no need to worry anymore, she has made it safely into the office and can't wait for her first stint on commentary.

9.05am (14.05BST) Michael Vaughan has won the toss and England will bowl first. "The trend has been that it has done a bit early," he said.

England are unchanged despite all the talk of a return for Andrew Strauss, so Ed Joyce stays at the top while Sajid Mahmood keeps his place. "Sri Lanka are playing good cricket but hopefully we can give them a game," said Vaughan. Fills you with hope, doesn't it?

Mahela Jayawardene isn't too unhappy about batting first, saying his potent attack will be dangerous in the second half of the match. "We need to make sure we start well, we've played some really good cricket and we want to enjoy ourselves," said Jayawardene.

Sanath Jayasuriya becomes the most capped ODI player today, overtaking Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the list. Sri Lanka are also unchanged from their last match.

England 1 Michael Vaughan (capt), 2 Ed Joyce, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Andrew Flintoff, 6 Paul Collingwood, 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Paul Nixon (wk), 9 Sajid Mahmood, 10 Jimmy Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar.

Sri Lanka 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Chamara Silva, 6 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7 Russel Arnold, 8 Chaminda Vaas, 9 Dilhara Fernando, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Lasith Malinga.

If you want an overall picture of the day take a read of Will Luke's Bulletin which will be updated at regular intervals, at least when he's not making us cups of tea.

9.00am (14.00BST) A brief weather update...it looks stunning in Antigua today.

Ian Botham says: "The pitch looks hard, it feels hard and the ball should go through." And he reckons it might be worth having a bowl first...although the marks which Andrew mentioned earlier are clearly visible.

8.45am (13.45BST) Hello and welcome to the latest Super Eights match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 (that should keep everyone happy). Today it's England taking on Sri Lanka from the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. I'm Andrew McGlashan and along with Jenny Thompson (once she's battled the London Underground) will be taking through all the action.

Sri Lanka are one of the pre-tournament favourites and have been playing like it throughout - even their one-wicket defeat against South Africa showed how they'll never give up without a huge fight. England, on the other hand, timidly made their way into the Super Eights and against Ireland weren't exactly playing like World Cup winners. Michael Vaughan has said their World Cup starts today, which says plenty about their mindset up to this point. The last time these two sides met Sri Lanka came out 5-0 winners during the 2006 English season.

Anyway, on with the important news of the moment. Our man on the spot, Andrew Miller, has managed to pull himself away from the beaches and bars for long enough to give us some early pitch news. "It looks like a Jackson Pollock reject. There are strange wavey lines all along its length." Sounds interesting.

The teams are out in the centre warming up with their usual array of throw-downs, slip catches and gentle bowls on the edge of the square. The toss is due at 9.00am (14.00BST) so stay with us for all the build-up.

While you are waiting you could take a read of Andrew Miller's Preview and if you want to send us a message click here.

0.1

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, fullish delivery on the middle swung back, Tharanga gets forward and punches it straight to the fielder at mid on

0.2

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, nice line, outside off stump shaping back into the left-hander who lets it go

0.3

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, fuller this time, Tharanga comes onto the front foot and drives firmly to cover

0.4

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, back of length, comes back off the seam and takes Tharanga high on the thigh pad

0.5

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, this one goes across the batsman, good variation after the early part of the over swung into him, Tharanga draws the bat inside the line and lets it go through to Paul Nixon

0.6

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, another comfortable leave as the ball flies past off stump with good carry through to Nixon

Tidy start from Anderson, good pace and carry in the pitch

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
WU Tharanga    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0
ST Jayasuriya    0* (0b)     

It'll be Sajid Mahmood to share the new ball, he doesn't have fond memories of Sri Lankan batsmen after the pasting he suffered in England

1.1

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, FOUR, starts on leg stump, that's a gimme for Jayasuriya who flicks it fine down to the long leg boundary...poor start from Mahmood, pressure already on him

1.2

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, better line, on middle right up to Jayasuriya's toes and it's dug out towards midwicket

1.3

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, Mahmood has adjusted his line, outside off stump and Jayasuriya watches it go through to the keeper

1.4

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, back of a length, Jayasuriya jumps across his crease and plays with a straight bat back down the pitch

1.5

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, yorker from Mahmood, on offstump and Jayasuriya jabs down on it and the ball dribbles into the off side

1.6

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, pitched up on middle, Jayasuriya drives with half a bat up to mid on...good comeback from Mahmood after his first ball went for four

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
ST Jayasuriya    4* (6b 1x4)      SI Mahmood    1-0-4-0
WU Tharanga    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

Two slips in

2.1

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, the first waft of the day...Anderson bowls outside off stump and Tharanga aims a booming drive but actually gets nowhere he the ball

2.2

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, ooh, good carry...just outside off stump, that trademark Anderson swing brings it back towards Tharanga who shoulders arms and Nixon takes it up around his chest

2.3

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, big shout, England reckon that's out but Billy Bowden says no. Swung back again, this time between bat and pad, Anderson and Nixon go up for the edge, but replays show it probably just clipped the back pad...good decision but also top bowling

2.4

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, more swing, slightly on leg stump this time and it takes the pad out to square leg

2.5

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, full, outside off stump, another firm drive but Tharanga again picks out cover...keeps the pressure on

2.6

Anderson to Tharanga, 2 runs, finally he's off the mark, on middle and worked through midwicket with strong wrists, there's a comfortable brace to open his account

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (RR: 2.00)
WU Tharanga    2* (12b)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-0
ST Jayasuriya    4* (6b 1x4)      SI Mahmood    1-0-4-0

3.1

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, FOUR, hint of width and Jayasuriya frees his arms and laces it through backward point...he's plenty of those during his ODI career and Mahmood just can't afford to stray, even a little bit

3.2

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, that's better from Mahmood, on middle and draws Jayasuriya onto the front foot and defended to cover

3.3

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, 3 runs, gee, he barely touched that, really just a defensive push into the off side, but the timing was so good it raced through cover and almost made it to the boundary...outfield and pitch looking good

3.4

Mahmood to Tharanga, (no ball) 1 run, ah, there we go, Mahmood's first no ball of the day and Tharanga gets a bottom edge to a wide ball for a single down to third man

3.4

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, back of a length, tries to tuck it into the on side but is taken on the pad

3.5

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, pitched up on off stump at 85mph (136kph) and Jayasuriya comes forward with another well-timed push, this time fielded by Pietersen at cover

3.6

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, first slower ball of the day, turns into a low full toss, carefully watches and pushed to point

End of over 4 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 15/0 (RR: 3.75)
ST Jayasuriya    11* (12b 2x4)      SI Mahmood    2-0-13-0
WU Tharanga    3* (13b)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-0

4.1

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, Anderson keeps his good start going, on middle and played firmly up to mid on...but England need pressure from both ends

4.2

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, there's the other one, angles across the left-hander who lets in go

4.3

Anderson to Tharanga, 2 runs, comes forward and, like Jayasuriya earlier, just pushes at the ball and it beats the infield through cover for a brace

4.4

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, encouraging carry for Anderson as this one goes through to the keeper

4.5

Anderson to Tharanga, 2 runs, half volley, outside off stump and Tharanga drives through the covers but without properly timing it...dribbles halfway towards the fence

4.6

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, well bowl, pushed across Tharanga who feels for it and almost gets an edge...again Nixon takes the ball on the rise

A game of two ends so far, all pressure from Anderson but loose stuff from his Lancashire team-mate Mahmood at the other end

End of over 5 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 19/0 (RR: 3.80)
WU Tharanga    7* (19b)      JM Anderson    3-1-6-0
ST Jayasuriya    11* (12b 2x4)      SI Mahmood    2-0-13-0

5.1

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, pace from Mahmood, around 86mph (138kph), but too much on leg stump and thuds into the tight pad and drops into the leg side

5.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga waits for this and uses the pace of the ball to turn it down behind square on the leg side

5.3

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, sharp bouncer, good aggression from Mahmood and Jayasuriya makes the late decision to turn his head away from the ball...wasn't a million miles from taking a blow

5.4

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, forced back into his crease by that last ball...turns this towards square leg off middle stump

5.5

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, this is better from Mahmood, again keeps Jayasuriya planted well back on his stumps and the ball climbs, takes the splice of the bat and falls down the feet

5.6

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, on off stump, Jayasuriya comes across and plays back to Mahmood

That's a much better over from Mahmood, the question is can he string together a spell of three or four like that

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 21/0 (RR: 3.50)
ST Jayasuriya    11* (17b 2x4)      SI Mahmood    3-0-14-0
WU Tharanga    8* (20b)      JM Anderson    3-1-6-0

6.1

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, stands tall, plays the ball at the top of the bounce and forces down to mid off

6.2

Anderson to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length, Tharanga has time to flick it just to the left of mid on for a comfortable single

"If Sanath doesn't score another hundred today," Geethal Fernando from Canada writes, "i'm going to shave my head!" We're doing similar during the World Cup, but are all going bald anyway. Saves on clipper costs.

6.3

Anderson to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short and Jayasuriya is quickly onto it, rocks back and pulls over square leg...Mahmood makes good ground but in flicking the ball back he then kicks it over the rope, doh.

6.4

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, back and across, played down the pitch

6.5

Anderson to Jayasuriya, FOUR, ah, that's brilliant batting...after the earlier boundary Vaughan moved Mahmood square, so Jayasuriya flicks this one from middle down to the fine leg boundary which is now unprotected

6.6

Anderson to Jayasuriya, no run, finishes with a waft, outside off stump but Jayasuriya - for once - misses a cut

End of over 7 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 30/0 (RR: 4.28)
ST Jayasuriya    19* (21b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-15-0
WU Tharanga    9* (22b)      SI Mahmood    3-0-14-0

Sri Lanka's sprinting physio has just left the ground...Mahmood continues with a man at short cover now

7.1

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, short, on the hip, and flicked down to long leg

7.2

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, gets behind this with a solid defence, back to Mahmood

7.3

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, ooh, nearly...short from Mahmood and a little extra bounce surprises Jayasuriya who tries to turn it through the leg side and gets a leading edge which falls short of Mahmood in his follow through

7.4

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, SIX, bouncer, Jayasuriya gets a big top edge on it which flies fine and goes all the way for the first six of the day...the extra bounce in the surface helped that go for six

7.5

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, no run, goes very full this time, dug out into the covers

7.6

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, OUT, gone! there's the breakthrough for England and it's the huge scalp of Jayasuriya...Mahmood kept his pace going, this one was tight on off stump and is defended with an angled bat and the ball crashes it the stumps. Delight for Mahmood and Vaughan, who looks really pumped at that wicket

ST Jayasuriya b Mahmood 25 (34m 26b 4x4 1x6) SR: 96.15

That's what you get with Mahmood...he'll never be a master of economy but he brings a wicket-taking threat

End of over 8 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 37/1 (RR: 4.62)
     SI Mahmood    4-0-21-1
WU Tharanga    10* (23b)      JM Anderson    4-1-15-0

Here's Kumar Sangakkara, another classy left-hander, but it's Tharanga on strike

8.1

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, on middle, Tharanga plays from the crease down the pitch

8.2

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, goes across Tharanga, left alone comfortably and through to Nixon

8.3

Anderson to Tharanga, 2 runs, full and wide, Tharanga opens his shoulders and drives handsomely behind square on the off side...Panesar makes good ground from third man, slides and picks up...and gets a huge cheer from the England fans

8.4

Anderson to Tharanga, 2 runs, not convincing from Tharanga, on middle and looks to keep a fraction low...gets a thick inside edge past the stumps and down to long leg

8.5

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, back to the bowler with a straight bat

8.6

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, just outside off stump, tight stuff from Anderson and Tharanga covers up

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (RR: 4.55)
WU Tharanga    14* (29b)      JM Anderson    5-1-19-0
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)      SI Mahmood    4-0-21-1

9.1

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara drives his first ball firmly to mid off

9.2

Mahmood to Sangakkara, 1 run, good yorker, Sangakkara is quickly down it and also aware another to grab a quick single as the ball falls dead by his feet...good cricket from everyone

9.3

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, pulls his length back this time, mixing it up a lot, Tharanga turns it to midwicket

9.4

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, goes full again this time, not quite a yorker and Tharanga punches up to mid off, who is deep so there's an easy single

9.5

Mahmood to Sangakkara, 1 run, now it's a slower ball, turned backward of square into the leg side, I don't think he's bowled two of the same balls consecutively

9.6

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, firmly back to Mahmood, tidy over to keep the lid on the scoring rate

Now, it's over to everyone's favourite (judging by today's emails) Jenny Thompson for the next ten overs...as the Powerplay is taken.

Cheers Gnasher. Hello winners. Further to his previous Botham-backing comments on the topic, I hear Darren Gough has decided that Pedalo-gate was a good thing for England, because ... guess what? "They were brought together," he reports, "and are closer than ever now." So that's all right, then... Speaking of vices, I've taken a trip down the bookies, for research purposes only, and Sri Lanka are clear favourites. A peek at the Cricinbox suggests the same. As does - even including the early wicket -the early action

End of over 10 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 44/1 (RR: 4.40)
WU Tharanga    15* (32b)      SI Mahmood    5-0-24-1
KC Sangakkara    2* (3b)      JM Anderson    5-1-19-0

10.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, more tidy stuff from Jim, who's staying over by the way, and rushes that one past the outside edge

10.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, straighter ball, this one, and that's defended

10.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, down the hallway of hesitancy this time and it's left alone with a big rise of the arms

10.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, straighter, and there's a satisfying "Thlock" as the batsman moves backward to defend with a straight bat

10.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short and Sangakkara's eyes light up - he likes pulling, he does - but he doesn't get hold of it and is lucky to find space at midwicket

10.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven forward, and Sangakkara waits a split-second until he sees Anderson hasn't stopped it and the batsmen shuffle through for a quick, strike-stealing single

Robin Smith's in the crowd; I reckon he should kept his 'tache, you know, but who am I to judge. Speaking of cropping - Geethal, hope your barber's trip is booked...

Flintoff's coming into the attack now

End of over 11 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 47/1 (RR: 4.27)
KC Sangakkara    5* (9b)      JM Anderson    6-1-22-0
WU Tharanga    15* (32b)      SI Mahmood    5-0-24-1

11.1

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, a touch short, outside off, and that's driven to the covers

11.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, over the wicket, by the way, and that one fleets past the outside edge, but not near enough to pose too many problems

11.3

Flintoff to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, oversteps this time and that's a bonus ball for Sri Lanka, this delivery just driven slowly to cover

11.3

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, outside off and the batsman stops on the drive, stunning it into the covers

11.4

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, a good line again, and that carries well through to Nixon

11.5

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, on off - nagging stuff from Flintoff - and that's defended to Vaughan in the covers

11.6

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, pushed up there, a touch of width, but he can't quite get the middle of the bat on it

The pitch is very scarred, by the way, with vertical lines running from end to end... it looks just like tree bark. Most odd, but crucially it's playing well and was shiny a la the old days this morning.

Anderson to continue

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 48/1 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    5* (16b)      A Flintoff    1-0-1-0
WU Tharanga    15* (32b)      JM Anderson    6-1-22-0

12.1

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, on middle and that's poked down into the covers, no room there for a drive or similar

12.2

Anderson to Tharanga, 2 runs, great shot, a well-timed push through the covers and that brings up the fifty for Sri Lanka

Lovely shot for two, that

12.3

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, on middle and leg and Tharanga looks to ease that one off the thigh into midwicket, but it's a bit too full for that kind of behaviour and he stops on the shot

12.4

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, this one's driven to mid-on this time

12.5

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, squares up to that one, the ball straying into the off-side and Collingwood is on to that one quickly

12.6

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, driven to cover this time

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 50/1 (RR: 3.84)
WU Tharanga    17* (38b)      JM Anderson    7-1-24-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (16b)      A Flintoff    1-0-1-0

13.1

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, stays over the wicket and that's straight and Sangakkara jumps back to defend it as solidly as something very solid indeed

13.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, 1 run, poked out into the covers, Bell's commitment faultless as he dives to his left, stops, and zzzooms it back in (sorry about the zzz, sticky keyboard from a spilt coffee moment) but there's still time for a quick single

13.3

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, driven into the covers again

13.4

Flintoff to Tharanga, 1 run, well-taken single that, Sangakkara driving to extra cover and there's a good understanding between the batting pair

13.5

Flintoff to Sangakkara, FOUR, just too full and that's an excellent shot from the batsman, really making the most of it, as he leans into that cover drive and it courses away

13.6

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, on off and that's defended down

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 56/1 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    10* (20b 1x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-7-0
WU Tharanga    18* (40b)      JM Anderson    7-1-24-0

14.1

Anderson to Tharanga, 2 leg byes, very fine pad action down to leg

14.2

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, lurvely ball there, nipping away from the lefthander off the seam and Tharanga's tempted, oh-so-tempted, to play ... but he gets a let-off

14.3

Anderson to Tharanga, no run, worked into the covers

14.4

Anderson to Tharanga, 1 run, gets on the front foot and that's an easy drive forward for a quick single

These two are looking in good touch

14.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, ...and so he fails to locate the middle, just driving that without much timing to cover

14.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, short, Anderson saw him coming, and adjusts the ball, nevertheless the batsman manages to aggressively whip that one square with a delicious pull, playing off about 18 yards by the time he got down the track

Third and final Powerplay coming up

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 60/1 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    11* (22b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-26-0
WU Tharanga    19* (44b)      A Flintoff    2-0-7-0

15.1

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, outside off and that's defended down

15.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, FOUR, round the wicket and that's driven through cover beating the fielder who chased behind it all the way

15.3

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the back foot this time

15.4

Flintoff to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven forward and that's picked up at long-off

15.5

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, angles that one in at the lefthander, there's just a touch of width outside off, but the length's good and all the batsman can do is defend. Well, obviously he could do other things, but he chose the sensible option

15.6

Flintoff to Tharanga, 1 run, driven into the covers

Atmosphere, as Russ Abbott once solemnly intoned, we love a party with a happy atmosphere. But here at Antigua his fellow comedian Andrew Miller relates: "The atmosphere just about exists. This is the best turn-out since the opening West Indies game here. But that is hardly surprising: the majority look like cruise-ship Brits who've accidentally stumbled on this strange game of cricket."

Incidentally, that's drinks.

End of over 16 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 66/1 (RR: 4.12)
WU Tharanga    20* (46b)      A Flintoff    3-0-13-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (26b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-26-0

Mahmood back into the attack

16.1

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, driven to mid-on

16.2

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off

"Can you stick to filing your nails and reading Heat magazine, please?" asks Mike Owen a propos of nothing. Perhaps you should get back to work at Sky, Mike?

16.3

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, played into the leg side

16.4

Mahmood to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, tucked into the leg side off the pads

16.5

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, pushed right up there and that's driven back, without much power, to mid-off

16.6

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, defended forward this time

What's Geethal done to my colleagues? Andrew-In-Marketing and Commercial Genius Alex Chamberlen have made a now-public vow, as Andrew tells us: "If Vaughan gets a ton today, we're both going to shave our hair off." Hmm, chances are their barbers won't be getting any extra business today... Vaughan's still seeking his first ODI century after 78 innings. 79th time lucky, maybe?

End of over 17 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 68/1 (RR: 4.00)
WU Tharanga    21* (49b)      SI Mahmood    6-0-25-1
KC Sangakkara    16* (29b 2x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-13-0

17.1

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, round the wicket and that's rushed past the outside edge

17.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, outside off and that's driven into the covers

17.3

Flintoff to Sangakkara, 1 run, straight and Sangakkara does well to work that into the leg side and there's more of the good stuff with a quick single. Panesar at mid-on does the tidying up

17.4

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, very good delivery, that one rearing up off the track, but that's a good snaking leave from the batsman

17.5

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, defended off the back foot into the covers

17.6

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, straight and dealt with well, tucking that off the thigh into midwicket

End of over 18 (1 run) Sri Lanka 69/1 (RR: 3.83)
WU Tharanga    21* (52b)      A Flintoff    4-0-14-0
KC Sangakkara    17* (32b 2x4)      SI Mahmood    6-0-25-1

18.1

Mahmood to Sangakkara, OUT, change of pace, change of ends and that's a slow, wide, low full toss which is carved off the back foot to Collingwood for a pretty comfortable catch

KC Sangakkara c Collingwood b Mahmood 17 (46m 33b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.51

"Brilliant bowling!" lies Gnasher, although Mahmood had the right idea. Jayawardene to the crease

18.2

Mahmood to Jayawardene, 2 runs, oh, a thick outside edge but that went to ground wide of the slips. Still, that's encouragement for the bowler

18.3

Mahmood to Jayawardene, no run, outside off and that's worked down without too much fuss

18.4

Mahmood to Jayawardene, no run, bizarreness, Vaughan appeared to be on the pitch there at silly mid-on as he snapped the ball down low on the bounce

18.5

Mahmood to Jayawardene, 1 no ball, played down off the back foot

The wicket has lifted England, the usually quiet Nixon beginning to chirp

18.5

Mahmood to Jayawardene, 3 runs, outside off that that's driven out through the covers but it's chased down inside the boundary

18.6

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, a quick single rounds off the over

End of over 19 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 76/2 (RR: 4.00)
WU Tharanga    22* (53b)      SI Mahmood    7-0-32-2
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (5b)      A Flintoff    4-0-14-0

19.1

Flintoff to Tharanga, 1 run, round the wicket and that one angles in at the lefthander who makes room to work that behind square

19.2

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, over the wicket to the righthander, orthodoxly enough as it were, and that's defended down

19.3

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, that one nips in from outside off and Jayawardene defends tidily

19.4

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, defends on the back foot this time

19.5

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, nips from outside off just to say back into the batsman who tucks it down off the back foot and there's some aggression-tastic action from Bopara in the gully, diving to his left, then crashing the ball back on one knee

19.6

Flintoff to Jayawardene, 3 runs, looser ball but nevertheless it's well worked out through midwicket for a three to end the over

So, that's the end of the Powerplays, and of my fun for ten overs - here's Gnasher

End of over 20 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 80/2 (RR: 4.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (10b)      A Flintoff    5-0-18-0
WU Tharanga    23* (54b)      SI Mahmood    7-0-32-2

Thanks Jen, I'm afraid you will have to put up with me for the next 10 overs. England keeping the innings on a tight leash here thanks to Mahmood and Flintoff. Here's Paul Collingwood with his wibbly-wobbly medium-pace...

20.1

Collingwood to Jayawardene, no run, starts with a near yorker, easily dug out by Jayawardene

20.2

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 run, floated up outside off stump, just a hint of movement but firmly driven out through cover

20.3

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, pitched on middle at a very gentle pace, Tharanga pushes square into the covers

20.4

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 wide, drifting down the leg side...that's the first wide of the innings

20.4

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, short and wide, cut away but Bopara makes another superb diving save at backward point, parries the ball to his right and there's a single...but it could have four

20.5

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven firmly up to mid off, Jayawardene sets off straight away and despite a rocket throw from Flintoff he gets in easily

20.6

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, slower ball, if Collingwood can get much slower, 60mph (100kph) and Tharanga watchfully defends it under his nose

Mike Owen returns. "Not at work I'm afraid," he leers, stroking his beer-gut and flossing his teeth with his pony-tail. "Thanks for airing my chauvinism though. Won me £20!" Always thrilled to help the needy, Mike

End of over 21 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 84/2 (RR: 4.00)
WU Tharanga    24* (57b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-4-0
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (13b)      A Flintoff    5-0-18-0

21.1

Flintoff to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and helped around the corner with a well controlled swivel-pull...goes straight to long leg so just the one

21.2

Flintoff to Tharanga, 1 run, round the wicket from Flintoff, on middle and worked up to mid on who is standing fairly deep

21.3

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, probing line outside off stump, Jayawardene comes forward and angles towards backward point

21.4

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, driven on the up but straight to Ian Bell at cover...the Sri Lankan batsmen haven't been at their free-flowing best today, credit must go to the England attack

21.5

Flintoff to Jayawardene, 1 run, Flintoff tries a slower ball, turns into a low full toss and a fumble by Vaughan at short cover allows a single

21.6

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, hits the bat hard from back of a length, Flintoff skips across the pitch to collect

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 87/2 (RR: 3.95)
WU Tharanga    25* (59b)      A Flintoff    6-0-21-0
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (17b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-4-0

22.1

Collingwood to Jayawardene, no run, full on middle and off, again a Jayawardene drives goes straight to cover

22.2

Collingwood to Jayawardene, no run, same again, from all fronts, and Ian Bell fields at cover

22.3

Collingwood to Jayawardene, FOUR, finds the gap this time, and with timing, as he pierces the gap between cover and mid off...the ball races away for a welcome boundary, Jayawardene's first

22.4

Collingwood to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, well watched and flicked into the on side

22.5

Collingwood to Jayawardene, no run, another well disguised slower ball, in off-cutter style, and Jayawardene misses as he tries to glide it to third man

22.6

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven slightly in the air but well wide of Collingwood down to long off

A strange innings from Sri Lanka so far...you sense an increase in tempo can't be far away

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 92/2 (RR: 4.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (23b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-9-0
WU Tharanga    25* (59b)      A Flintoff    6-0-21-0

Time for some spin...here's Monty Panesar

23.1

Panesar to Jayawardene, 1 run, flighted onto middle and leg, turned through midwicket

"Gnasher, where's Dennis?" asks Dave. He's let me off the leash today.

23.2

Panesar to Tharanga, no run, outside off stump, Tharanga probs it back to Panesar

23.3

Panesar to Tharanga, no run, not much flight, again tapped back to the bowler

23.4

Panesar to Tharanga, 1 run, invention from Tharanga, well outside off stump but he comes across and paddles it to the short fine-leg area

slip in for Jayawardene

23.5

Panesar to Jayawardene, no run, solid forward defence

23.6

Panesar to Jayawardene, 1 run, paddled round the corner, no one at 45 so it's an easy single

steady start from Monty, but it would be great to see him use a little more flight

End of over 24 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 95/2 (RR: 3.95)
DPMD Jayawardene    19* (26b 1x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-3-0
WU Tharanga    26* (62b)      PD Collingwood    2-0-9-0

24.1

Collingwood to Jayawardene, no run, on off stump, Jayawardene pushes into the covers

24.2

Collingwood to Jayawardene, FOUR, basically a long hop from Collingwood, and at his pace it's a very gentle offering to Jayawardene who swings it down to long leg...Panesar makes good ground but can't drag it back, not helped by the sandy outfield

24.3

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 2 runs, lofted straight past mid off, but not perfectly timed and it pulls up short of the boundary...hint of aggression from Jayawardene

24.4

Collingwood to Jayawardene, no run, firmly punched into the off side, but doesn't find the gap

24.5

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven and well placed this time, past cover and down to long off

seven from this over so far

24.6

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, full on off stump, another single to mid off who is on the edge of the circle

So it's the halfway mark and England will be pretty happy with proceedings, a run rate of just four-an-over and two key wickets

End of over 25 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 103/2 (RR: 4.12)
WU Tharanga    27* (63b)      PD Collingwood    3-0-17-0
DPMD Jayawardene    26* (31b 2x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-3-0

25.1

Panesar to Tharanga, no run, slightly short, tucked to backward square

25.2

Panesar to Tharanga, no run, uses his feet but just punches to cover

25.3

Panesar to Tharanga, 1 run, outside off stump, Tharanga sweeps firmly in front of square and Mahmood comes round from deep midwicket to clean up

25.4

Panesar to Jayawardene, no run, hint of loop that time, Jayawardene drives softly to cover

25.5

Panesar to Jayawardene, 1 run, plays forward, inside edge rolls into the leg side

25.6

Panesar to Tharanga, 1 run, prodded into the leg side, midwicket is slightly on his heels and they scamper a single to finish the over

End of over 26 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 106/2 (RR: 4.07)
WU Tharanga    29* (67b)      MS Panesar    2-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (33b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-17-0

England won't mind Tharanga taking the strike...he's batting very gingerly at the moment. Second spinner time, it's the captain Michael Vaughan

26.1

Vaughan to Tharanga, no run, starts on leg stump, takes the pad to short fine leg

26.2

Vaughan to Tharanga, 1 run, very slow from Vaughan 50mph (80kph) and tickled to short fine leg

26.3

Vaughan to Jayawardene, 1 run, more loopy doopy stuff, worked with the wrists through square leg

26.4

Vaughan to Tharanga, 1 run, full on middle and flicked through square leg

26.5

Vaughan to Jayawardene, 1 run, looped up under Jayawardene's eyes and he works it down to long on without any fuss

26.6

Vaughan to Tharanga, 1 run, beats Vaughan's rather arthritic dive and goes down to long on

End of over 27 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 111/2 (RR: 4.11)
WU Tharanga    32* (71b)      MP Vaughan    1-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    29* (35b 2x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-6-0

27.1

Panesar to Tharanga, 1 run, flat outside off stump, Tharanga brings out his paddle and works out to the deep backward square-leg fence

27.2

Panesar to Jayawardene, 1 run, more paddles than a boating lake in the middle at the moment, Jayawardene gets a single fine on the leg side

27.3

Panesar to Tharanga, 2 runs, that's one of Tharanga's best timed shots, drives through the covers but he still can't find the boundary as Pietersen runs round the rope

27.4

Panesar to Tharanga, no run, forced back to Panesar

27.5

Panesar to Tharanga, 3 runs, short and angled away through backward point, Tharanga drops his bat as he turns for the second but still manages to come back as Flintoff comes round from deep cover and it's three in the end

27.6

Panesar to Jayawardene, 1 run, ooh, slight mix-up at cover as Jayawardene pushes forward and calls Tharanga through but he gets home in time and it only takes a momentary look from the third umpire to confirm so...fifty stand up

End of over 28 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 119/2 (RR: 4.25)
DPMD Jayawardene    31* (37b 2x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-14-0
WU Tharanga    38* (75b)      MP Vaughan    1-0-5-0

28.1

Vaughan to Jayawardene, 1 run, flighted low full toss, punched up to long on

28.2

Vaughan to Tharanga, 1 run, draws the batsman forward, thick inside edge to square leg

28.3

Vaughan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, drifting down the leg side, shovelled round the corner and Panesar runs round from deep square leg

28.4

Vaughan to Jayawardene, 1 run, just a forward push, but mid on is vacant and it's an easy single

28.5

Vaughan to Tharanga, no run, short, Tharanga rocks back and cuts but straight to backward point

28.6

Vaughan to Tharanga, no run, slightly quicker, driven back to Vaughan

End of over 29 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 124/2 (RR: 4.27)
WU Tharanga    39* (78b)      MP Vaughan    2-0-10-0
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (40b 2x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-14-0

29.1

Panesar to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven down the ground, Monty dives over it...Paul Nixon not happy

29.2

Panesar to Tharanga, FOUR, top shot, uses his feat and lofted over mid off, who is in the circle, and it doesn't plug in the sandy outfield...Tharanga finally has a boundary

29.3

Panesar to Tharanga, 1 run, tucked into the leg side

29.4

Panesar to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed into the covers

29.5

Panesar to Tharanga, 1 run, lofted down the ground to long off, Anderson seems to give up very early on an attempt to catch it and instead opts to stop the boundary...he's still wearing a bandage on his finger but it wasn't a very committed effort

29.6

Panesar to Jayawardene, no run, blocked back to Panesar

Now it's back to the ever delightful Miss Thompson. Thank you Mr McGnashan. Hello again. Heat magazine was a treat. Meanwhile, back at the cricket, Vaughan to continue

End of over 30 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 132/2 (RR: 4.40)
DPMD Jayawardene    37* (43b 2x4)      MS Panesar    4-0-22-0
WU Tharanga    45* (81b 1x4)      MP Vaughan    2-0-10-0

30.1

Vaughan to Tharanga, no run, right up there, straight, and that's defended

30.2

Vaughan to Tharanga, 1 run, a touch shorter and that's whisked to the midwicket

30.3

Vaughan to Jayawardene, 1 run, on leg and the batman leans over to swish that one square

30.4

Vaughan to Tharanga, 1 run, more strike roation, this time a cover drive

30.5

Vaughan to Jayawardene, 1 run, yet another quick single, good stuff from the batsmen

30.6

Vaughan to Tharanga, no run, paddled round to short fine leg and "Catch it" jokes Nixon as it lands short

Collingwood has changed ends now

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 136/2 (RR: 4.38)
WU Tharanga    47* (85b 1x4)      MP Vaughan    3-0-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (45b 2x4)      MS Panesar    4-0-22-0

31.1

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 run, plays that one easily through midwicket for an easy single

31.2

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, on off, that's straight to the man at point who does indeed "Get it, get it" at Nixon's behest

31.3

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, driven to the man just in front of an orthodox mid-off

31.4

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, pushed right up there and that's driven back to the bowler without much power

31.5

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, Bell misfields at extra cover, a regulation stop, but he hashes the long barrier and they eek a single

31.6

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 2 runs, soft hands and he opens the face for a good two

End of over 32 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 140/2 (RR: 4.37)
DPMD Jayawardene    42* (47b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-21-0
WU Tharanga    48* (89b 1x4)      MP Vaughan    3-0-14-0

Panesar on to bowl

32.1

Panesar to Tharanga, no run, outside off and that's driven wide of mid-on where it just dribbles and it's picked up easily

32.2

Panesar to Tharanga, 2 runs, a touch of width from Panesar and he opens the face to ease that down to third man to bring up a well-caressed fifty

32.3

Panesar to Tharanga, 1 run, a forward drive eludes a groping Panesar and there's an easy enough single

32.4

Panesar to Jayawardene, FOUR, lovely shot, Jayawardene bisecting the two men in front and behind square and that's a really elegant sweep, down on one knee

32.5

Panesar to Jayawardene, 1 run, on one knee again and that's a lovely drive to cover

32.6

Panesar to Tharanga, 1 run, on middle and "Wrong line" chastises William Lukesford as that one's swept to square

Sri Lanka content to pick off the singles and punish the bad balls; you can just see them move up the gears here as they're setting a strong platform.

And I meant "eke" not "eek"... that time, at least.

Drinks out there

End of over 33 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 149/2 (RR: 4.51)
WU Tharanga    52* (93b 1x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-31-0
DPMD Jayawardene    47* (49b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-21-0

33.1

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, offers too much width and that's firmly driven away behind point to bring the 150 up

33.2

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 run, wobbles that one in at the batsman, but a bit too much wobble, and that's driven off the legs in midwicket, sumptuous shot, even if one without much power

33.3

Collingwood to Tharanga, 2 runs, drags that a touch short and that's taken from outside off and driven through cover

"You are delivering a typical Indian style" says George Kruz of both English commentators

33.4

Collingwood to Tharanga, 2 runs, driven out through cover for an easy two

33.5

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, defended this time

33.6

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, a very quiet single just poked forward with a straight bat

Seven from that over, and not a whiff of a risk. Cheers from the crowd as Flintoff comes back into the attack, shaping to go round the wicket to the lefthander

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 156/2 (RR: 4.58)
WU Tharanga    58* (98b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-28-0
DPMD Jayawardene    48* (50b 3x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-31-0

34.1

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, finds the button immediately and that's driven back to mid-off

34.2

Flintoff to Tharanga, FOUR, too much width outside off - you can't bowl there to him - and that's flashed so hard with great wrists, late, through gully. Corker

34.3

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, driven to cover

Vaughan's brought two men around point now

34.4

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, short, rising and that's cut straight behind point where one of Tweedledum and -Dee pick it up

34.5

Flintoff to Tharanga, OUT, banged in outside and that's a mistimed pull sliced up to Pietersen, who makes a Powerplay-esque sign with his whirly arms in delight

WU Tharanga c Pietersen b Flintoff 62 (150m 103b 2x4 0x6) SR: 60.19

34.6

Flintoff to Silva, 1 leg bye, attempted inswinging yorker first ball to Silva, but that's a low full toss and the England team forget their consonants in their Oooaaaa appeal; it was straying down leg

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 161/3 (RR: 4.60)
LPC Silva    0* (1b)      A Flintoff    7-0-25-1
DPMD Jayawardene    48* (50b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-28-0

35.1

Panesar to Silva, no run, outside off and that's driven square to point

35.2

Panesar to Silva, no run, typical Panesar, zeroing in on a stifling delivery, with one which offers no room other than to defend

35.3

Panesar to Silva, no run, driven out to cover, they think about running, but do the sensible thing and don't

35.4

Panesar to Silva, 1 run, down on one knee to sweep early, mistimes it, but still sends it rolling to midwicket

35.5

Panesar to Jayawardene, 2 runs, waits, waits, and uses the width to cut that through point, a lovely dink, and that's his half-century in 51 balls, his third against England

35.6

Panesar to Jayawardene, no run, defended forward

Flintoff to continue, can he get another wicket this over?

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 164/3 (RR: 4.55)
DPMD Jayawardene    50* (52b 3x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-34-0
LPC Silva    1* (5b)      A Flintoff    7-0-25-1

36.1

Flintoff to Silva, no run, outside off and that's defended to point

36.2

Flintoff to Silva, 1 run, outside off again, but with enough room for that one to be guided out behind point

36.3

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, defended off the back foot this time, that one again in the same area

36.4

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, oh, nearly gets his man, with a searing full delivery which nips in on middle and the batsman plays late, just jabbing his bat down. Good bowling

36.5

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, squares him up with a jaffa that would be up for Citrus Fruit of the Year, a lovely juicy specimen, just flouncing past the outside edge as the batsman leaps back

36.6

Flintoff to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven out in front of point, a commanding shot this time

End of over 37 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 166/3 (RR: 4.48)
DPMD Jayawardene    51* (56b 3x4)      A Flintoff    8-0-27-1
LPC Silva    2* (7b)      MS Panesar    6-0-34-0

37.1

Panesar to Jayawardene, no run, defended out to mid-on

37.2

Panesar to Jayawardene, no run, on middle and leg and does well to connect with the sweep, else that would have been a good shout, but picked the fielder

37.3

Panesar to Jayawardene, 1 run, a big backswing and that's driven straight to long-off

37.4

Panesar to Silva, 2 runs, dances down and drives that well in front of midwicket. There's some nifty running, too

37.5

Panesar to Silva, no run, driven to cover

37.6

Panesar to Silva, 1 bye, unconvincing attempt to take that from outside off and sweep it; misses completely, playing under the ball, down on one knee

End of over 38 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 170/3 (RR: 4.47)
LPC Silva    4* (10b)      MS Panesar    7-0-37-0
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (59b 3x4)      A Flintoff    8-0-27-1

38.1

Collingwood to Silva, no run, pitched right up there, straight, and that's defended forward

38.2

Collingwood to Silva, 1 run, driven to long-off this time

38.3

Collingwood to Jayawardene, FOUR, on leg and that's tucked off the legs behind square, a deft touch from Jayawardene and Panesar does his best with a sliding dive, but can't get there in time

38.4

Collingwood to Jayawardene, OUT, just a touch of width outside off and Jayawardene's eyes light up - but then so do Joyce's in the deep - as the batsman smashes that aerially in front of midwicket

DPMD Jayawardene c Joyce b Collingwood 56 (80m 61b 4x4 0x6) SR: 91.80

Now, this will put the brakes on Sri Lanka's innings a touch

38.5

Collingwood to Silva, no run, slower delivery and he's tempted to swish at it, misses though

38.6

Collingwood to Silva, no run, comes forward and there's a textbook forward defence

End of over 39 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 175/4 (RR: 4.48)
LPC Silva    5* (14b)      PD Collingwood    6-0-33-1
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)      MS Panesar    7-0-37-0

39.1

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, pushed right up there and that's defended

39.2

Panesar to Dilshan, 1 run, just fell short of Anderson at mid-on, the fielder doing well to get his body behind it at least

39.3

Panesar to Silva, FOUR, swept off the knee through midwicket and that's some lovely timing

39.4

Panesar to Silva, 2 runs, comes down and swipes that in front of midwicket, his bottom hand coming into play, urgency creeping into this innings right now

39.5

Panesar to Silva, no run, on the front foot and he can only stifle that in defence

39.6

Panesar to Silva, 1 run, played that with hands-that-do-dishes soft hands and there's a cheeky single there, which we like

For the last ten overs Gnasher will take you through

End of over 40 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 183/4 (RR: 4.57)
LPC Silva    12* (18b 1x4)      MS Panesar    8-0-45-0
TM Dilshan    1* (2b)      PD Collingwood    6-0-33-1

Thanks Jen, those wickets came a useful time for England but Silva and Dilshan are very capable of making hay in the final 10 overs. Should be great action.

40.1

Collingwood to Silva, no run, angled to backward point

40.2

Collingwood to Silva, no run, another dot as Silva comes onto the front foot and defends

40.3

Collingwood to Silva, no run, slower ball, slightly shorter but Silva misses out as he tries to turn it into the leg side

40.4

Collingwood to Silva, 1 run, driven into the covers, but it's just a single

40.5

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, on middle, sliced away to backward point and he can't beat the field

40.6

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan slams this, but straight to cover and Bopara prevents any runs...he's outstanding in the field

End of over 41 (1 run) Sri Lanka 184/4 (RR: 4.48)
TM Dilshan    1* (4b)      PD Collingwood    7-0-34-1
LPC Silva    13* (22b 1x4)      MS Panesar    8-0-45-0

Vaughan going back to pace, it's Mahmood for a third spell...he has three overs left

41.1

Mahmood to Silva, no run, starts with a slower ball, Silva tries to run it to third man but the edge doesn't carry to Nixon

41.2

Mahmood to Silva, FOUR, that's a shocker from Mahmood, tries another slower ball but it's a horrendous low full toss way down the leg side and Silva does well to actually get any bat on it...no stopping it into the fine-leg fence

41.3

Mahmood to Silva, no run, wide and pushed to backward point

41.4

Mahmood to Silva, 1 run, full, hint of late movement into the batsmen who drives it to mid off...Panesar can't prevent the single

41.5

Mahmood to Dilshan, 2 runs, short and pulled away through square leg, Pietersen prevents a boundary but Silva showing good placement and timing

41.6

Mahmood to Dilshan, 2 runs, good yorker, well dug out to backward point...Collingwood throws at the non-striker's end, misses and they get an overthrow

End of over 42 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 193/4 (RR: 4.59)
TM Dilshan    5* (6b)      SI Mahmood    8-0-41-2
LPC Silva    18* (26b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    7-0-34-1

James Anderson returns

42.1

Anderson to Silva, OUT, outstanding work from Bell! Silva drives firmly to cover, Bell dives and makes a great stop, stands up, aims at one stump and hits the target, Dilshan is well short...vital breakthrough for England and the rare sight of them hitting the stumps direct

TM Dilshan run out 5 (13m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

42.2

Anderson to Silva, 1 run, rides the extra bounce well, plays down in front of backward point

"Is this a bit of a Horlicks of an innings unfolding before us?" wonders Andrew Miller

42.3

Anderson to Arnold, no run, firmly back to Anderson who fields well in his follow through

42.4

Anderson to Arnold, 1 run, flicks this away neatly through square leg but it's just a single

42.5

Anderson to Silva, 1 run, chopped down by his feet...well taken single

42.6

Anderson to Arnold, 1 run, outside off stump, Arnold comes forward and defends the ball into the on side...Anderson tries to get across but Silva runs in front of him

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 197/5 (RR: 4.58)
RP Arnold    2* (3b)      JM Anderson    9-1-30-0
LPC Silva    20* (29b 2x4)      SI Mahmood    8-0-41-2

Collingwood is back

43.1

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, half an appeal as Arnold tries to work this through the leg side, but the ball pitched well outside leg stump

43.2

Collingwood to Arnold, 2 runs, driven nicely through the covers and with the placement for two as Pietersen fields

43.3

Collingwood to Arnold, 1 run, chopped away to third man...brings up the 200

43.4

Collingwood to Silva, no run, straight on middle, Silva can only work it back to Collingwood

43.5

Collingwood to Silva, no run, tries to flick through the on side, but goes straight to midwicket

43.6

Collingwood to Silva, no run, clever slower ball, loops outside off stump and Silva completely misses his drive...another tight over from Collingwood

End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 200/5 (RR: 4.54)
LPC Silva    20* (32b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    8-0-37-1
RP Arnold    5* (6b)      JM Anderson    9-1-30-0

44.1

Anderson to Arnold, no run, well outside off stump but Arnold drives straight to backward point...good stuff from England

44.2

Anderson to Arnold, 1 run, driven past a diving cover, but it's only a single as mid off is up and runs round to complete the work

44.3

Anderson to Silva, 1 leg bye, drifting into the pads, dropped into the leg side but England won't mind the ones

44.4

Anderson to Arnold, 2 runs, short and into Arnold's body, he works it around the corner down to fine leg

44.5

Anderson to Arnold, FOUR, full and well dug out down the ground, it's actually struck extremely well and Bopara isn't helped by an outfield on the boundary edge which resemble a beach more than a cricket field

44.6

Anderson to Arnold, 1 run, pushed into the covers, a scampered single

Re: Horlicks of an innings, Vani asks a pertinent question: "Did you check with ICC about the official drink of the ICC CWC West Indies 2007?"

End of over 45 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 209/5 (RR: 4.64)
RP Arnold    13* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-1-38-0
LPC Silva    20* (33b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    8-0-37-1

45.1

Collingwood to Arnold, 1 run, uses the angle and runs the ball off the face down to third man

45.2

Collingwood to Silva, 2 runs, well played, on middle and Silva gets down and sweeps the medium-pacer towards fine leg

45.3

Collingwood to Silva, 1 run, floaty and outside off stump, slapped through the covers to the man on the fence

45.4

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, nearly back to Collingwood on the full, Arnold drives but is beaten by a slight change of pace

45.5

Collingwood to Arnold, 1 run, full face, driven up to long off

Silva surveys the field...

45.6

Collingwood to Silva, 1 bye, and tries to sweep Collingwood again, he misses but so does Nixon and it's a rare bye against the keeper

End of over 46 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 215/5 (RR: 4.67)
LPC Silva    23* (36b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    9-0-42-1
RP Arnold    15* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-1-38-0

Four overs to go, can Sri Lanka reach 250? Flintoff's back for his final two overs

46.1

Flintoff to Silva, OUT, there we go, that's how to bowl at the death...full and straight spearing in at middle stump, it goes right through Silva and into middle stump. England continue to chip away

LPC Silva b Flintoff 23 (46m 37b 2x4 0x6) SR: 62.16

Flintoff showed against Ireland that he's far and away England's best bowler at the death (and one of the best in the world)...that was another example

Chaminda Vaas comes in...he can hit a long ball and there's a slip in

46.2

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, outside off stump, pushed towards backward and well fielded...England have been sharp all morning

46.3

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, low full toss, heading towards middle and Vaas can't get it away...goes straight to cover

46.4

Flintoff to Vaas, 2 runs, short and Vaas launches into a pull but doesn't really middle it...he picks up a couple through midwicket

46.5

Flintoff to Vaas, 2 runs, thumped down the ground towards long off, falls well short, easy two

46.6

Flintoff to Vaas, OUT, gone! more outstanding work from England, outside off stump and Vaas pushes at it, the ball flies towards backward point and Collingwood, who has just been moved there, dives to his right, flings out his hand and pulls off a top catch

WPUJC Vaas c Collingwood b Flintoff 4 (2m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Great over for England...two wickets in the over

End of over 47 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 219/7 (RR: 4.65)
     A Flintoff    9-0-31-3
RP Arnold    15* (14b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    9-0-42-1

The man with the big hair...Slinga Malinga is in...but not on strike

47.1

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, Collingwood starts another...straight on middle and Arnold blocks

47.2

Collingwood to Arnold, 1 run, driven down to long off

47.3

Collingwood to Malinga, no run, worked to midwicket

47.4

Collingwood to Malinga, 1 run, opens the face and runs it down to third man

47.5

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, on leg stump but Arnold can't find the gap at midwicket

47.6

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, another dot, excellent work from Collingwood, as this is driven to cover

Breaking news Jon Lewis is flying home and will be replaced in the squad by Stuart Broad. Lewis's wife is suffering complications in the latter stages of pregnancy, says an ECB spokesman.

End of over 48 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 221/7 (RR: 4.60)
RP Arnold    16* (18b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    10-0-44-1
SL Malinga    1* (2b)      A Flintoff    9-0-31-3

48.1

Flintoff to Malinga, no run, meanwhile Flintoff starts his last over with a bouncer, Malinga sways out of the way

48.2

Flintoff to Malinga, no run, top yorker, Malinga can only dig it out to midwicket

48.3

Flintoff to Malinga, 1 run, short and at Malinga's rib cage, he swings it away backward of square for a single..at least that gives Arnold the bowling

48.4

Flintoff to Arnold, 1 run, firm on drive, Arnold drilled that off the middle but it hits the non-striker and rebounds towards mid off...that could have cost Sri Lanka three runs, it was travelling

48.5

Flintoff to Malinga, 1 bye, low full toss, Malinga swings and misses and the ball is inches from taking out leg stump...Nixon makes a great save with his left hand

48.6

Flintoff to Arnold, 2 runs, driven in the air past Collingwood at backward point...England's Superman can't get a hand on it...but Panesar prevents a boundary at third man

"Another snub for Goughie," observes Andrew the Miller regarding Stuart Broad's call-up to replace Jon Lewis, "and so finishes one of the great World Cup careers."

End of over 49 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 226/7 (RR: 4.61)
RP Arnold    19* (20b 1x4)      A Flintoff    10-0-35-3
SL Malinga    2* (6b)      PD Collingwood    10-0-44-1

Final over coming up...it's over to Saj Mahmood

49.1

Mahmood to Malinga, OUT, gone! bangs it in, Malinga goes for the pull and it goes high put not very far...Nixon runs from his position and takes it heading back towards the fine-leg rope

SL Malinga c †Nixon b Mahmood 2 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Reward for Mahmood who has bowled well all day

49.2

Mahmood to Arnold, 1 run, low full toss outside off stump, driven down to long on...it's over to the unique batting skills of Murali

49.3

Mahmood to Muralitharan, 1 run, full toss heading at Murali's pads, he swings it down to fine leg...Mahmood got away with that against his Lancashire team-mate

49.4

Mahmood to Arnold, 3 wides, wasteful from Mahmood, very wide and also Nixon fumbles with the gloves so it's three wides

49.4

Mahmood to Arnold, OUT, gone! it really has been Mahmood's day so far, a low full toss on middle stump and Arnold swings it away off the middle towards deep midwicket...but straight at Ed Joyce who snaffles his second catch of the innings...and that's a career-best ODI effort from Mahmood

RP Arnold c Joyce b Mahmood 20 (36m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

Dilhara Fernando is the last man

49.5

Mahmood to Fernando, 1 run, another short ball, Fernando gets a bottom edge which bounces to the keeper and they scramble a run

49.6

Mahmood to Muralitharan, (no ball) 1 run, waist-height full toss and it's called by Asad Rauf, apologies all round and Murali is just pleased that didn't crush his spinning finger...purely an accident from Mahmood as he aimed for the yorker

49.6

Mahmood to Fernando, 1 run, OUT, all out! slower ball, swung away through midwicket...Pietersen fields in the deep and his throw catches Fernando short as Nixon breaks the stumps

CRD Fernando run out 2 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Jenno back on for England's innings. Hello. Vaas ready to bowl, Joyce ready to bat.

A fine all-round effort from England with the ball and in the field; career-best figures from Saj Mahmood and three more wickets for Andrew Flintoff...the fielding was sharp throughout with some neat catches and good ground fielding. Sri Lanka appear to be about 20 runs short of an ideal total on a decent surface, but before any England fans get carried away it is over to the batsmen to win it.

Sri Lanka will believe they can defend anything with an attack of Vaas, Malinga and Murali so it will be tough examination of the England batsmen, after their recent innings against the Associate countries.

Meanwhile, Andrew Miller has sent us news of a very exciting press release: "As a pre-Easter gift from the Local Organising Committee (LOC), fans wishing to watch today's encounter between England and Sri Lanka can pick up a free ticket from the Perimeter Box Office (PBO) at the new venue. These free match tickets can be collected any time after the innings break (following the first 50 overs) and are available to Antiguan and Barbudan residents. The offer is for two tickets per person on a first come, first served basis." Yeah, nice one. Bet it isn't free pick-ups and drop-offs. And what is the point of a press release that lands at ... err ... the lunch break. Oh well, better than nothing.

And apparently I got the wrong end of Mr Miller's earlier remark about a great one-day career in relation to Darren Gough. He actually meant it was the end of Lewis's great career. We'll leave it to you to decide if he's being sarcastic.

Anyway, we'll be back in around 30 minutes at 1.45 (18.45BST) for England's run chase. Catch you soon.

End of over 50 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 235/10
     SI Mahmood    9-0-50-4
M Muralitharan    2* (2b)      A Flintoff    10-0-35-3
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