World T20 - 22nd match, Group 1

England v Sri Lanka

England won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Alright, enough musical mumbo jumbo. Moeen Ali has the ball, which Ravi Bopara is rubbing between his palms. Tillakaratne Dilshan has taken guard. Kusal Perera is at the other end.


SL anthem fun facts: Ananda Samarakoon, who wrote the anthem, studied in the university set up by Rabindranath Tagore - who of course wrote both Indian and Bangladeshi anthems.


Anchor: "England right now: #Hoping for the best but expecting the worst# :P" Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?


Speaking of which, the teams are just lining up for the anthems.


In non-crickety news this week, former England captain Michael Vaughan has raised the ire of Sri Lanka fans when he tweeted: "Just rung home,made a brew,been to the toilet and made a cake during the Sri Lankan national anthem...." By the time I take to do some laundry, wash the dishes, have two kids and raise them to adulthood, that joke would still be unfunny. Bless him for trying though.


Nick Knight rubs his palms over the Chittagong carpet and deduces there is a lot of moisture already, which will make things tricky for Ajantha Mendis in particular.


England have won just one game from seven this year, while Sri Lanka are unbeaten in 14 matches (across all formats) in Bangladesh this year. Here's the preview for your leisurely perusal.


Werner joins in with this unequivocal prediction: "Whether they bat first or second, it makes no difference. SL's game is pace of the ball, batting and bowling. England have no chance!!!"


Mark: "Too much doom, despondency and negativism about England and their prospects. Think that this will be a good game, particularly if the toss goes England's way. Sri Lanka are a fine side, but they only barely scraped past South Africa. They can be beaten!" Lady luck has flashed her pearly whites at England. This looks like the kind of surface where pace off the ball would work though, as illustrated by the early match.


Stuart Broad has won the toss and chosen to bowl first. Broad says it's partly because of the dew but also because their bowling attack is strong. Sri Lanka won't like this, because it looks like the kind of clear night where dew will actually materialise. Both teams are unchanged.


Toss details comin' right up.

If Sri Lanka win this, they will almost nearly be in the semis, but not quite. If England don't win, they will almost nearly be out, but not quite. If England win of course, the group stays wide open.

Hello all. Welcome to our coverage of the Group 1 clash between Sri Lanka and England. I'm Andrew Fidel Fernando.

What a finish in the early match today! South Africa have anti-choked in two consecutive games now. Maybe Imran Tahir is the cure for their global tournament woes.

0.1

Ali to Dilshan, no run, tossed up angled across, Dilshan pushes into the off side

0.2

Ali to Dilshan, 1 run, pulls the length back a bit, Dilshan makes room chops it between cover and point for a single

0.3

Ali to MDKJ Perera, 2 runs, length ball, straightening slightly on leg, Kusal goes back and turns it behind square on the leg side, plenty of time for a second as Dernbach fumbles

0.4

Ali to MDKJ Perera, no run, flatter length ball outside off, pushed back to the bowler

0.5

Ali to MDKJ Perera, no run, tossed up a little more, Kusal pushes at it a bit early and it goes in the air, but falls well short of the bowler

0.6

Ali to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, length ball straightening on middle, Kusal clips it toward midwicket and takes a single

End of over 1 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
MDKJ Perera    3* (4b)      MM Ali    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    1* (2b)     

Sukrit: ""Moeen Ali has the ball, which Ravi Bopara is rubbing between his palms." - That put a really graphic image in my mind." Mind out of the gutter, please.

1.1

Dernbach to MDKJ Perera, no run, length on the stumps, Kusal just defends to leg as the bottom hand comes through

1.2

Dernbach to MDKJ Perera, OUT, gone! Kusal looks like he feels he didn't hit it, but there was a definite deflection on first viewing. This is a short ball outside leg stump - one that should have been put away really, but Perera goes for the pull too late and seems to have got glove on it, on the way to the keeper.

MDKJ Perera c †Buttler b Dernbach 3 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

on second viewing, it looked like maybe he hasn't hit it. Have to look at it again.

1.3

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, another one goes! Or does he? Full ball shaping away, Jayawardene gets a thick leading edge as he plays at it, and the ball loops to cover, but Lumb has to dive forward full stretch to intercept it before it hits the turf. He collects the ball and claims the catch immediately, but Mahela stands his ground, as he feels it might have bounced. Replays are not totally conclusive, but I'm about 75% sure he's caught that cleanly. But it's given not out. Broad is annoyed, somewhat understandably.

1.4

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, length on the legs, ball stays in the pitch and Mahela just bunts it towards the leg side

1.5

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length outside off, Mahela deadbats this as well

1.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, FOUR, poor ball, waist-high on the body. Mahela swivel pulls this nicely and gets it fine of fine leg for four.

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 8/1 (RR: 4.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (4b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-4-1
TM Dilshan    1* (2b)      MM Ali    1-0-4-0

Simon: "I suppose that balances. A wicket that wasn't and a not-out that should have been given."

2.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, SIX, dilscoop first ball to Bresnan. Dilshan's not in great form, but maybe this is how he can reclaim it. It's a length ball on off stump, Dilshan goes down on one knee and sends it over the fine leg rope. Love watching that.

2.2

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, tries the dilscoop again. The length is there, but the line is not. It's too far outside off stump and moving away slightly, Dilshan doesn't connect

2.3

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, short of a length just outside off stump, Dilshan punches straight to point

2.4

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, short of a length outside off again, Dilshan stands tall and pushes it to short cover

2.5

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, another Dilscoop attempt, another miss. That ball was full and wide - a candidate for the Dilshan cover-drive, but he goes for the wrong shot

2.6

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, length just outside off, hit back to the bowler. Six off the first ball, nothing off the rest.

End of over 3 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 14/1 (RR: 4.66)
TM Dilshan    7* (8b 1x6)      TT Bresnan    1-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (4b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-4-1

3.1

Dernbach to Jayawardene, FOUR, full on middle stump, it stops a bit but Mahela is all over that one. He chips this beautifully over midwicket, accounting for the swing away from him and everything. It's into a big space on the leg side and dribbles away for four

3.2

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, and there's where you want to bowl to Mahela, early in his innings. This is back of a length, about eight inches outside off. Mahela pokes at it and misses

3.3

Dernbach to Jayawardene, FOUR, HO! lovely hands from Mahela. That's short and at Mahela's chest, he just backs away and ramps this over slip, and through third man for four. An error on the boundary helps him out.

3.4

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, length ball outside off, Mahela pokes again, misses again

3.5

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, length just outside off stump, Mahela makes room and tries to blast this through cover point, but is nowhere near the ball. Cry of anguish from Mahela, who seems annoyed for missing out.

3.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, length on middle stump, Mahela just gets into line and drops this into the legside infield, which is spread wide enough to allow a run

End of over 4 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 23/1 (RR: 5.75)
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (10b 3x4)      JW Dernbach    2-0-13-1
TM Dilshan    7* (8b 1x6)      TT Bresnan    1-0-6-0

4.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length ball over the stumps, Mahela runs at him and tries to get it away on the off side again but misses

4.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, SIX, top-edge, but he's got plenty on that, so it sails high over the boundary. This is short on the body, Mahela saw fine leg was square so he got inside the line and swivel pulls it. This is miles over the fence

4.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, oh dear Jade Dernbach! Mahela top-edges another one, this is high, heading straight to mid on Dernbach sets himself under it, gets his fingers pointing up and promptly shells it

4.4

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela's rubbing salt in it, if unintentionally. This is length on the stumps, Mahela makes room again and french cuts it past the keeper for four

4.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length wide of off stump, really zipping off the surface, Mahela tries to cut and misses

4.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, quick off the pitch and into the body, as Mahela backs away. Hits him on the arm guard I think

End of over 5 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 35/1 (RR: 7.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (16b 4x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    2-0-18-0
TM Dilshan    7* (8b 1x6)      JW Dernbach    2-0-13-1

Anjum: "Strange move by England, If Ali bowled a good first over, why would'nt you give him another, It has become a norm for England, now, Ali Bowls a good first over and hardly gets another later recently. Strange !!!"

Chris Jordan is into the attack.

5.1

Jordan to Dilshan, no run, a little short on off stump, Dilshan heaves at it but doesn't time it. Short midwicket stops the ball.

5.2

Jordan to Dilshan, 1 run, short on middle stump, Dilshan plays an extravagant aerial pull, and again, doesn't time it. But he gets it over the infield to Moeen Ali at fine leg

5.3

Jordan to Jayawardene, FOUR, delicious flick from Mahela. Boy he is great to watch even when he's missing half his shots. This is full and on the toes, he just clips that through square leg all along the turf for four

5.4

Jordan to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, backs away again and misses

5.5

Jordan to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, full and on the pads, Mahela tries to clip it away to leg, but it hits his pad and deflects toward short third man. They take a run.

5.6

Jordan to Dilshan, 1 run, full outside off stump, Dilshan plays the booming cover drive, gets a thick inside edge past the stumps, and takes a single

End of over 6 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 42/1 (RR: 7.00)
TM Dilshan    9* (11b 1x6)      CJ Jordan    1-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene    29* (19b 5x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    2-0-18-0

Tredwell is into the attack

Mudit: "There have been so many catches missed in this tournament by all the teams. Is it flood lights which are the problem or the wet ball or the pressure?" Wet ball might be playing its part, but I even in the day games, the fielding has been pretty purr.

6.1

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up, angled across Dilshan, who gets it down to long-off off a leading edge

Tredwell's really wiping that ball down

6.2

Tredwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, turned to vacant midwicket for a single

6.3

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up again, Dilshan comes down the pitch and whacks it straight, but the bowler gets a hand to it. Still gets down to long on

6.4

Tredwell to Jayawardene, no run, wide ball outside off, Mahela dabs at it but misses

6.5

Tredwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, full on the stumps, paddle swept behind square off a bottom edge

6.6

Tredwell to Dilshan, 2 runs, tossed up on middle stump, no turn, Dilshan drives this straight past the stumps, and Moeen Ali can't get around fast enough from long off to prevent a couple

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 48/1 (RR: 6.85)
TM Dilshan    13* (14b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    1-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene    31* (22b 5x4 1x6)      CJ Jordan    1-0-6-0

Manu: "Where a this not so broad guy broad won't he bowl??" Here he is Manu.

7.1

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, full outside off stump, Mahela drives hard at it, but can't get it past cover. Slight misfield allows one.

7.2

Broad to Dilshan, SIX, Hey Oh! That's middled for sure. Length on middle stump, Dilshan goes with a big backlift and swings that high over midwicket for six. Great shot.

7.3

Broad to Dilshan, 2 runs, short on the stumps, Dilshan pulls and is back to not middling it. It goes to deep square leg off the under edge

7.4

Broad to Dilshan, no run, good bouncer, and that might hit Dilshan in the helmet as he missed his hook. But he doesn't seem concerned.

Balkrishna Kama: "This is where Srilankans are so good.. They keep rotating the strike now and then and in between gets a boundary or two to maintain the healthy runrate.. The experience of Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sanga makes batting looks too easy.. Something to learn for Windies lineup!!"

7.5

Broad to Dilshan, no run, full on off stump, punched straight to cover

7.6

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, oh dear, England. What is happening? That is dropped again, on the square leg fence. Short ball, Dilshan pulls, doesn't get it high enough and it's seemingly straight to Bresnan, but he shells it. Wet ball or no, there's no excuse

End of over 8 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 58/1 (RR: 7.25)
TM Dilshan    22* (19b 2x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-10-0
DPMD Jayawardene    32* (23b 5x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    1-0-6-0

8.1

Tredwell to Dilshan, no run, length on leg stump, pushed back to the bowler

8.2

Tredwell to Dilshan, no run, fuller and flatter, on middle, pushed back to Tredwell again

8.3

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, full toss on the stumps, driven to long on

8.4

Tredwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball wide of off stump, Mahela gets low and late cuts it, but can't beat backward point. Enough time for a single though

8.5

Tredwell to Dilshan, no run, full, fired in outside off stump, Dilshan drives that back to the bowler

8.6

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, flat and wide, chopped away square to the off side sweeper

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 61/1 (RR: 6.77)
TM Dilshan    24* (24b 2x6)      JC Tredwell    2-0-9-0
DPMD Jayawardene    33* (24b 5x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-10-0

Chris Jordan is back.

Jose: "Broad comments after match. Floodlights is pretty AVERAGE!! for the dropped catches"

9.1

Jordan to Dilshan, 2 runs, low full toss on off stump, Dilshan clears the front leg and flays it past cover, but doesn't time it well enough to beat the sweeper

9.2

Jordan to Dilshan, FOUR, shortish, outside off stump, this is slogged away on the on side between long on and deep midwicket. Ugly shot, but it's rarely pretty stuff from Dilshan. A heave that paid off.

Deep midwicket goes out now, and third man comes in. No close in fielders on the leg side.

9.3

Jordan to Dilshan, 1 run, full ball on the stumps, turned away into that vacant legside infield. Dilshan wants two at first, but turns Mahela back late. He has to dive to beat the throw from the deep

9.4

Jordan to Jayawardene, 1 run, full on off stump, Mahela gets low and cuts this late, but it's straight to short third man, who can't collect cleanly

9.5

Jordan to Dilshan, no run, yorker about a foot outside off stump, Dilshan chops down on it but misses

9.6

Jordan to Dilshan, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, Dilshan whips it powerfully to deep midwicket. It's hit too well to allow two

End of over 10 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 70/1 (RR: 7.00)
TM Dilshan    32* (29b 1x4 2x6)      CJ Jordan    2-0-15-0
DPMD Jayawardene    34* (25b 5x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    2-0-9-0

Daniel Alexande: "Sri Lanka should promote Kulasekara or Thisara, SL need extra 20 runs against dew " If these two bat for a while, that's a possibility

10.1

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, full on the legs, Dilshan comes down the track and drives to long on

10.2

Tredwell to Jayawardene, FOUR, lovely shot. He took a moment to read the field before the ball, and when Tredwell tossed it up on leg, Mahela was down the pitch to slam it powerfully between long on and deep midwicket. Superb placement.

10.3

Tredwell to Jayawardene, FOUR, and this is what Mahela can do against spin. Tredwell is full on the stumps, Mahela gets low and sweeps it nicely behind square for another boundary

10.4

Tredwell to Jayawardene, 2 runs, oh another mistake in the field. Mahela is a lucky man. he cut this behind square on the off side and called for two, but it's a very tight second. The throw comes in, but Buttler can't break the stumps on his first attempt, it could have had Mahela short.

10.5

Tredwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, full ball, worked away on the off side

10.6

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, full outside off stump, Dilshan strokes this down to long off

End of over 11 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 83/1 (RR: 7.54)
TM Dilshan    34* (31b 1x4 2x6)      JC Tredwell    3-0-22-0
DPMD Jayawardene    45* (29b 7x4 1x6)      CJ Jordan    2-0-15-0

11.1

Broad to Dilshan, no run, full and wide, Dilshan throws his bat at it but gets it straight to cover

Ali Abbas: "couldn't understand why broad is not giving the ball to Moeen Ali"

Third man is in the circle again.

11.2

Broad to Dilshan, no run, yorker just outside off stump, Dilshan makes room and chops down but misses

11.3

Broad to Dilshan, 2 runs, top edged off a short ball, this goes high, but it falls right in between the keeper going back and fine leg running in. Neither fielder really committed to the catch though, and Borad is not happy! Would have been a tough catch for either man, but they didn't really even attempt it.

11.4

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, full toss on the stumps, driven to long on

Amit: "With the ball stopping in the pitch - it has to be perfect conditions for Bopara to bowl."

11.5

Broad to Jayawardene, 2 runs, finally gets that back-away shot right, does Mahela. That was short over the stumps, Mahela makes room and cuts it behind backward point. Third man runs around and does brilliantly to stop it from going to the boundary. That man had been pushed back to the fence after the previous ball

11.6

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, bouncer at the head, Mahela hooks it half-heartedly and gets a slight top edge. Dernbach runs in from fine leg, but it bounces well in front of him

End of over 12 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 89/1 (RR: 7.41)
DPMD Jayawardene    48* (31b 7x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-16-0
TM Dilshan    37* (35b 1x4 2x6)      JC Tredwell    3-0-22-0

Tredwell comes in for his final over.

12.1

Tredwell to Jayawardene, FOUR, length ball on leg stump, and Mahela busts out the reverse-sweep for the first time, doesn't connect all that well, but it goes way over the offside fielders and dribbles to the fence. That's his fifty.

12.2

Tredwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, down the pitch to a fullish ball outside leg again, carved aerially through extra cover. The sweeper cleans up

12.3

Tredwell to Dilshan, no run, yorker, fired in. Dilshan just digs it out

12.4

Tredwell to Dilshan, 1 run, flat and full, Dislhan comes down the pitch and strokes it past the stumps. Long off cleans up

12.5

Tredwell to Jayawardene, 2 runs, tossed up on the stumps, Mahela is down the track again, driving aerially through extra cover. Moeen Ali runs around from long off, but it's an easy couple

12.6

Tredwell to Jayawardene, SIX, ho! You felt this shot was coming. Mahela is looking to really turn it on. He's down the track again, Tredwell pulls the length back, but it doesn't matter. Mahela gets underneath this one, which is outside leg stump, and lofts it languidly over wide long on for a sizeable six. He's warmed nicely to the big shots now.

End of over 13 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 103/1 (RR: 7.92)
DPMD Jayawardene    61* (35b 8x4 2x6)      JC Tredwell    4-0-36-0
TM Dilshan    38* (37b 1x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-16-0

Bresnan is into the attack.

Zubair: "Look, Dilshan is scoring at a strikerate under 120. Why aren't people criticizing him in the same way that they did to Amla? To make matters even worse, Amla's career SR in T20i is only 0.5 less than Dilshan's, yet one is the T20 darling of world cricket and the other gets lambasted for scoring too slowly..." Dilshan has definitely won more matches for SL though.

13.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, low full toss on the stumps, whipped away by Dilshan to to deep midwicket. That's the century stand. SL's sixth in T20 cricket overall.

13.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, Mahela tried to late cut it but was a little early into the shot. Hits it aerially towards backward point, but it falls about a metre in front

13.3

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, yorker on the toes, clipped away to fine leg

13.4

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's a poor ball with this field, you've got to say. It was a slowish bouncer, outside off stump. Mahela climbs into a lovely aerial cut that goes high over the square infield on the off side, a couple of bounces to the fence

13.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, SIX, and now the other side of the field. This is overpitched on about off stump. Mahela shuffles towards off, gets under it and plays the pick up shot to get it to the cow corner rope on the full. It lands right on the advertising triangle.

13.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, fullish ball on the stumps, pushed away to the infield for a single

End of over 14 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 117/1 (RR: 8.35)
DPMD Jayawardene    73* (39b 9x4 3x6)      TT Bresnan    3-0-32-0
TM Dilshan    40* (39b 1x4 2x6)      JC Tredwell    4-0-36-0

Dernbach is back.

gourav: "none of the renowned blasters are able to justify their name. Dilshaan, Gayle, etc etc..."

14.1

Dernbach to Jayawardene, (no ball) 2 runs, Mahela backs away but Dernbach follows him, with a high full toss. Mahela works that off his hips to fine leg, and it's actually called no ball for height, Broad not happy - fair enough too. That looked thigh-high

14.1

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela backs away to this back of the hand slower ball, and gets it between backward point and short third man for one

14.2

Dernbach to Dilshan, 2 runs, thigh high full toss again, but outside off stump. Dilshan's trying to slam this away to off, but gets a thick inside edge that evades the stumps. Fine leg has work to do, so it's a couple

14.3

Dernbach to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, Dilshan backs away now, and Dernbach follows the batsman again. This hits Dilshan on the pad, as he tries to whip it through midwicket. Dribbles away toward short fine leg for a single

14.4

Dernbach to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's probably my favourite shot of the night. That's almost a yorker, but somehow Mahela gets his hands through that, and times the pants off it to get it past extra cover, and then beats the offside sweeper running around. Lovely shot, played deliciously late,

14.5

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 2 runs, what is happening out there? That's another dropped catch, from Bresnan again! It's a full toss outside off stump, Mahela carves this over the off side to the sweeper, who has only a few metres to go to complete the catch. It comes to him at a good height. He sets himself and then lets it through his fingers. How many lives is Mahela on here? I've lost count!

Fasahat: "Gotta feel for England. They train so hard, but nothing seems to be going for them ever since the Ashes. They lost to D/L method, Dernbach thought he was on a hat-trick at one point, got a controversial decision and now he's dropped 2 catches and has gone for 8 an over. Mahela on 82 been giving around 4 lives.

14.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, yorker about a foot outside off, Jayawardene tries to delicately deflect that through third man, but ends up just jamming down on it

End of over 15 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 130/1 (RR: 8.66)
DPMD Jayawardene    82* (44b 10x4 3x6)      JW Dernbach    3-0-25-1
TM Dilshan    42* (41b 1x4 2x6)      TT Bresnan    3-0-32-0

15.1

Broad to Dilshan, 1 wide, full and wide. Too wide. About a foot outside the guideline

15.1

Broad to Dilshan, FOUR, wide full ball Dilhan throws his hands at it and gets a thick outside edge that flies through vacant slip for a boundary. England on the end of some rotten luck so far.

Broad goes around the wicket.

15.2

Broad to Dilshan, (no ball) 1 run, high full toss outside off stump. Dilshan tries to slam that on the off side, but gets an under edge that squirts out square on the leg side. That's called a no ball on height and it's enough for the umpires to want to change the ball

15.2

Broad to Jayawardene, no run, full, slower one outside off stump. Mahela tries to get that to third man, but misses

15.3

Broad to Jayawardene, no run, full, wide and slow. Mahela aims a cover drive and misses again.

15.4

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, length on off stump, Mahela makes room and chops this away behind square on the off side for a single

15.5

Broad to Dilshan, FOUR, full outside off stump, Dilshan throws his hands again and gets under it. Again it's not brilliantly timed, but it's high over extra cover and it slides off the greasy outfield to the fence. That's his fifty.

15.6

Broad to Dilshan, 1 wide, bouncer, but that's too short. It's called a wide on height. Way over Dilshan's head.

15.6

Broad to Dilshan, no run, short of a length outside off stump. Dilshan tries to upper cut and misses

End of over 16 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 143/1 (RR: 8.93)
TM Dilshan    51* (45b 3x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-29-0
DPMD Jayawardene    83* (47b 10x4 3x6)      JW Dernbach    3-0-25-1

Answers: "There are always certain baffling decisions by captain which is obvious to almost everyone except the captain themselves. There have been several occasions when the best bowler of the day never bowls out, Really baffling that Moeen Ali has not been bowled after the first over"

16.1

Jordan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, fullish ball, Mahela backs away and Jordan follows him, but Mahela has still made enough room to get it over the infield, inside out. Bresnan at offside sweeper runs around and cuts it off nicely

16.2

Jordan to Jayawardene, FOUR, lovely shot. Moves from leg to off this time. Jordan goes full and straight, Mahela gets low and scoops this over the shoulder, well away from the short fine leg for four

16.3

Jordan to Jayawardene, no run, overpitched outside off stump, Mahela makes room again to try and crash this square on the off side but misses the shot. Batsman is annoyed with himself for missing out

16.4

Jordan to Jayawardene, OUT, gone! England get him finally. This is fullish and on the stumps, Mahela tries to slog that away on the legside with the angle, but he misses again, and the ball crashes into leg stump. The end of an equally impressive and fortuitous innings. There were some great shots between the catching chances.

DPMD Jayawardene b Jordan 89 (86m 51b 11x4 3x6) SR: 174.50

Thisara Perera is at the crease, promoted well up the over.

16.5

Jordan to NLTC Perera, 1 wide, bouncer to start, but this is down leg side and is called wide.

That second-wicket stand was Sri Lanka's second-highest in T20s

16.5

Jordan to NLTC Perera, no run, Thisara thrashes at a short of a length ball that's angled across him, and clean misses.

16.6

Jordan to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, short of a length again, on the stumps this time. Thisara slogs across the line again, and gets some bat on it. It lands in between the long on and deep midwicket fielders, who run around to keep it to two

End of over 17 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 152/2 (RR: 8.94)
NLTC Perera    2* (2b)      CJ Jordan    3-0-24-1
TM Dilshan    51* (45b 3x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-29-0

Sajib: "@Answers : Dew may well be the reason M Ali didn't bowl later. The ball becomes soaked enough to make it tougher to grip for the bowlers who relies more on fingers to bowl. England may have went for safer choices."

17.1

Dernbach to Dilshan, FOUR, dilscoop again! Nasser Hussain predicts this on commentary. Dernbach bowls a length slower ball, Dislhan gets low and scoops it over Buttler for a boundary.

17.2

Dernbach to Dilshan, OUT, England have held on to one, and it's Jordan at deep midwicket. Slower ball, over pitched, and Dilshan tries to wallop that over midwicket for six. Not timing the ball has been the story of his innings though, and this one is no different. Jordan settles under it about 10 metres from the fence and pouches it near his chest.

TM Dilshan c Jordan b Dernbach 55 (98m 47b 4x4 2x6) SR: 117.02

Sanga comes to the crease. I would have thought Mathews or Kulasekara were the more obvious options, but there you go.

17.3

Dernbach to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, full on the legs, Thisara clips this behind square on the leg side, far enough away from the deep square leg to get a couple.

17.4

Dernbach to NLTC Perera, FOUR, slower ball, wide of Thisara, and he gets nicely under this one to carve it over cover. The offside is all in the ring, so that's not a great line from Dernbach. Skips away on the wet turf for four

17.5

Dernbach to NLTC Perera, no run, short of a length ball outside off stump, Thisara heaves at it but misses

17.6

Dernbach to NLTC Perera, 1 wide, yorker, but outside leg stump. Thisara goes to back away but gets out of the way in time to prevent contact. That's a wide.

17.6

Dernbach to NLTC Perera, SIX, that's a Thisara special. He loves that shot. It's a slower length, ball on the stumps. Thisara clears that front pad and swings it high over midwicket for six.

End of over 18 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 169/3 (RR: 9.38)
NLTC Perera    14* (6b 1x4 1x6)      JW Dernbach    4-0-42-2
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)      CJ Jordan    3-0-24-1

Jordan's got the ball.

18.1

Jordan to Sangakkara, OUT, full ball on off stump. Sanga clears his front leg and tries to bash that straight down the ground as well, but mistimes it terribly and just lobs it up in the air for wide mid off to get under it. Probably wasn't the man for the occasion, it has to be said.

KC Sangakkara c Hales b Jordan 0 (6m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.2

Jordan to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full and outside off stump, Thisara clears the leg again and plays an identical shot to Sanga, but he doesn't time it at all, thankfully for him. It goes on the first bounce to mid off.

18.3

Jordan to Mathews, 1 run, short of a length at the body, Mathews backs away and chops this to point for a single.

18.4

Jordan to NLTC Perera, no run, overpitched, wide on off stump. Thisara slaps it, but it's straight to cover. Will feel he should have got more from that ball, which was a poor one.

Santhosh: "A moment of silence for all those who had Sanga as their captain"

18.5

Jordan to NLTC Perera, 1 run, thigh high full toss, Perera swings it to the deep square leg fielder, and that's just one run. Another poor ball that could have gone for more.

18.6

Jordan to Mathews, 1 run, low full toss outside off stump, Mathews punches this to deep cover - just one again. With that run, SL have now made the highest score at this venue.

End of over 19 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 173/4 (RR: 9.10)
AD Mathews    2* (2b)      CJ Jordan    4-0-28-2
NLTC Perera    16* (9b 1x4 1x6)      JW Dernbach    4-0-42-2

Bresnan runs in.

India Fan: "England Fans : Don't lose hope yet. The dew may not favor the lankan attack." I don't think it's over yet by any means either. The dew seems especially bad tonight.

19.1

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, low full toss outside off stump, Mathews muscles this away to long on

Four men on the deep on the leg side.

19.2

Bresnan to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, low full toss on off stump, Perera slogs that hard and flat straight to Bopara at wide long on, but wouldn't you believe it, it's dropped again!

19.3

Bresnan to NLTC Perera, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, and though Thisara tries to bash this to leg again, he gets a top edge which flies high over short third man, and all the way to the fence

19.4

Bresnan to NLTC Perera, 1 run, yorker on the stumps, squirted out to deep midwicket. Good ball.

19.5

Bresnan to Mathews, 2 runs, slightly overpitched on the stumps, but Mathews can't get under it as he wanted. Still whipped away on the leg side between deep square leg and deep midwicket. A couple there.

19.6

Bresnan to Mathews, SIX, bam! Lovely finish from Mathews, who you've got to say, has been on point with his finishing for about two months now. Bresnan misses his length, and has overpitched that on the stumps again. Mathews stands tall and plays that lovely legside pick-up shot, sending it high over deep midwicket. Mathews doesn't bother running. The legside fielders don't bother even following the ball. That's way back in the stands.

England chase 190, which seems like a lot at this venue, and it probably is. The ball is getting sodden very early though, so they're not quite out of the game yet. Sri Lanka will still have to bowl well.

End of over 20 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 189/4
AD Mathews    11* (5b 1x6)      TT Bresnan    4-0-48-0
NLTC Perera    23* (12b 2x4 1x6)      CJ Jordan    4-0-28-2
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