ICC World Twenty20 - 1st semi final

England v Sri Lanka

England won by 7 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)

11.30 Right, enough tattle. Things are about to get nasty. The players are out there. Jayawardene and Jayasuriya will open up, and they are at opposite ends of the form spectrum. Jayasuriya will take strike against Tim Bresnan.

11.20 Clifford Landers has a more legitimate reason to feel aggrieved. "I'm annoyed that Australia, despite being a sport crazy nation, is not telecasting the T20 Wold Cup on free to air TV. Feel ripped off big time." Cricinfo will have to do instead.

John says "Ludicrous from Pommie about moisture in the pitch and later it taking spin. It's like saying in a test match that on the first morning it'll seam about at 11am and then dry out and spin 15 minutes before lunch. Utter twaddle as my Grandad used to say."

But Duncan reckons the only way to know anything about cricket is to play it to first-class level: "Not sure you need to be so unkind to Pom re your comments about his pitch report. At least he has actually played test and first class cricket!"

Sabeerbhatia is spot on. "In response to Duncan, about actually playing first class cricket before commenting, I can assure you it makes no difference - Shastri & Co are great cases in point."

11.00 Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat first. Ajantha Mendis returns, Sri Lanka banking on the fact that England have faced him only once before. England have only the one change. As expected Big Daddy Pietersen has dashed back from England to take his No. 3 spot, in place of Ravi Bopara.

Rumours, and that's all they are when Pommie Mbangwa is the 'expert', is that there is a touch of moisture in the wicket and he reckons it will dry and spin for Sri Lanka later. There is also, I'm slightly alarmed to tell you, a hint of rain lurking.

Well, I for one am thoroughly excited about this. England have looked on top of their game all tournament, and Sri Lanka, after starting slowly looked good when they dumped India out in their last game.

Dev, who in no way is related to Ravi Bopara, is outraged. "How is it that Paul Collingwood retains his place in the eleven? If he wasn't the captain, he would, or at least i'd like to think that he should, be dropped from the team, in place of Ravinder Bopara. Bopara seems to get the raw end of the deal since the Ashes, whilst Collingwood gets a infinite number of chances, for the last FIVE YEARS."

It might be a conspiracy, but more likely, it's that Collingwood has an excellent record for England. To be fair, he has had a poor run this tournament and his 19.72 average in T20 Internationals isn't great.

10.50 Hello one and all, welcome Cricinfo's coverage of the 1st semi-final of the 2010 World Twenty20. Almost unbelievably it's England v Sri Lanka battling for a place in the final. I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be joined by Liam Brickhill to bring you the ball-by-ball updates. Andrew Miller will be summarising the action in his regular bulletins and the latest Cricinfo journo to discover Twitter, Andrew McGlashan, is at the ground and will be dropping in with a few thoughts of his own as the game unfolds.

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0.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, top start that from Bresnan, shoved down the leg side, Jayawardene clips it easily and firmly away for four down to deep square

0.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, this one is outside off stump, and left alone

0.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, much better from Bresnan, back on to a line and length, Jayawardene pops forward and defends before stealing a quick single

0.4

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya keeps his first ball out easily enough, it was full and he jabs a bat down on it

0.5

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, Bresnan loses his line a fraction here, perhaps a touch of nerves telling, aimed down the leg side and left alone

0.5

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, no run, Bresnan back on line here, not much Jayasuriya can do, just stays in his crease and defends

0.6

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, nicely played, simple, angles a back-of-a-length delivery into midwicket for an easy single

End of over 1 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
ST Jayasuriya    1* (3b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (3b 1x4)     

Sidebottom, looking full of nasty, will share the new ball. Two slips in place.

1.1

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, OUT, Sidebottom strikes straight away! Jayasuriya departs, very sad to see a great player reduced to this. Pitched up, fraction of movement away, regulation outside edge and neatly pouched at second slip

ST Jayasuriya c Collingwood b Sidebottom 1 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Dilshan is the new man, another struggling for form a fraction, but a dangerous player.

1.2

Sidebottom to Dilshan, FOUR, how about that to start! No need to play yourself in I guess. Dilshan stands tall and slams this from outside off stump through the covers for four

1.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, this should be fun, Dilshan looks in imperious mood. Who needs foot movement when you can stand perfectly still and thrash at the ball. No timing here though, and it trickles to mid off

1.4

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, good ball this, dragged the length back, Dilshan got into a tangle trying a front-foot pull and didn't connect

1.5

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, another back-of-a-length delivery, hint of bounce in the track, Dilshan stands tall and prods it into the covers

1.6

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, short once more, arrowed into the ribs, Dilshan not looking as comfortable on the back foot, fails to connect with his leg-side nudge. All action second over really.

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 11/1 (RR: 5.50)
TM Dilshan    4* (5b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-4-1
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (3b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-7-0

2.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, oooh, almost the big scalp there for England. Pitched up from Bresnan and flayed without any timing, looping over the covers

2.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, Bresnan straight away drags his length back a fraction, Jayawardene coolly dabs it into the off side for a quick single

2.3

Bresnan to Dilshan, FOUR, haha, this doesn't look very pretty but it's mighty effective. Regulation length ball, mauled through midwicket, not much timing, but well enough to reach the cow-corner boundary

2.4

Bresnan to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length this time, Dilshan thought about another big slog but in the end guides it away calmly down to third man

2.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, nicely done from Jayawardene, gets forward and pushes into the off side for one

2.6

Bresnan to Dilshan, OUT, gone this time! Well, Dilshan was playing a shot a ball, and it has not come off. Short again, he tried to hook it off the front foot, but only managed a looping top edge, Wright hustled in from the deep square boundary and dived forward to take a smart catch

TM Dilshan c Wright b Bresnan 9 (7m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

End of over 3 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 20/2 (RR: 6.66)
     TT Bresnan    2-0-16-1
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (6b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-4-1

3.1

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, FOUR, what a stylish start. Fuller outside off, and gracefully driven through point for four

3.2

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, better from Sidebottom, closer to off stump, Sangakkara stands still and defends

3.3

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, full and off stump, Sangakkara happy on the front foot, walking into a defensive shot

3.4

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sidebottom searching for a special delivery there, pitching it full and looking for some away swing, as it is it's an easy leg-side flick for Sangakkara through midwicket for one

3.5

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length this time, on off stump, good tight bowling, Jayawardene can do nothing but defend

3.6

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball, never looked like deceiving the wily Jayawardene, he just turns his wrists over it and nurdles one wide of short fine leg

End of over 4 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 26/2 (RR: 6.50)
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (8b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-10-1
KC Sangakkara    5* (4b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-16-1

Bresnan has done his job and is replaced by Stuart Broad.

4.1

Broad to Jayawardene, OUT, dream start from Broad! He gets the key wicket! Jayawardene falls, just nicking a rising delivery from outside off stump through to the keeper, real Test-style dismissal there. England all over this at the moment

DPMD Jayawardene c †Kieswetter b Broad 10 (20m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

4.2

Broad to Mathews, no run, good from Broad again, locates the right line and length, Mathews defends from the crease

4.3

Broad to Mathews, no run, slightly shorter this time, Mathews stands perfectly still again and heaves the ball straight to mid on

4.4

Broad to Mathews, no run, banged in this time, finding a touch of pace and carry in the wicket, Mathews didn't look very happy there, skipping back and fending into the midwicket region

4.5

Broad to Mathews, no run, tight line on off stump, touch of bounce, Mathews stands up and defends into the covers

4.6

Broad to Mathews, FOUR, welcome respite for Mathews and Sri Lanka, Broad gets his line all wrong, arrowing a shortish ball down the leg side, and with fine leg up in the circle, it's buffet, Mathews, helps himself to four, angling it past the man up

End of over 5 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 30/3 (RR: 6.00)
AD Mathews    4* (5b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-4-1
KC Sangakkara    5* (4b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-10-1

5.1

Bresnan to Sangakkara, FOUR, lovely shot from the captain, too short and too wide from Bresnan, Sangakkara languidly cuts it through point for four

5.2

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, much better line and length here, Sangakkara gets back and defends into the covers

5.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, touch too short and wide, Sangakkara opens the face and guides it down to third man for a single

5.4

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, Bresnan maintains his into-the-ribs approach, Mathews turns it into midwicket for a single

5.5

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, calmly played here, carefully pushed into a gap in the covers for a single

5.6

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews happy to work singles at the moment, this is arrowed a fraction too far down leg, and turned away for one down to deep square

End of over 6 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 38/3 (RR: 6.33)
AD Mathews    6* (7b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-24-1
KC Sangakkara    11* (8b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-4-1

Powerplay is over and done, and time for Swann.

6.1

Swann to Mathews, no run, flighted up outside off invitingly, Mathews resists, popping forward and defending

6.2

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, nicely bowled again, thrown up outside off, but Mathews plays it well, carefully turning his wrists over the ball and guiding it behind square on the leg side for one

6.3

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, nicely bowled, touch of drift in the air, defended off the front foot into the covers

6.4

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, lovely stuff this from Swann, really looping it up, Sangakkara thinks, thinks again, and once more, before the ball finally arrives and he defends

6.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, good tempting stuff again, Sangakkara skips down the track and tries to drive it past Swann, but he intercepts

6.6

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, very good over, Sangakkara clips firmly off his legs but straight to Pietersen at short midwicket

End of over 7 (1 run) Sri Lanka 39/3 (RR: 5.57)
KC Sangakkara    11* (12b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0
AD Mathews    7* (9b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-24-1

Spin from both ends, here's Yardy. Who in theory is a spinner and in practice bowls very clever darts,

7.1

Yardy to Mathews, no run, starts well enough, slung in at off stump, Mathews defends

7.2

Yardy to Mathews, 1 run, carefully played by Mathews, pushing this to midwicket for a single

7.3

Yardy to Sangakkara, no run, touch slower this from Yardy, sign of the confidence he has, Sangakkara angles it straight to midwicket

7.4

Yardy to Sangakkara, no run, quicker ball, Sangakkara advances but only manages to guide it to the midwicket fielder

7.5

Yardy to Sangakkara, 2 runs, nicely played here, Sangakkara edges down the wicket and drives handsomely down to the long on boundary, Broad runs around and pounces, not so much a dive, more a pounce at the ball, to keep it to two

7.6

Yardy to Sangakkara, 1 run, similar shot this time, but driven closer to Broad on the boundary

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 43/3 (RR: 5.37)
KC Sangakkara    14* (16b 2x4)      MH Yardy    1-0-4-0
AD Mathews    8* (11b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0

8.1

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, good from Swann again, looped up around off stump, Sangakkara pushes it delicately into the off side for one

8.2

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, Swann in total command here, drifting it away and spinning it into Mathews, who pushes it very carefully into the covers

8.3

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara very watchful, Swann throws it up very high, Sangakkara waits and taps it square on the off side for one

8.4

Swann to Mathews, no run, quicker ball from Swann, Mathews looking for a big shot on the leg side, but misses, Swann has a quiet appeal

8.5

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, nicely played from Mathews, took it from well outside off stump and whipped it to midwicket for one

8.6

Swann to Sangakkara, OUT, big trouble now for Sri Lanka! Sangakkara departs! Swann is creating all sorts of problems out there, another flighted delivery, Sangakkara edged down the crease and chipped a drive down to long off, didn't get enough of it, Pietersen skirts around and collects the catch

KC Sangakkara c Pietersen b Swann 16 (24m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 84.21

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 47/4 (RR: 5.22)
     GP Swann    2-0-5-1
AD Mathews    10* (14b 1x4)      MH Yardy    1-0-4-0

9.1

Yardy to Kapugedera, no run, Yardy flighting it up again, not much that can be done but defend at this stage

9.2

Yardy to Kapugedera, 1 run, nicely played by Kapugedera, stroked into the covers, not expansive, but he can't really afford to be at this stage

9.3

Yardy to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews has played this innings well so far, just working the ball around, and collects one here down towards deep midwicket

9.4

Yardy to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera follows the lead, pushing into space and collecting one

9.5

Yardy to Mathews, FOUR, too short and too wide, Mathews accepts a rare gift by cutting firmly down to point for four

9.6

Yardy to Mathews, 1 run, top fielding this by Yardy, Mathews pushed it into the leg side with soft hands, no fielder was posted so Yardy sprinted and dived and saved the second run

End of over 10 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 55/4 (RR: 5.50)
AD Mathews    16* (17b 2x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-12-0
CK Kapugedera    2* (3b)      GP Swann    2-0-5-1

10.1

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, touch short this from Swann, Mathews gets back and pulls without much timing down the ground for one

10.2

Swann to Kapugedera, no run, lovely ball this, very full, drifting away, Kapugedera watches it come down, eventually, and defends

10.3

Swann to Kapugedera, 1 run, touch fuller, Kapugedera clips it firmly to mid on and steals a single

10.4

Swann to Mathews, 2 runs, nicely played here from Mathews, cut down to point firmly, he comes back for a risky second, and replays show him just in when Kieswetter whips the bails off

10.5

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, good from Mathews again, looking more confident, gets forward and picks a gap behind square on the leg side for one

10.6

Swann to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera replicates the shot, not that England will mind, Sri Lanka need to find a few more than singles soon

End of over 11 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 61/4 (RR: 5.54)
CK Kapugedera    4* (6b)      GP Swann    3-0-11-1
AD Mathews    20* (20b 2x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-12-0

11.1

Yardy to Kapugedera, 1 run, slightly quicker ball from Yardy, Kapugedera hurries back and shoves it down to mid on, off the back foot

11.2

Yardy to Mathews, 2 runs, much quicker ball here, looked like it had beaten Mathews for pace a touch, but it was wide enough outside off for him to get a cut shot away and collect a couple

11.3

Yardy to Mathews, no run, slower and looped up this time, Mathews reaches for his defensive stroke

11.4

Yardy to Mathews, no run, proper dart this time, fired in, Mathews had no time to do anything other than defend

11.5

Yardy to Mathews, 1 run, mixing up his pace well, this one is a fraction slower, Mathews guides it into the off side for one

11.6

Yardy to Kapugedera, no run, another dart to finish up, Kapugedera had barely taken guard before this arrived and he can only dab it away tamely on the leg side

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 65/4 (RR: 5.41)
CK Kapugedera    5* (8b)      MH Yardy    3-0-16-0
AD Mathews    23* (24b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-0-11-1

12.1

Swann to Mathews, SIX, Mathews has nailed this one! Finally the big shot comes off. Looped up, Mathews strolls down the pitch and drives it stylishly over cow corner for six

12.2

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, good on Swann, responds to the six with another loopy flighted delivery, this time Mathews pushes it into the off side for one

12.3

Swann to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera plays this well, working it away for a single

12.4

Swann to Mathews, no run, good ball from Swann, slightly quicker, giving Mathews nothing to work with, and it's pushed into the off side

12.5

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, this time it's worked away off the front foot into the midwicket region for one

12.6

Swann to Kapugedera, 1 leg bye, good ball to finish an excellent spell, Kapugedera comes forward and misses his dab, it runs off the pads for a single

End of over 13 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 75/4 (RR: 5.76)
CK Kapugedera    6* (10b)      GP Swann    4-0-20-1
AD Mathews    31* (28b 2x4 1x6)      MH Yardy    3-0-16-0

13.1

Yardy to Kapugedera, no run, tidy from Yardy, on and around off stump, defended from the crease

13.2

Yardy to Kapugedera, no run, another low-slung dart, it's shortish but really skids on, cramping Kapugedera, who defends hurriedly

13.3

Yardy to Kapugedera, no run, well, good again, Kapugedera can't get him away, pushed into the off stump

13.4

Yardy to Kapugedera, no run, another dart into the legs, Kapugedera turns it straight to short fine leg and again, no run

13.5

Yardy to Kapugedera, FOUR, well, that's Yardy's reward for giving it some air, Kapugedera skips down the wicket and drives powerfully for four down the ground

13.6

Yardy to Kapugedera, 1 run, back to the darts, fired in, Kapugedera hurries back and prods into the midwicket region for one

End of over 14 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 80/4 (RR: 5.71)
CK Kapugedera    11* (16b 1x4)      MH Yardy    4-0-21-0
AD Mathews    31* (28b 2x4 1x6)      GP Swann    4-0-20-1

These two have played very well, carefully working singles and picking off boundaries. Now they have Stuart Broad to deal with.

14.1

Broad to Kapugedera, 1 run, slower ball to start with from Broad, but bang on a line and length, Kapugedera opens the face and glides it down to third man

14.2

Broad to Mathews, no run, that demon slower-ball bouncer that everyone is bowling this tournament, somehow, despite looking like rubbish, it deceives Mathews, who mistimes his pull straight to mid on

14.3

Broad to Mathews, 2 runs, short ball again, this time Mathews times his pull better, it goes out to deep midwicket for a couple

14.4

Broad to Mathews, 1 wide, short ball again, touch more venom in this, Mathews, who is very tall, eventually manages to get under it, and the leg-side line is too wide for the umpire

14.4

Broad to Mathews, 1 run, another slower-ball bouncer, Mathews, completely misreads it and spoons it towards mid on for a single

14.5

Broad to Kapugedera, 1 no ball, Broad is thoroughly displeased with this, another slower ball, another bouncer, it creeps over a crouching Kapugedera, and the umpires decide it was a second bouncer for the over and therefore a no ball

14.5

Broad to Kapugedera, no run, nothing quick from Broad, outside off, Kapugedera swipes and misses, good bowling this

14.6

Broad to Kapugedera, no run, a touch quicker, outside off, Kapugedera has an enormous flay at fresh air

End of over 15 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 86/4 (RR: 5.73)
CK Kapugedera    12* (20b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-10-1
AD Mathews    34* (31b 2x4 1x6)      MH Yardy    4-0-21-0

15.1

Sidebottom to Mathews, 1 run, back of a length once more, on and around off stump, Mathews stands still and prods it to midwicket for one

15.2

Sidebottom to Kapugedera, no run, slower ball outside off, a touch short, Kapugedera misreads it and swipes at nothing, gets in a terrible tangle

15.3

Sidebottom to Kapugedera, no run, this is bizarre, it's like watching in slow motion, short ball bouncer and eventually passes by another hideous hoik from Kapugedera

15.4

Sidebottom to Kapugedera, 1 wide, too short this time, and a touch too far down the leg side, Kapugedera again swinging wildly at nothing, comical viewing this

15.4

Sidebottom to Kapugedera, no run, oh dear! That pretty much sums things up. Slower ball bouncer, Kapugedera clueless, swipes himself off his feet, the bat flies out of his hands and almost knocks the square leg umpire out, predictably the ball passes harmlessly, slowly through to the keeper

15.5

Sidebottom to Kapugedera, FOUR, finally Kapugedera connects, swishing it down to deep square where, Lumb dives forward looking for the catch, but can't reach it, ends up clutching at nothing and it goes for four. Sidebottom knocks down the fielder with the palm of his eye, thunderous look

15.6

Sidebottom to Kapugedera, no run, nicely bowled and defended once more, very good over that

End of over 16 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 92/4 (RR: 5.75)
CK Kapugedera    16* (25b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-16-1
AD Mathews    35* (32b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-10-1

16.1

Broad to Mathews, 1 run, I can't remember the last ball that was full pace, here is another shortish slower ball, Mathews has nothing to work with and flays it away tamely into the covers for one

16.2

Broad to Kapugedera, no run, good ball here, shortish, Kapugedera really struggling with this attack, can't get it away, pressure really building on him

16.3

Broad to Kapugedera, OUT, well that was coming. A touch fuller, Kapugedera cleared his front leg away and mowed at the ball, couldn't get much of it and it goes straight to Bresnan at mid off

CK Kapugedera c Bresnan b Broad 16 (30m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 59.25

Really top bowling this from England, Sri Lanka have been unable to build any momentum.

16.4

Broad to Perera, 1 wide, oh dear, Broad gets this all wrong, slower ball, of course, but well down the leg side, and not even Broad could moan with the umpire's call there

16.4

Broad to Perera, no run, nicely done, slightly fuller this time, slow once more, Perera tries to inject some pace of it, but can't and it trickles into the midwicket region

16.5

Broad to Perera, 1 run, this time Perera manages to get it away into the leg side, not very far, but well enough for a single

16.6

Broad to Mathews, 1 run, much shorter this time, slower, Mathews waits and waits and eventually heaves it down to long on for one

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 96/5 (RR: 5.64)
AD Mathews    37* (34b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-2
NLTC Perera    1* (2b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-16-1

17.1

Bresnan to Mathews, FOUR, very good this from Mathews, England have set four men on the leg side boundary, Bresnan lands another slower ball short one, Mathews skips inside the line and scythes past a diving point for four

17.2

Bresnan to Mathews, 2 runs, neatly played here, picked up the fuller ball well, and pushes it with soft hands straight of midwicket for a couple

17.3

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 wide, that will annoy Bresnan, gets this all wrong, short and miles down the leg side, bonus run for Sri Lanka

17.3

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 wide, oh dear, gets it wrong again, and England's super-discipline has momentarily lapsed, shoved down the leg side for another wide

17.3

Bresnan to Mathews, 2 runs, this is turning into a good over for Sri Lanka, shortish ball, Mathews nurdles it gently towards deep square leg, soft enough to collect a couple

17.4

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 wide, Bresnan has lost his line here, Mathews just moving around his crease enough to unsettle him, shoved down the leg side for another wide

17.4

Bresnan to Mathews, 2 runs, much better ball, full and straight, Mathews pushes it back down past the bowler, and collects a lung-busting couple

17.5

Bresnan to Mathews, 2 runs, very good from Mathews, he's played a lone hand here, fullish ball driven down the ground once more, timed well enough to collect a couple

17.6

Bresnan to Mathews, 2 runs, finally the over is done, and a very good over for Mathews and Sri Lanka, this is shorter and worked to deep square for a couple that brings up an excellent fifty

End of over 18 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 113/5 (RR: 6.27)
AD Mathews    51* (40b 3x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    4-0-41-1
NLTC Perera    1* (2b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-2

18.1

Broad to Perera, 2 runs, a touch shorter, and Perera swings it away down to deep midwicket, big boundaries on this ground, and he collects a couple

18.2

Broad to Perera, 1 run, much quicker short ball this time, Perera is waiting in position to heave it into the leg side, connects well enough to send it down to Collingwood at deep midwicket for a singe

18.3

Broad to Mathews, 1 run, shortish ball once more, Mathews was in position early, and swiped it firmly back at Broad, smacked him in the shin and cannons away for one

18.4

Broad to Perera, no run, shorter and slower this time, Perera looks to heave this all the way to Sri Lanka, head up, bat swishing, and fails to connect

18.5

Broad to Perera, 1 run, this time the leg-side swipe works well enough to collect down to midwicket

18.6

Broad to Mathews, 2 runs, short ball once more, Mathews is waiting for it, slugs it down to long on, where some sharp fielding and sharper running means it's two

End of over 19 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 120/5 (RR: 6.31)
AD Mathews    54* (42b 3x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    4-0-21-2
NLTC Perera    5* (6b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-41-1

19.1

Sidebottom to Perera, 1 run, very good from Sidebottom first up, aims for the yorker and lands it perfectly, Perera swishes it down to long on, but only one there

19.2

Sidebottom to Mathews, 1 run, very good from Sidebottom, held his nerve and land his slower ball full, Mathews was looking for the short ball and can only succeed in guiding this to cover

19.3

Sidebottom to Perera, 1 run, full yoker, touch of reverse swing as well, Perera digs it out into the off side

19.4

Sidebottom to Mathews, 2 runs, Mathews will be pleased with this, it was another well-directed slower ball, swiped down to deep square and comes back for a sharp second

19.5

Sidebottom to Mathews, 1 run, OUT, another good ball, no mistake yet from Sidebottom, Mathews shoves it down to long on, comes back for a second, but he looks out of gas, the throw comes in one bounce, and beats Mathews

AD Mathews run out 58 (68m 45b 3x4 1x6) SR: 128.88

19.6

Sidebottom to Jayasinghe, 2 runs, decent finish, on a length and line, swung away down the ground, it was always going to be two, and Sri Lanka have just about managed to get themselves a score, but England will be happy

On a slow pitch England have done very well. Mixing up their pace, fielding like demons and but for one expensive over from Bresnan, they choked the Sri Lankan batsmen.

If Lumb and Kieswetter get off to a flier this should be straightforward for England, but Sri Lanka will be tempted to open with their spinners and if they can stifle the top order, Sri Lanka might manage to get back into the game.

Anyway, Andrew Miller has a bulletin which should sum things up ideally, so check that out. After the break, Liam Brickhill will take over the comms.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 128/6
CU Jayasinghe    2* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-24-1
NLTC Perera    7* (8b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-21-2
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