Match Day

708dThe Report by David Hopps

Sri Lanka hold on despite Moeen and Bopara

Moeen Ali produced an abundant one-day innings to raise horizons and rouse spirits, but it will take more than a one-man masterclass, however brilliant, to turn England into fancied World Cup contenders

708dESPNcricinfo staff

Dilshan, Thisara fined for Level 1 breaches

Tillakaratne Dilshan has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing during the first ODI against England, while Thisara Perera has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for a separate incident

708dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

A tonic for Sri Lanka's top order

Though a strong argument remains that Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan are Sri Lanka's best opening pair, a consistent Kusal Perera is vital to the batsmen maintaining their present positions

708dAndrew Fidel Fernando and Alan Gardner in Colombo

Cook's DRS double-take

ESPNcricinfo picks the plays of the day from the opening ODI

1222dAlan Gardner in Colombo

Mighty Mo gives silver lining to cloud over Cook

The mischievous thought that Moeen Ali and Alex Hales could feature in England's best ODI eleven will continue to grow as long as Alastair Cook's form remains in a muddy rut

708dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Thirimanne set for middle order role

Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka vice-captain, suggested he would continue to bat in the lower middle order until the World Cup, despite having tasted his greatest successes higher up the order.




Number of sixes hit by Moeen Ali in this match - equals the highest hit by an England opener in an ODI innings.

only the second


No. of England batsmen to hit ODI tons in SL including Moeen; Trescothick hit one against Zimbabwe in 2002.

Almost happened


Runs scored by Buttler at Lord’s in May this year, when he almost pulled off a chase against the same opposition.

In a hurry


Balls Moeen Ali took for his fifty; a ball slower than Collingwood's fifty against NZ, which is England's quickest since 2001

Quick Start


Balls England took for their fifty - this is the fourth-quickest team fifty for England in ODIs since 2001

Tough ask


Highest ODI target successfully chased in SL, by the hosts against Pakistan in Dambulla in 2009; England are chasing 318.



Tillakaratne Dilshan's highest ODI score in 2014 - also made against England at Durham in June

Still to get there


Centuries by Tillakaratne Dilshan in 2014 - he is the only batsman without a hundred among those with at least 500 ODI runs this year

Got 'em measured


Moeen Ali's bowling average (12 wkts) against left handers in all international cricket; against right handers he averages 38.06 (16 wkts)

Long time coming


Number of ODIs since Sri Lanka's last century opening partnership - 213 against India in Jamaica last year

Lean patch


Perera's batting average since the last time he hit an ODI fifty. He's been out for a duck four times in 12 innings.