229dThe 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

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MM Ali
MM Ali
119(87) 11x4 - 5x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 32 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
11 13 5 6 39 10 9 26
TM Dilshan
TM Dilshan
88(98) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 19 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 15 15 5 12 5 16 18

Best performances - Bowlers

NLTC Perera
NLTC Perera
O9.1
M1
R44
W3
Eco4.80
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JC Tredwell
JC Tredwell
O10
M0
R52
W2
Eco5.20
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

England , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 7-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

26 November 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Alex Winter

That's it for today where Sri Lanka have gone one-up in this seven-match series. But stick around for all the best analysis from Colombo. We stay put until Saturday, for the second ODI is on the same ground. It's a day game, so a 4.30am GMT start, see you then, bye for now...

Presentation coming up. The Man of the Match is Tillakaratne Dilshan for his 88, wicket of Alastair Cook and outstanding fielding.

Here's Alastair Cook: "The first 10 overs we didn't bowl as well as we should have done. We dragged it back nicely but in the last few we always tend to leek a few more than we'd like. Moeen played a blinder but we lost too many wickets which you can put down to lack of match practice. We know if you get behind the rate its difficult. Mo showed us the way. It's frustrating because we're not putting a whole game together. We thought 300 was a par score on that wicket and our wides have cost us but there's a lot of positive things from today with the way we attacked Sri Lanka."

Angelo Mathews: "It was a good game of cricket. We could tick all the boxes. The fielding was outstanding - we highlighted that after the India tour. We still can improve but I though our batting was brilliant. We got Kusal Perera back in form and Jeevan Mendis played really well too."

England will rue a poor bowling display for their latest ODI defeat. Their seamers in particular were rusty and sent down 17 wides. It was also curious how Bopara only bowled four overs despite his success. Sri Lanka feasted upon England's poor start with the ball - Thisara Perera showed how to bowl seam in these conditions - and put their troubles after the India tour behind them.

A cracking start to this series, Sri Lanka have won by 25 runs but were made to sweat firstly by Moeen Ali's scintillating hundred - his first in ODIs - and then by Ravi Bopara who fought bravely but was ultimately left with too much to do. Sri Lanka batted well themselves, led by Tillakaratne Dilshan's 88, in a strong total of 317 that's proved enough, but by a smaller margin than they might have expected.

47.1
W
NLTC Perera to Bopara, OUT, length ball, smashed high into the night, it has gone so far up, deep square comes in, Kusal Perera is the fielder, he's misjudged it slightly but dives forward and takes a blinder! A stunning catch to win the game. The ball hung up in the sky for an age and was exceptionally well held to end England's stubborn resistance

RS Bopara c MDKJ Perera b NLTC Perera 65 (102m 62b 4x4 2x6) SR: 104.83

26 in 18 balls, nervy stuff, Bopara can't make a wrong move now. Perera's final over coming up...

END OF OVER:
47 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 292/9 (26 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.21, RRR: 8.66)

  • Harry Gurney1 (2b)
  • Ravi Bopara65 (61b)
  • Ajantha Mendis9-0-55-2
  • Thisara Perera9-1-44-2
46.6
0
BAW Mendis to Gurney, no run, wide of off stump and Gurney is able to leave this alone
46.5
1
BAW Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, goes leg side again but without connection and after some consideration decides on a single
46.4
4
BAW Mendis to Bopara, FOUR runs, swept from off stump and he finds the gap at square leg, superb shot, timed it beautifully, it hovered just above the ground to take the slow outfield out of the equation
46.3
0
BAW Mendis to Bopara, no run, strong thump down the ground only straight on the bounce to long-off and Bopara refuses the run
46.2
1
BAW Mendis to Gurney, 1 run, wide of off stump, Gurney plays a lofted cover drive! Gets it in the gap and Bopara is back on strike

Maximum

5

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

2

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

Almost happened

121

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

25

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

36

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

Tough ask

289

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

Ceiling

88

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

Still to get there

0

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

16.33

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

42

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

Lean patch

16.25

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.