37.1 top catch! No hundred for Dilshan. It was a length delivery, a slower ball in off-cutter mode, Dilshan was aiming to work it into the leg side and gets a fat leading edge which loops back down the pitch, but on the on side, and Woakes dives across from his follow through to hold the catch one-handed 204/3
    22.2 bit of a leg side heave from off stump but gets it wide of deep midwicket, chance for a second but there's a total mix up! And Perera is run out by miles. Disaster for Sri Lanka after such a good start. It appeared both batsman wanted the second, both set off strongly but then Dilshan suddenly stopped, Perera hesitated before deciding to carry on but the damage was done, Dilshan was going nowhere, retreated back into his ground leaving an easy lob from Bopara to Buttler for the run out. Whoops! 120/1
    23.4 length ball, this turns off the straight and given out lbw! To the surprise of many and the batsman reviews after a quick chat with his partner. This gripped off middle and leg, turned to beat the outside edge and is going on to hit middle and off stump. Lovely delivery from Moeen, deceiving Sangakkara into aiming leg side, and a good decision from the umpire 128/2
    42.6 this slips down the leg side, Jayawardene tickles at it and there's a big appeal for caught behind and given out! A second big wicket for England. This has come right off the face of the bat and Jos Buttler has pouched a very smart catch down the leg side 253/5
    42.5 another one high, high into the air but this time Stokes is under it and that's a fine catch. Barely a foot in from the long-on boundary, Stokes down on his knees almost has held on very well to a mighty steepler from Mathews who went too big once too often, not timed again and this time not enough club to get away with it 253/4
    45.1 length on the off stump, driven up over the infield is it? Cook running back takes the catch diving away from him, splendid take and another wicket falls, England really pegging things back here. No timing on the stroke and not enough power either to clear Cook running back from extra cover 263/6
    not out
    not out
    19 (lb 2, w 17)
    317/6 (50 Overs, RR: 6.34)
    Fall of wickets: 1-120 (Kusal Perera, 22.2 ov), 2-128 (Kumar Sangakkara, 23.4 ov), 3-204 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 37.1 ov), 4-253 (Angelo Mathews, 42.5 ov), 5-253 (Mahela Jayawardene, 42.6 ov), 6-263 (Thisara Perera, 45.1 ov)
    CR Woakes1006826.80276240
    HF Gurney1006606.60276060
    JC Tredwell1005225.20282200
    BA Stokes403609.00125130
    MM Ali1006616.60246120
    JE Root201206.0031000
    RS Bopara401503.75130010
    6.1 this time he is gone! Not reviewing. Spin breaks the stand. Round the wicket, skids on with the arm, Cook looking to work to the leg side and is taken low down on the front pad 51/1
    30.6 but now gone! Moeen propping forward and presenting a simple return catch for the bowler. Such a wonderful innings but this is a soft dismissal, too early on a little forward push and it's so easy for the bowler to take such an important wicket 203/6
    15.1 decent length just outside off, Bell gets a thickish outside edge and is taken at slip! Breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Bell playing defensively to a ball that might have just left him slightly and edging at waist height for an easy chance that's comfortably taken at slip 107/2
    17.5 fuller length, Root driving at it and edging behind! Root's poor footwork the undoing of him once again. Pushed back, then drawn forward and he gets a feather edge to the keeper 121/3
    18.5 Morgan forward just outside off pushing towards the covers and gets an inside edge onto his stumps! England lose another and are now in a bit of trouble. A gentle prod forward slightly away from his body and Morgan has dragged this on 124/4
    23.4 back on a decent length, Buttler props forward and gets an inside edge which bounces and then cannons leg stump! Very bad time for England to lose another wicket. Buttler was trying to sort of angle this away but it came back on him a little and the inside edge found the outside edge of leg stump 159/5
    47.1 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 292/10
    39.5 that's pressure! He was find it hard to get the ball away, he was itching to come down the pitch, ends up yorking himself, plays over the ball and a neat take by Sangakkara 243/7
    42.3 tossed up, lures Woakes down the wicket, he's beaten and what a stumping! Herath deceived both batsman and keeper with a lovely flighted ball that pitched on middle and leg and turned across the off stump, Woakes played to leg, missed and fell out of his ground but then Sangakkara - who was headed down the leg side - darted his hands to his right to take the ball and whip off the bails, superb work behind the stumps, and a beauty of a delivery 259/8
    46.1 Tredwell backs away looking for a cut and gets bowled losing the top of his middle stump. The delivery skidded on quicker than Tredwell could attempt the cut stroke and he missed 286/9
    not out
    9 (nb 1, w 8)
    292 all out (47.1 Overs, RR: 6.19)
    Fall of wickets: 1-51 (Sir Alastair Cook, 6.1 ov), 2-107 (Ian Bell, 15.1 ov), 3-121 (Joe Root, 17.5 ov), 4-124 (Eoin Morgan, 18.5 ov), 5-159 (Jos Buttler, 23.4 ov), 6-203 (Moeen Ali, 30.6 ov), 7-243 (Ben Stokes, 39.5 ov), 8-259 (Chris Woakes, 42.3 ov), 9-286 (James Tredwell, 46.1 ov), 10-292 (Ravi Bopara, 47.1 ov)
    AD Mathews311705.66123000
    KTGD Prasad5051110.20126110
    TM Dilshan603315.50153010
    BAW Mendis905526.11233110
    HMRKB Herath905826.44262400
    NLTC Perera9.114434.80322131
    BMAJ Mendis603415.66121100

Match Details


England , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 7-match series 1-0

Match number


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

Match Notes



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.