Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    9.2 oh dear! England falling apart to spin, again. The captain's problems continue. Swept a full delivery, it takes the top edge and couldn't have picked out deep square-leg with any more precision 37/3
    1.6 big early strike! The in-form opener departs. Coming down the pitch, aiming over the leg side, loses his shape on the shot. The ball hits his back pad then cannons into leg stump 7/1
    8.1 picks out long-off! Coming down the pitch, trying to repeat his shot of the previous over, lofts it very straight but without the distance. Thisara Perera judges the catch well, had plenty of time to see it. Nicely bowled by Herath who held the delivery back, Bell wasn't quite to the pitch 36/2
    27.1 full length at the stumps, Root seems to play all around it, huge appeal for lbw and instantly given out. It seemed to be just a straight delivery angled into the stumps, Root was aiming too leg side and when he missed, he was in big trouble, Steve Davis greedily getting his finger up almost before Mathews had the chance to turn around 117/5
    19.3 length ball sliding across Morgan who feels hard for it and pops a catch to short extra cover who gets down well to his right hand side. The slow nature of this pitch evident here, the ball not coming on at all for Morgan leaning outside off to press into the covers, he's there too soon and taps a relatively straightforward chance to the fielder who took a smart catch 75/4
    41.2 picks out midwicket! He went deep in his crease, then down on his knee to sweep. Connected strongly but picked out Mathews on the edge of the ring 180/8
    31.4 well, Buttler won't be targetting Prasad. He's fallen to him for the second time in two innings. And in very similar manner, getting an inside edge on a length delivery which cannons into the stumps 132/6
    39.5 just as the stand was building, and Bopara needed support, Woakes charges down the pitch and is beaten leaving Sangakkara which a simple stumping. Hang on, the umpire wants to check the no-ball. It's very tight, is anything grounded behind the line? This would be very careless from Mendis. The foot drags forward a touch, and it's ruled to legal. Just. 173/7
    not out
    41.4 and another! Wasn't much more than a straight delivery and it took an inside edge into the stumps as Finn prodded forward without any conviction 180/9
    42.6 and that is that! Aiming to carve through the off side he gets a bottom edge into his stumps 185/10
    8 (lb 3, nb 2, w 3)
    185 all out (43 Overs, RR: 4.3)
    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Moeen Ali, 1.6 ov), 2-36 (Ian Bell, 8.1 ov), 3-37 (Sir Alastair Cook, 9.2 ov), 4-75 (Eoin Morgan, 19.3 ov), 5-117 (Joe Root, 27.1 ov), 6-132 (Jos Buttler, 31.4 ov), 7-173 (Chris Woakes, 39.5 ov), 8-180 (Ravi Bopara, 41.2 ov), 9-180 (Steven Finn, 41.4 ov), 10-185 (Harry Gurney, 42.6 ov)
    AD Mathews602313.83222020
    TM Dilshan903223.55341000
    HMRKB Herath904014.44251000
    BAW Mendis713334.71201010
    NLTC Perera301615.33102000
    BMAJ Mendis502204.40120001
    KTGD Prasad401624.00151001

Match Details


England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 7-match series 2-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30 Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45

Match days

29 November 2014 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Dilshan - Firebrand among saner men

    He will never be regarded as a statesmen of the game. Tillakaratne Dilshan is an individualist, never shy of stealing the moment

  • Cook's gift to Dilshan

    ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second ODI in Colombo

  • Cook rebukes Pietersen dig, again

    For the second time this year, Kevin Pietersen suggested Alastair Cook should quit the England captaincy. This time he tweeted his dissatisfaction with England's one-day form, though Cook is just as disinclined to listen

  • England's World Cup plans in a spin

    Given the traumatic events of this week a one-day defeat is really not important at all so this match has to be analysed in a different light but will have to admit how poorly they performed

  • Sri Lanka canter to 2-0 series lead

    England presented Sri Lanka with the sort of run chase that Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene could have supervised in their sleep.

Nearing a Landmark


Runs that Sangakkara needs in order to become the fourth batsman to score 13,000 ODI runs.

Plenty of hope


Instances of England beating Sri Lanka despite being bowled out; they have not done it as often against any other team.



Eoin Morgan's average in his last 12 ODI innings