Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.2 oh my! Moeen stepped out of his crease and had an almighty heave, he wasn't close to the pitch of the ball and it fell well short of him and spun away to beat the bat, the keeper had loads of time to make the stumping. Hang on, Sangakkara said there was an edge. Either way, that's out. 29/2
    1.1 big strike! Gets his line straighter, it's full outside off, Hales is tempted into having a drive and a thick outside flies at chest height to Jayawardene at slip 5/1
    34.4 down the wicket, aiming over the off side, gets it off the toe and squirts it to cover! A shame for Taylor who's missed out on a century on his return to the side but he's played very nicely indeed. Aiming over the off side here, trying to play in-to-out, didn't get it quite right, it looped to where cover was shuffling back and claimed an easy catch 170/4
    25.3 stays leg side of this again, goes to drive again and gets bowled! The change works for Sri Lanka, Herath has struck with perhaps a quicker ball that Root has misjudged. He should have been playing much straighter but tried to slash it square and missed, losing his middle and off stumps, partnership broken 122/3
    35.3 back looking to force down the ground and it's through him! Onto Bopara faster than he was anticipating and he's lost his middle and off stumps. Like Root, a total misjudgment really, he exposed his stumps and the delivery ran on and through his stroke, might have kept a touch low 173/5
    49.6 slog swept again but Morgan hasn't got this at all, it's gone straight up and Sangakkara runs out to take the catch. Good work from the keeper to run up the wicket to take that because it went a long way up 265/10
    42.4 down the wicket, goes in the air down the ground and picks out long-on. No where near enough club on that, bit of an inside edge and it was a straightforward chance to Jaywardene running a few yards to his left. A big wicket for Sri Lanka who have kept things very quiet since the batting Powerplay 203/6
    44.6 swept up into the leg side but gets it too high and not long enough, the catch taken by deep square running to his right. A firm strike off a middle and leg line but the timing not quite there, it was a big top edge really, and another wicket falls 219/7
    47.3 a very slow loopy delivery that Woakes tries to slap into the leg side and he's bowled, missing it by a mile really. Couldn't pick up the pace of the delivery, swung right across it and got cleaned up, Woakes has really struggled with spin this tour 238/8
    48.1 waited for and cut hard straight to backward point! Rocking back to try and force this away through the off side, Jordan is early on the stroke and chipped it straight to the fielder who gleefully claimed an easy catch 245/9
    not out
    7 (lb 1, w 6)
    265 all out (50 Overs, RR: 5.3)
    Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Alex Hales, 1.1 ov), 2-29 (Moeen Ali, 7.2 ov), 3-122 (Joe Root, 25.3 ov), 4-170 (James Taylor, 34.4 ov), 5-173 (Ravi Bopara, 35.3 ov), 6-203 (Jos Buttler, 42.4 ov), 7-219 (Ben Stokes, 44.6 ov), 8-238 (Chris Woakes, 47.3 ov), 9-245 (Chris Jordan, 48.1 ov), 10-265 (Eoin Morgan, 49.6 ov)
    AD Mathews602103.50211000
    KTGD Prasad612914.83213020
    TM Dilshan1006436.40243320
    NLTC Perera201909.5062110
    HMRKB Herath1003633.60291000
    BMAJ Mendis713905.57222100
    BAW Mendis905636.22233210
    5.1 massive blow! They've snaffled Dilshan. It was a short-of-a-length delivery which Dilshan tried to carve it away over the covers but only succeeded in getting a top edge which looped into the off side, where Morgan back-tracked well from inside the circle 28/1
    14.1 floated up just outside off, driven and edged to slip! Perera can change his gloves again now, driving a touch loosely at a ball just wide enough to entice the drive, it's turned just enough to take a thick outside edge and Jordan has held a sharp chance at slip, well bowled Moeen 69/2
    41.1 oh goodness me. Long hop outside off and Sangakkara has belted it straight to deep cover! What a miserable way to go. Terrible delivery but Sangakkara has thrown the kitchen sink at it, pretty much nailed it too, only to perfectly pick out the off side scout who doesn't have to move in pouching the catch, game on? 214/4
    31.2 tries to play through the covers and drags this on! A desperately needed breakthrough for England. A lazy drive aiming through the off side and gets a thick inside edge into the ground and into the off stump. A seemingly gentle length ball a foot and a half wide of off stump has done for Jayawardene and maybe there's some hope for England 165/3
    not out
    not out
    20 (b 4, lb 4, w 12)
    267/4 (49.4 Overs, RR: 5.37)
    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 5.1 ov), 2-69 (Kusal Perera, 14.1 ov), 3-165 (Mahela Jayawardene, 31.2 ov), 4-214 (Kumar Sangakkara, 41.1 ov)
    ST Finn9.416106.31297030
    CR Woakes905315.88298010
    MM Ali1004414.40272000
    CJ Jordan1003523.50321030
    JE Root602904.83162030
    RS Bopara301605.3382000
    BA Stokes2021010.5002020

Match Details


England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 7-match series 3-1

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

7 December 2014 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Sri Lanka's spinners keep taking the tricks

    Sri Lanka's wonderfully inventive collection of spinners are combining to make up a winning hand against England, but their potential impact in the World Cup is harder to assess

  • We missed Tredwell - Morgan

    England's decision to field Ben Stokes instead of James Tredwell may have contributed to them going 3-1 down in the series but they have accepted that there will be some collateral damage

  • Taylor makes his statement

    ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Colombo

  • Taylor leaves England grateful for small mercies

    James Taylor's chance has been a long time coming, but he took it in style in Colombo to press his claims for a place in England's World Cup squad

  • Cool Mathews steers Sri Lanka home

    Sri Lanka regained their two-match advantage in the one-day series although were pushed closer than appeared likely for most of the chase before getting home with two balls to spare.

Old is Gold


Number of consecutive years where Kumar Sangakkara has scored 1000+ ODI runs.

All out, but not out


Number of times that England have beaten Sri Lanka despite being bowled out, more than against any other team.

Awesome Threesome


Wickets taken by Mendis, Dilshan and Herath. This is only the second instance of three spinners taking 3+ wickets each.

England in the web


Number of wickets taken by spinners this innings, the fifth instance of Sri Lanka doing this at home.

Big Hitting


Number of ODI sixes for Jos Buttler, the most by an England keeper, overtaking Craig Kieswetter (29)

Series Best


The partnership runs between James Taylor and Joe Root for the third wicket, England's best for any wicket this series.

Taylor makes a mark


Number of ODI fifties for James Taylor; this is his first. He made 1 & 25 in his only other ODIs, against Ireland (in 2011 and 2013)

A bunny in the making?


Number of times that Tillakaratne Dilshan has dismissed Moeen Ali. No bowler has dismissed him more in international cricket.

First Golden Duck


Runs score by Alex Hales off one ball, his first golden duck from 39 innings in international cricket