7.6 short of a length, pulled and picks out long leg! What a poor way for Jaywardene to finish. It wasn't that short and was just helped on it's way into the leg side but he couldn't keep it down and it flew straight to long leg who pouched an easy catch. Jayawardene takes a slow walk off and gets a rapturous reception 55/1
    43.3 another full, another wicket! This was a horrid delivery, a slower ball which comes out as a high full toss and Dilshan swats it straight to Moeen at deep midwicket. Height looked an issue, but Dilshan was happy to walk off 236/4
    23.5 would you believe it! The low full toss works. Sangakkara just swings it straight to midwicket. So both legends have given their wickets away. Another standing ovation as Sangakkara walks off. May not be his final innings in Sri Lanka, but will be his final ODI here 120/2
    31.6 goes for another paddle sweep but it's a little quicker and flatter and skids onto leg stump! Moeen makes the breakthrough. Clever bowling. He'd been paddle swept a few times but pushed this through and Mathews got outside the line and when he missed he was praying for the ball to miss leg stump which it didn't 156/3
    not out
    49.2 short of a length, he goes for the pull, lobs off the splice and Jordan takes the catch himself in the midwicket area 299/5
    49.3 well bowled again, and it earns a run out! Full and fast at leg stump, jabbed back to the bowler. Prasanna thought it would bounce over Jordan and had already raced off for the run and it was a simple job for the bowler to remove the bails 299/6
    not out
    10 (lb 5, w 5)
    302/6 (50 Overs, RR: 6.04)
    Fall of wickets: 1-55 (Mahela Jayawardene, 7.6 ov), 2-120 (Kumar Sangakkara, 23.5 ov), 3-156 (Angelo Mathews, 31.6 ov), 4-236 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 43.3 ov), 5-299 (Thisara Perera, 49.2 ov), 6-299 (Seekkuge Prasanna, 49.3 ov)
    CR Woakes907107.88198110
    HF Gurney906016.66257020
    JC Tredwell705007.14155100
    JE Root502204.40131010
    CJ Jordan1005525.50285010
    MM Ali1003923.90321100
    12.6 full length sliding across the off stump, Cook drives at it and edges, well taken at slip! Jayawardene diving low to his left takes the catch but they will check upstairs. Absolutely no question of a clean catch, very well held and Cook, having had several near-misses, finally has to go with another stroke that he played without moving his feet, back goes the England captain without a big score once more 51/3
    1.2 goes back, this skids on, Moeen cuts, misses and is bowled! Dilshan strikes first up yet again and perhaps there most dangerous player is back in the shed first ball. No turn at all and Moeen has misjudged this completely and lost his off stump 2/1
    7.2 down the track smashing high into the sky but doesn't get enough of it and finds long-on! Hales got it off the bottom of the bat, it went very high but a good five yards short of the boundary and it was solidly taken, England in trouble 28/2
    40.2 and now he's given! Going for the reverse sweep, misses the full delivery, and Rod Tucker is quick to say that's out. England have their review so Root reckons he may as well use it, but that looks fairly straight. Only an edge would save him, but it wasn't an instant review from Root. And it's hitting middle half-way up. That ends a fine series for Root, one of the England players who can hold their head high 192/8
    14.2 back of a length at the body, it bounces a little and Taylor tries to fend it off, taken by Sangakkara and it's given out! England in disarray now. A little bounce made it really uncomfortable for Taylor who tried to ride the delivery down the leg side but it got a bit big on him and he clearly gloves it behind, Rod Tucker gave it out straight away 57/4
    19.1 England's slide continues! Massive appeal for lbw as Morgan sweeps a full delivery, given not out on the field and they call for the review. Looks pretty straight, is there an bottom edge? Decided there's no edge and that's crashing into middle and leg. Morgan has to go 78/5
    27.3 picked him out! Just as Buttler was getting going. Tried to clear the off side but the bat just turned in his hand and the ball sliced in the air to deep cover 126/6
    39.6 dance down the pitch, the bowler saw him, fired it right in the blockhole and clean him up! Woakes has played pretty well but now forced to try and raise the tempo, comes down and aims a drive into the off side, the quicker ball beat him and knocked out leg stump 192/7
    40.6 full and straight, gone! This was fired in full, struck Jordan on the front pad as his bat got stuck. Looked to be heading towards middle and leg 193/9
    45.5 there it is! The pair combine. Mahela and Kumar. Tredwell charges down the pitch, misses by a mile and Sangakkara completes the simple stumping. Plenty of smiles and hugs from the Sri Lanka players. 215/10
    not out
    10 (b 4, lb 3, w 3)
    215 all out (45.5 Overs, RR: 4.69)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Moeen Ali, 1.2 ov), 2-28 (Alex Hales, 7.2 ov), 3-51 (Sir Alastair Cook, 12.6 ov), 4-57 (James Taylor, 14.2 ov), 5-78 (Eoin Morgan, 19.1 ov), 6-126 (Jos Buttler, 27.3 ov), 7-192 (Chris Woakes, 39.6 ov), 8-192 (Joe Root, 40.2 ov), 9-193 (Chris Jordan, 40.6 ov), 10-215 (James Tredwell, 45.5 ov)
    MDK Perera905315.88294210
    TM Dilshan1003733.70280010
    RAS Lakmal812523.12322000
    NLTC Perera302207.3353000
    AD Mathews20301.5090000
    S Prasanna803534.37211010
    BMAJ Mendis402807.0073000
    DPMD Jayawardene1.50512.7260000

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 7-match series 5-2

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

16 December 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Cook form leaves England in chaos

    England's biggest problem ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup is the form of Cook and it becomes more acute each time a member of the ECB hierarchy launches into an impassioned defence of the captain

  • A dream day for Khettarama faithful

    Tillakaratne Dilshan crashed the farewell party of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara with a spectacular all-round show, but the departing pair would leave the crowd with one final jewel

  • 'No complaints' if sacked - Cook

    It has been a "hell of a year", in the words of Alastair Cook but he will have to wait a few more days to see if it has been worth it - at least from a personal perspective

  • Sangakkara's golden year to remember

    Stats highlights from the final ODI between Sri Lanka and England, in Colombo

  • St Sangakkara b Jayawardene

    Plays of the day from the seventh ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo

Six, up


Alastair Cook's six off Perera was just his tenth in ODIs

Thisara Perera


Ball for his half-century - the second-fastest in an ODI by a Sri Lankan

Dilshan goes big


Career ODI run milestone passed by Tillakaratne Dilshan in this innings

Mahela at home


Jayawardene's final tally of international runs in Sri Lanka