result
4th ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Oct 10 2007, England tour of Sri Lanka
(46.5/50 ov)212/5
England won by 5 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
80 (123)
alastair-cook

Paul Collingwood and the rest of the England team come out to greet Pietersen and to shake the hands of Sri Lanka's players. England take the series 3-1 - what an effort it has been. It is their first major series win in the subcontinent since 1987 and their first ever win in Sri Lanka. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage today. From Will Luke, Martin Williamson and Andrew Miller, it's goodnight - and do join us for the final game on Saturday.

46.5
1lb
Jayasuriya to Bopara, 1 leg bye

and there it is! England win the series 3-1 as he just whips this leg-side delivery down to fine-leg. Pietersen runs through and jumps in the air in delight, pumping his fist. He's found form at last and has taken England through to not only an impressive win today, but an excellent series victory

46.4
1
Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run

and the scores are level as he flicks this one to midwicket

46.3
1
Jayasuriya to Bopara, 1 run

flicked through midwicket

46.2
1
Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run

a full toss, pushed through midwicket

46.1
Jayasuriya to Pietersen, no run

Pietersen skips down the pitch and bunts it back to the bowler

Four needed. Jayasuriya into the attack

end of over 462 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 208/5CRR: 4.52 RRR: 1.00
Ravi Bopara0 (2)
Kevin Pietersen61 (72)
Lasith Malinga 9-1-39-2
Dilhara Fernando 10-1-38-2
45.6
Malinga to Bopara, no run

solidly defended by Bopara in the end but a cracking ball with which to end the over, swinging into the right hander at the last moment

45.5
Malinga to Bopara, no run

fast, but misdirected. Bopara pats it to leg

Excellent bowling, it really has been a courageous over from Malinga....albeit a little too late

45.4
W
Malinga to Shah, OUT

no slower-ball this time: that was Malinga at pace, reversing it back into Shah who was comprehensively beaten and his stumps flayed

Owais Shah b Malinga 9 (14m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

Malinga doing really well here. It's so easy to lose your head in these situations

45.3
Malinga to Shah, no run

very well bowled! A slower-ball yorker, right on the money but Shah's up to the task and blocks it out solidly

45.2
2
Malinga to Shah, 2 runs

sliced over point this time and the ball drops like a shell in the outfield

45.1
Malinga to Shah, no run

Malinga fires down a slower ball which Shah guides to point

So then. This ought to be the last over. Six needed from 30

end of over 455 runs
ENG: 206/4CRR: 4.57 RRR: 1.20
Kevin Pietersen61 (72)
Owais Shah7 (7)
Dilhara Fernando 10-1-38-2
Lasith Malinga 8-1-37-1
44.6
Fernando to Pietersen, no run

hammered back to Fernando who parries the ball onto the non-striker's stumps

44.5
Fernando to Pietersen, no run

and that could be four of them...no, a flourishing drive is saved by the extra-cover sweeper

Six needed

44.4
1
Fernando to Shah, 1 run

a full toss which Shah bunts to deep point

44.3
Fernando to Shah, no run

an ugly cross-batted swipe at a half-volley. Not sure what Shah was trying to do there

44.2
Fernando to Shah, no run

better. Full and straight, Shah just comes forward patiently to defend

44.1
3
Fernando to Pietersen, 3 runs

lovely inventive stroke, picking this from middle-and-off and forcing it through midwicket. The sweeper will collect

44.1
1w
Fernando to Pietersen, 1 wide

a tired bouncer, misdirected down the leg side