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Only T20I (D/N), The Oval, May 20 2014, Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland
(20 ov, target 184)174/7
Sri Lanka won by 9 runs
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• The Report by Andrew McGlashan at The Oval

Thisara, Malinga script Sri Lanka win

The world champions, Sri Lanka, began their T20 life without Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara by securing a nine-run victory at The Oval

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka183/7(20 overs)
England174/7(20 overs)
end of over 2014 runs
ENG: 174/7CRR: 8.70 
Chris Woakes2 (2)
Ravi Bopara28 (15)
Suranga Lakmal 4-0-44-1
Lasith Malinga 4-0-28-3

So the international summer is underway and Sri Lanka have begun their tour with a victory. Monty and I shall be back on Thursday for the first one-day international, also at The Oval, that's a day-nigher so see you then, bye for now...



The stand-in England captain is Eoin Morgan. Now what would Stuart Broad say in valiant defeat? "I think we were outplayed. It cost us towards the end of the first innings, it fell away towards the end, things were quite controlled for the first 15 overs. It's disappointing having got so close. We've dropped three catches which is inexcusable here. Bowling we were just a little bit off our skill level. Harry Gurney played very well, you don't often see that on début so it's pleasing to see. We probably left a bit much to do at the death with the bat."



Lasitha Malinga: "In the last couple of years the captain has used me in pressure situations and I've really enjoyed that. I enjoy the pressure. I say to the captain, no matter whatever the situation give me the ball. In the last couple of years I've realised my slower ball is my wicket-taking ball. Perera can hit the ball hard, he can clear the fielder. He did a really good job for us and is looking forward to this tour." Man of the Match is Thisara Perera for his 49 in just 20 balls which proved the difference.



The World T20 Champions begin their new post-Jayawardene/Sangakkara with a win and England kick off their new era under Peter Moores with a very English close defeat. Jolly well played chaps but hard luck. This is the only T20 of the tour with the first of five one-day matches on Thursday before the two Tests, so a heart-warming start for the tourists.



So not for the first time, it's close but no cigar for England. Another credible effort but not quite getting over the line. But we've also seen this before from Sri Lanka, defending a score really well thanks to the master Lasith Malinga, he was incredible just at the right time here and closed out the match just when England were bubbling.

19.6
1
Lakmal to Woakes, 1 run

full at the pads, Woakes can only dab it to midwicket for a single

19.5
1
Lakmal to Bopara, 1 run

full outside off but Bopara can only run it down to long-off for a single

19.4
4
Lakmal to Bopara, FOUR runs

leg side again, met on the full and gets four past long leg, it was a ball to go large with but Bopara go it all along the floor, still alive though England

19.3
6
Lakmal to Bopara, SIX runs

length ball at the pads, swung leg side and Bopara clears the rope, big strike

19.2
2
Lakmal to Bopara, 2 runs

yorker-length, swung down the ground, easy two to long-on

19.1
Lakmal to Bopara, no run

full at the stumps, Bopara across his stumps swinging leg side misses and got an inside edge which saved the lbw

Well England have been waiting for a big over this innings, what better time to find one. Lakmal to bowl with 24 to defend. Short boundary leg side...

end of over 194 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 160/7CRR: 8.42 RRR: 24.00
Ravi Bopara15 (10)
Chris Woakes1 (1)
Lasith Malinga 4-0-28-3
Nuwan Kulasekara 4-0-39-1
18.6
1
Malinga to Bopara, 1 run

low full toss, played to extra-cover and that is an absolutely outstanding over from Malinga, probably a match-winning over

18.5
Malinga to Bopara, no run

Bopara down to scoop, it was full pace and outside off, nowhere to go for Bopara and he missed completely

18.4
1
Malinga to Woakes, 1 run

yet again, it's pace off the ball, clipped into the leg side and they get a single

18.3
W
Malinga to Jordan, OUT

another slower ball, Jordan tries to step back and play off side but is through too early on the stroke and gets a thick inside edge into his stumps. Jordan without too much of an idea against Malinga, he's finally decided to force the pace and has perished

Chris Jordan b Malinga 5 (8m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125
18.2
1
Malinga to Bopara, 1 run

excellent yorker, 85mph, right on the money, nothing Bopara can do except dab it to point

18.1
1
Malinga to Jordan, 1 run

73mph on the stumps, blocked into the covers and they take a quick single

England are still alive, 28 needed from 12 balls...

end of over 1813 runs
ENG: 156/6CRR: 8.66 RRR: 14.00
Ravi Bopara13 (7)
Chris Jordan4 (2)
Nuwan Kulasekara 4-0-39-1
Lasith Malinga 3-0-24-2
17.6
4
Kulasekara to Bopara, FOUR runs

steps across the off stump and whips a low full toss leg side and finds the cow corner rope, picked his gap and creamed it

17.5
Kulasekara to Bopara, no run

yorker-length again just outside off and Bopara is beaten aiming off side

17.4
2
Kulasekara to Bopara, 2 runs

tucked to extra-cover, Malinga fumbles and Jordan charges back for an outrageous second, great running

17.3
4
Kulasekara to Bopara, FOUR runs

wonderful shot, Bopara leans back and lifts a full ball up and over extra-cover, great timing

17.3
1w
Kulasekara to Bopara, 1 wide

right on the line again outside off, Bopara swings and misses, this is called wide but that was just inside the guidelines, harsh call

17.2
2
Kulasekara to Bopara, 2 runs

full, struck hard off side, can't evade the cover sweeper running to his right

17.1
Kulasekara to Bopara, no run

nails the wide yorker, just inside the guideline and Bopara misses

end of over 1710 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 143/6CRR: 8.41 RRR: 13.67
Chris Jordan4 (2)
Ravi Bopara1 (1)
Lasith Malinga 3-0-24-2
Nuwan Kulasekara 3-0-26-1
16.6
Malinga to Jordan, no run

another slower ball and this slips past the outside edge and through to the keeper, six slower balls but it did go for 10 so okay for England

Best performances - batters
Alex Hales portrait
AD Hales ENG
66 runs (41)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control67%
Productive shot
off drive
23 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Thisara Perera portrait
NLTC Perera SL
49 runs (20)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control55%
Productive shot
off drive
23 runs
5 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Lasith Malinga portrait
SL Malinga SL
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
3
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Harry Gurney portrait
HF Gurney ENG
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
2
ECO
6.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of England and Ireland
Season2014
Player Of The Match
Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera
Match numberT20I no. 401
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.15, Interval 19.15-19.30, Second Session 19.30-20.45
Match days20 May 2014 - daynight (20-over match)
T20I debut
Harry Gurney
Harry Gurney
Kithuruwan Vithanage
Kithuruwan Vithanage
Michael Carberry
Michael Carberry
Umpires
England Image
Michael Gough
England Image
Rob Bailey
TV Umpire
England Image
Tim Robinson
Reserve Umpire
England Image
David Millns
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe