full at the pads, Woakes can only dab it to midwicket for a single
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.
full outside off but Bopara can only run it down to long-off for a single
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
length ball at the pads, swung leg side and Bopara clears the rope, big strike
yorker-length, swung down the ground, easy two to long-on
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...
low full toss, played to extra-cover and that is an absolutely outstanding over from Malinga, probably a match-winning over
Bopara down to scoop, it was full pace and outside off, nowhere to go for Bopara and he missed completely
yet again, it's pace off the ball, clipped into the leg side and they get a single
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
excellent yorker, 85mph, right on the money, nothing Bopara can do except dab it to point
73mph on the stumps, blocked into the covers and they take a quick single
England are still alive, 28 needed from 12 balls...
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
yorker-length again just outside off and Bopara is beaten aiming off side
tucked to extra-cover, Malinga fumbles and Jordan charges back for an outrageous second, great running
wonderful shot, Bopara leans back and lifts a full ball up and over extra-cover, great timing
right on the line again outside off, Bopara swings and misses, this is called wide but that was just inside the guidelines, harsh call
full, struck hard off side, can't evade the cover sweeper running to his right
nails the wide yorker, just inside the guideline and Bopara misses
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
|Kennington Oval, London|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I 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 days||20 May 2014 - daynight (20-over match)|