Kieswetter glances a low full-toss to square leg, where the fielder dives but can only parry it and allow the batsmen to sprint through and complete a crushing win
England level the series 2-2 with a resounding 10-wicket win. The limited-overs leg of this tour really has swung back and forth. Sri Lanka breezed through the Bristol Twenty20, and then crashed and burned at The Oval. They came back to inflict a heavy defeat at Headingley, and then took the lead with a comfortable win at Lord's. And now England have levelled the series by easing to a 10-wicket hammering. What will Old Trafford provide? Stick with us for the presentations, and to find out who the Man of the Match is.
"We lost so many wickets in the first few overs," says losing captain Tillakaratne Dilshan. "230 to 240 would've been a good total. England batted really well in the second half, there was no pressure with such a small total. If we get runs on the board, we can win the next match and the series. England bowled really well in the conditions today, especially Anderson. If we can bat through the first 10 without losing wickets we can set a good score. Cook has played good cricket, but i'm thinking of my own game."
"It was outstanding, from the moment we won the toss, bowled, put Sri Lanka under pressure - wickets always help that - and then knocked off the runs without losing any wickets," says Alastair Cook. "It was a good wicket, it didn't do as much as we thought it did. I honestly don't think it moved that much, although thank you to the groundsman for leaving grass on the pitch, which is what we asked for. Craig [Kieswetter] and I proved it was a very good wicket, but home advantage is there in all sports, and you can use it."
Cook is also Man of the Match. 'Have you ever batted better in a one-day game than you did tonight?' asks Nasser Hussain. "Probably not, I don't always time the ball as nicely as that." 'Have you answered your critics?' "A couple of innings dont do that, I've got to prove that over a long period of times. [As captain there are] tough times and good times, when you win you enjoy it. I think it's important we've stayed unchanged [in the series], it shows we've got faith in our cricketers." He also answers the question as to whether Kieswetter will be dropped for not allowing him to reach a hundred with good humour, suggesting his interviewer knows it's the red inker that counts!
Read all about England's thumping win in Andrew Miller's bulletin, or if pictures are your thing, check out our match gallery. Be sure to check in a little later as well, when you'll find match analysis courtesy of Andrew McGlashan. Otherwise, goodbye from the whole team, and we'll see you again for the series-deciding final match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
tapped to mid-off
what a strike! Real flamboyant stuff from Kieswetter, who comes down and smears the ball over midwicket, raising one leg off the ground as he does so
Kieswetter dances down and slams a length ball straight at the cover fielder. He's not playing for Cook's ton
Cook steps right across to off, exposing leg and middle stumps, and clips a low full toss out to deep square ... just the single
Both opening bowlers come back on, here's Kulasekara.
So, Cook still has a chance! He wants 6, England need 8.
another perfect blockhole delivery, and Kieswetter does well just to keep that away from his stumps
full, straight and fast. Kieswetter jams the ball to mid-on
Malinga digs in a bouncer, but it's a fairly toothless one and Kieswetter ducks underneath it easily
Cook has a quick chat with Kieswetter - telling him not to worry about the landmark?
dug out to cover for one more
another very full ball, though this one is wide of off and Cook drives over the top of it
no warm-up ball for Malinga, he just sprints in and delivers a perfect yorker, well kept out by Cook
9 for the win, 7 for the ton ... and Malinga is brought back for a final burst, though it's all a bit pointless now.
muscled out to deep midwicket, there's balance and power in the shot, and placement too. Shades of Shane Watson ...
chopped to backward point, there's no single to be had
heaved straight back over the bowlers head! Kieswetter opened up his stance and just swung his arms cleanly through the line
driven down to long-on with plenty of bottom hand
swept down to fine leg, where a sliding stop saves the boundary
this wasn't all that short, but Cook picked up the length really quickly and smashed a pull out to deep midwicket. He's into the 90s now!
"Best thing here would be for kieswetter to get out, trott come out and play his natural game...surely cook would get his hundred then." So says Arsalan Qadir.
tapped quietly back to the bowler to end the over
Kieswetter lunges forward to smother another flighted delivery outside off
bounce and a hint of turn for Randiv, and Kieswetter is hit on the thigh as he attempts to work to leg