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England v SL - 5th ODI

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  • Mikey believes Sri Lanka ran out deserved series winners

    6/3/2014 9:14:17 PM
  • 6/3/2014 10:41:48 AM
  • Preparation is well underway in the kitchens at Edgbaston for the deciding Royal London ODI #EngvSL

  • Here's the track for #EngvSL at Edgbaston. Win the toss and bat or bowl first?

  • Can't wait for he deciding odi with @alexbreeze at @CricketingBears gonna be just as exciting as Saturday! Go on @ECB_cricket
  • We have all arrived at Edgbaston for today's winner-takes-all ODI between England and Sri Lanka. Fine & dry at the moment. SS2 1.30pm
    Hello everyone and welcome to our live, interactive match blog, coming to you from Edgbaston, where England and Sri Lanka are preparing for a winner-takes-all one-day international. After trading blows at The Oval, Durham, Old Trafford and Lord’s, the series is locked at 2-2 ahead of this Birmingham day-nighter. It’s fine and dry in the midlands at the moment and we’ll be hoping it stays that way for what could be an absolute classic. So, for over-by-over updates and the expert views of the Sky Cricket commentary team, stay right here throughout the afternoon and evening. Match starts, 2pm.
    6/3/2014 11:38:32 AM
  • The stage is set for 'The Decider'

    6/3/2014 11:38:39 AM
  • Eoin Morgan is due a big knock. Is tonight the night?

    6/3/2014 11:47:47 AM
  • Great effort from Edgbaston groundsman @barnstonworth and his @CricketingBears team. Up all night mopping up after torrential rain.
  • A final team huddle for England before the toss

    6/3/2014 12:19:31 PM
  • [sunny] WEATHER UPDATE
    You never know quite what you're going to get in Birmingham but say this very quietly, at the moment, it's sunny! That could cause a dilemma at the toss because by all accounts the pitch looks a belter and both teams may want first use of it. On the other hand, if the forecasted showers do arrive it may be advantageous to bat second with Duckworth-Lewis likely to come to the fore.
    6/3/2014 12:21:33 PM
  • Which England shirt do you prefer, T20 or ODI? Both are available today from the Shop at Edgbaston #EngvSL

  • Edgbaston hosts the fifth and final ODI between England and Sri Lanka, #WatchOnSky with #SkyGo :
  • England win the toss and will bat first at Edgbaston #EngvSL
  • Both sides unchanged for this winner-takes-all ODI. Watch live on SS2 & follow online:… #EngvSL
  • Team for England: Cook, Bell, Balance, Morgan, Root, Bopara, Butler, Jordon, Tredwell, Anderson, Gurney #EngvSL
  • It looks a really good wicket and I don't think it will change that much throughout the game. At Edgbaston, batting in normal conditions (as opposed to under floodlights) is normally an advantage.
    England captain Alastair Cook on his decision to bat first.
    6/3/2014 12:36:43 PM
  • Team for Sri Lanka: Dishan, Perera, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Thirimanna, Matthews, Priyanjan, Kulasekara, Senanayake, Mendis, Malinga
  • I would also have liked to bat first. The wicket looks good. It may get a bit slower as the game progresses but I'm not too concerned about chasing.
    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews
    6/3/2014 12:38:52 PM
  • Mathews also confirmed Sri Lanka off-spinner Sacithra Senanayake will play despite being reported to the ICC for a suspected illegal bowling action at Lord's.
    It's a little bit disappointing (he's been reported) but it's something we can't control.

    6/3/2014 12:41:44 PM
  • [davidlloyd] Everyone is still catching their breath from Buttler's brilliance at Lord's. Here's Bumble's view on the Lancashire keeper with the Test squad set to be announced on Thursday
    He reminds me so much of Adam Gilchrist – he’s a destructive player and very special. He’s by no means the finished article with the gloves but neither were Rodney Marsh and Adam Gilchrist when they first played Test cricket.

    6/3/2014 12:45:22 PM
  • Beefy makes his prediction…
    [ianbotham] My heart says England but my brain says Sri Lanka. England will have to play very well to beat them – they are an exceptional side.

    6/3/2014 12:54:42 PM
  • Bumble previews tonight's match after a look at the pitch

    6/3/2014 12:55:37 PM
  • Here come the players. This could be a thriller...

    6/3/2014 1:01:54 PM
  • Over 1 - Eng 2/0 (Cook, 2 Bell 0)
    Kulasekara takes the first over for Sri Lanka. Cook is able to open his account with two off his hip from the fourth ball, just a touch too short during an otherwise pinpoint start from Kulasekara.
    6/3/2014 1:04:15 PM
  • Over 2 - Eng 5/0 (Cook, 2 Bell 3)
    Malinga shares the new ball for Sri Lanka. Bell is off the mark with a push drive down the ground for two. Malinga's pace is down at around 80mph. Bell keeps the strike with a single wide of extra cover.
    6/3/2014 1:10:17 PM
  • An early observation on conditions from Mikey... [michaelholding] 
    So far there's been no swing or lateral movement off the seam so that's encouraging for the batsmen.
    6/3/2014 1:10:35 PM
  • What goes through the mind of Lasith Malinga when running in to bowl?

    6/3/2014 1:16:09 PM
  • Over 3 - Eng 10/0 (Cook, 2 Bell 8)
    Kulasekara is pitching it full but there's not much swing or seam with the new ball. Bell picks up two, steered into the off-side off the back foot and then shows some aggressive intent, earning two more with a lofted drive over wide mid-on. The bat turned in his hand but he got enough of it. Bell guides it down to third-man for single.
    6/3/2014 1:16:37 PM
  • Over 4 - Eng 18/0 (Cook, 2 Bell 15)
    Haven't seen anything in the first four overs to suggest this is anything other than an excellent batting track. The ball is coming through nicely onto the bat, not much in the way of seam or swing for Malinga. Bell continues to dominate the strike and drives down the ground for England's opening boundary.
    6/3/2014 1:20:03 PM
  • Over 5 - Eng 22/0 (Cook 5, Bell 16)
    Bell misses out on a short, wide delivery from Kulasekara to start the fifth over. Bell gets a single into the covers, where it wasn't fielded cleanly. Cook collects three to midwicket, just pulled in short of the rope. Sangakkara whips off the bails to end the over, Bell raised his back foot after playing and missing outside off-stump. Replays show that only happened after the bails had come off, although umpire Michael Gough didn't bother sending it upstairs to check, much to Sangakkara's displeasure.
    6/3/2014 1:25:08 PM
  • Senanayake into the attack.
    6/3/2014 1:26:33 PM
  • In the early stages it's looking like a good toss for Cook and England to have won

    6/3/2014 1:29:52 PM
  • Over 6 - Eng 29/0 (Cook 12, Bell 16)
    Sri Lanka turn to spin early in the shape of Senanayake. He is playing today despite being reported to the ICC for a suspected illegal bowling action at Lord's on Saturday. He must undergo analysis in the next 21 days but is available to play in the meantime. Cook cuts his opening delivery away for four behind square, was asking for it, and gets three more later in the over with a similar shot.
    6/3/2014 1:30:34 PM
  • Over 7 - Eng 32/0 (Cook 13, Bell 18)
    Cook opens his bat face to run a single behind square on the off-side and Bell only just clears mid-on for a couple later in Kulasekara's over. Bell's yet to middle a lofted drive today, he's had a couple of goes at it now.
    6/3/2014 1:32:27 PM
  • Over 8 - Eng 34/0 (Cook 15, Bell 18)
    Senanayake goes through a few of his variations to the left-handed Cook, pushing a couple through out of the front of his hand. Cook finishes the over with a drive into the covers for two.
    6/3/2014 1:35:28 PM
  • DROPPED! Bell is given a reprieve on 18 after being put down by Jayawardene. #EngvSL

  • [dropped-catch]Over 9 - Eng 42/0 (Cook 15, Bell 26)
    Dropped! Bell chips Kulasekara's slower ball to midwicket but Jayawardene fails to cling on reaching above his head. It wasn't that difficult a chance, but Jayawardene mistimed his jump. Bell celebrates the let-off with two fours in a row, cutting a wide delivery away and then driving dismissively through the extra cover.
    6/3/2014 1:38:41 PM
  • Mike Atherton reflects on what could be a costly drop... [mikeatherton]
    That was a straightforward catch. Jayawardene appeared to gesture that he lost it in the lights but it didn’t seem to go high enough – maybe he lost it in the crowd?

    6/3/2014 1:39:14 PM
  • Over 10 - Eng 46/0 (Cook 18, Bell 27)
    A well-placed drive earns Cook two from the first ball of Senanayake's over. A single apiece for each batsman later in the over.
    6/3/2014 1:43:06 PM
  • [power-play]England have decided to use the batting powerplay straight away, therefore the fielding restrictions remain in place between overs 11-15. Mendis is coming into the attack.
    6/3/2014 1:44:18 PM
  • Over 11 - Eng 55/0 (Cook 25, Bell 28)
    Mendis has six different variations according to Sri Lanka's assistant coach Chris Adams. Not a great start, a wide is followed by a full toss that Cook helps away for four during an over costing nine runs.
    6/3/2014 1:47:38 PM
  • Jos Buttler chats to Sky Sports about his Lord's century and a potential Test call-up

    6/3/2014 1:48:03 PM
  • Over 12 - Eng 58/0 (Cook 27, Bell 29)
    There's not been much turn for either spinner so far and it's very slow when it does. England content to pick up three singles from Senanayake's latest over.
    6/3/2014 1:50:37 PM
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