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England v Sri Lanka - 2nd ODI

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  • Over 4 - England 24/1 (Bell 11, Ballance 4)
    A Malinga delivery somehow misses both the inside edge of Bell's bat and the stumps.
    Not quite sure how it didn't make contact with something on the way through. Ballance gets off the mark from the final ball of the fourth over, getting a gift of a full toss that he simply steers past the cover point fielder.
    5/25/2014 2:05:20 PM
  • Kulasekara celebrates dismissing Carberry in the third over

    5/25/2014 2:07:26 PM
  • WICKET! Bell c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 12 [wicket]
    And another for Kulasekara! Bell a bit lazy outside off stump, rather wafting the bat at it rather than going with any conviction.
    All he ends up doing is providing a second catch for Sangakkara behind the stumps, albeit this one much tougher than the first.
    5/25/2014 2:09:13 PM
  • [ianbotham] He gets a lot of runs with that shot but I wonder about the per centage of it early on. There's a third man, a backward point. Anyway, it's cost him his wicket

    5/25/2014 2:10:53 PM
  • Over 5 - England 26/2 (Ballance 4, Root 0)
    England need a further 231 from the remaining 45 overs - now down to two Yorkshiremen (via Zimbabwe, in Ballance's case) to try and rebuild following the loss of both openers, who each got themselves out in ways they will now be regretting in the pavilion.
    5/25/2014 2:12:16 PM
  • WICKET! Root b Malinga 0 [wicket]
    ROOT UPROOTED! He's playing down Piccadilly, should've been down Bakerloo.
    The result is Malinga knocking his off pole out of the ground, leaving England three down and in a whole heap of trouble.
    5/25/2014 2:13:30 PM
  • Over 6 - England 29/3 (Ballance 5, Morgan 2)
    Morgan off the mark immediately with a couple of runs.
    Wonder if England's stand-in skipper is looking forward to Cook returning to the job on Wednesday. That Root dismissal, while spectacular with the stump coming up out of the ground, was all about him playing back to a ball he should have been forward to.
    5/25/2014 2:17:06 PM
  • WICKET! Ballance lbw Kulasekara 5 [wicket]
    Ballance now gone as well! Kulasekara has trapped him lbw with one that nipped back to hit the front pad.
    Umpire Erasmus had a think about it before eventually raising his finger. Looked out the moment it struck the batsman.
    5/25/2014 2:18:54 PM
  • [mikeatherton] Ravi Bopara said he wanted to get in earlier. Well Ravi, you've got your wish...

    5/25/2014 2:19:49 PM
  • Over 7 - England 29/4 (Morgan 2, Bopara 0)
    Well, so much for 250 looking about par.
    It looks like a Kilimanjaro-sized mountain right now for England to try and climb. Bopara in during a powerplay, something he's used to these days batting at number six. Probably not, though, when that powerplay is inside the first 10 overs. WASP suggests England have a three percent - THREE PERCENT - chance of winning this match now.
    5/25/2014 2:24:22 PM
  • Over 8 - England 29/4 (Morgan 2, Bopara 0)
    Maiden from Malinga, Morgan extremely watchful.
    Don't forget, England were 17 without loss after 12 balls of their run chase. Cameras catch Peter Moores making notes - or writing his resignation (JOKE - no one writes a resignation letter, do they? We all type them these days...)
    5/25/2014 2:27:17 PM
  • A batting masterclass with Kumar Sangakkara

    5/25/2014 2:29:36 PM
  • Over 9 - England 29/4 (Morgan 2, Bopara 0)
    Sangakkara up to the stumps now for Kulasekara - good to see, stops the batsmen creeping down the wicket to a swing bowler who can't push someone back with pace.
    This is EXACTLY what Buttler should do when Bopara has the ball in his hand. Second successive maiden as Sri Lanka tighten the screw - England now need another 228 at a required rate of 5.56. Last four overs have seen three runs added for the loss of two wickets.
    5/25/2014 2:30:50 PM
  • Over 10 - England 31/4 (Morgan 3, Bopara 0)
    Change in the attack - Dhammika Prasad couldn't ask for a better time to come on.
    Bet Perera and Lakmal wish they had been fit enough to play today! Prasad has some decent wheels about him - at least he helps England finally get off 29 with a leg-side wide. Morgan also picks up a single with a calculated cut shot down to third man. And so ends a rather eventful opening powerplay, one that started with some easy runs and ended with England in a real fight to remain alive.
    5/25/2014 2:36:00 PM
  • [michaelholding] Kulasekara is bowing so well that his captain feels he deserves an even more attacking field!

    5/25/2014 2:36:58 PM
  • Over 11 - England 37/4 (Morgan 6, Bopara 3)
    No shock to see Kulasekara carry on.
    Bopara finally gets off the mark with a nicely-timed drive that Dilshan just catches up with before it reaches the rope, meaning it's three runs for England. Morgan pinches an extra run off the last ball, sneaking a second to third man - the crowd were so impressed they offered a polite round of applause, helping lift them out of a stunned state following that disastrous start by the hosts.
    5/25/2014 2:40:56 PM
  • Malinga celebrates bowling Root for a duck

    5/25/2014 2:42:21 PM
  • Over 12 - England 41/4 (Morgan 6, Bopara 7)
    A rare England boundary arrives courtesy of a crunching cut shot by Bopara, the Essex batsman gleefully accepting the gift from Prasad.
    That lifted the WASP back into life - chances of a home victory all the way up to four percent now.
    5/25/2014 2:44:47 PM
  • Prescient analysis from @RusselArnold69 on the Root dismissal, describing Malinga's tendency to concede single on purpose to target new man.
  • Over 13 - England 42/4 (Morgan 7, Bopara 7)
    Change of pace now for Sri Lanka - Senanayake replaces the superb Kulasekara.
    Perfect time to bowl spin - ever-increasing run-rate and a team four wickets down cheaply. Morgan manages a single down the ground off the final ball, but that's all for England.
    5/25/2014 2:48:52 PM
  • Over 14 - England 46/4 (Morgan 11, Bopara 7)
    Morgan smacks a short ball from Prasad away for four to bring about some ironic cheers from a crowd that have been starved of any real fireworks all day.
    While Dilshan played well earlier for his 88 runs, it wasn't his usual kind of swashbuckling knock with boundaries aplenty. Despite such a shocking start, England still don't need more than a run-a-ball rate from here on.
    5/25/2014 2:52:57 PM
  • Our statto @RVISkyStatto is concerned about some bad weather heading our way. Any local weather reports most welcome! #EngvSL
  • WICKET! Bopara b Senanayake 7 [wicket]
    Boplievers, stop Boplieving for today.
    Ravi has been bowled through the gate by Senanayake. England have lost have their side and have just 46 runs on the board
    5/25/2014 2:55:39 PM
  • [mikeatherton] Not a good shot there from Bopara. He wafted at it and created an almighty hole for the ball to come back through off the seam.

    5/25/2014 2:58:35 PM
  • Over 15 - England 46/5 (Morgan 12, Buttler 0)
    Don't panic, DON'T PANIC! Those were the words of David Gower.
    ..just before Bopara was bowled by a ball that seemed to defeat him for a lack of pace. He played way outside of the line, unless he believed it was due to turn the other way instead. Buttler now in at seven and although there is still batting to come, England need this current pair at the crease to do the bulk of the work in this run chase.
    5/25/2014 2:59:04 PM
  • Over 16 - England 53/5 (Morgan 12, Buttler 4)
    Buttler gets off the mark in impressive fashion, driving on the up as Prasad continues to offer up a boundary ball in each over.
    "He bowls with a lot of effort," says Michael Atherton. All wasted, though, when he bangs it in too short and gets called for a wide. England will take any help they can get right now, needing another 204 runs for victory.
    5/25/2014 3:02:55 PM
  • We expect rain at some stage.... Par score at 20overs is 147 with 5 down.We should get a lot more than that though... At 30 Overs it's 159/5
  • @LexusJim : @BumbleCricket Malinga is just "chucking" the ball and not bowling it, who agrees with me?” Not me , dead straight arm
  • Over 17 - England 55/5 (Morgan 14, Buttler 4)
    Again Morgan denies Senanayake a maiden, this time flicking two off the final delivery.
    Time for a change at the other end, Mathews coming on to replace the bustling Prasad.
    5/25/2014 3:06:51 PM
  • WICKET! Buttler c Senanayake b Mathews 4 [wicket]
    What a start for Mathews! First ball of his spell and he removes Buttler, who pays the price for trying to work a straight delivery to leg.
    All he ends up doing is getting a leading edge in the air, with Senanayake making good ground going to his right at extra cover to catch.
    5/25/2014 3:08:23 PM
  • [mikeatherton] Buttler was looking to work it to the on-side where there is a huge gap but the leading edge was brilliantly taken by Senanayake. WASP is now dead!

    5/25/2014 3:11:04 PM
  • Over 18 - England 62/6 (Morgan 18, Jordan 1)
    Having done his best to nick the first ball he had to face, Jordan gets off the mark from his second legal delivery with a very badly-timed pull shot that loops into the leg side for one.
    Morgan doesn't time his attempt that much better, but does see it roll out to the rope at mid-wicket. That boundary briefly raised WASP up to one percent - a dot ball that followed dropped that down to zero again.
    5/25/2014 3:13:00 PM
  • WICKET! Jordan lbw Senanayake 1 [wicket]
    Jordan has no idea about which way Senanayake is turning the ball.
    He goes back to one that spins in sharply, trapping him leg before. A review can't save him, meaning he's on his way for one and England are seven down. The WASP is most definitely dead on the carpet now.
    5/25/2014 3:15:35 PM
  • Over 19 - England 63/7 (Morgan 14, Tredwell 0)
    Sri Lanka ask for another lbw decision, this time against new man Tredwell.
    No chance of it being given, but if you don't ask you won't get. They're now going to stick Dilshan on - Morgan might as well at least try and get this score up to somewhere near three figures before Senanayake works his way through the lower order.
    5/25/2014 3:17:44 PM
  • [stats] England's lowest ODI total of all-time is 86 all out against Australia at Old Trafford in 2001
    5/25/2014 3:19:33 PM
  • Over 20 - England 69/7 (Morgan 25, Tredwell 1)
    Morgan belts away a gift from Dilshan, smacking it through mid-wicket to get a boundary.
    At this stage of their innings, Sri Lanka were 76-1. In theirs, England are sinking without a trace.
    5/25/2014 3:20:27 PM
  • Over 21 - England 71/7 (Morgan 25, Tredwell 3)
    Senanayake bowling with two slips and another catcher behind square on the leg side.
    Tredwell manages to get an under-edged cut shot away between the two men on the off side, allowing him to pick up a couple of runs. England's main aim here is to avoid an all-time low. In case you do believe in miracles, though, then they require another 186 for victory at 6.41 an over.
    5/25/2014 3:23:09 PM
  • Difficult to spell, pronounce and play, Senanayake has spun England into big trouble

    5/25/2014 3:23:26 PM
  • Over 22 - England 73/7 (Morgan 26, Tredwell 4)
    Turns out Dilshan did enough in one over to get himself taken off.
    Mathews replaces him. He gives away two singles as Morgan shows some intent to attack, albeit only twice hitting fielders with shots.
    5/25/2014 3:26:30 PM
  • WICKET! Tredwell c Kulasekara b Senanayake 4 [wicket]
    There's a man out at long-off, so Tredwell duly goes and lofts a drive straight out to him. Just about sums up England's innings that,  clueless. All about beating that all-time low of 86 now...
    5/25/2014 3:28:12 PM
  • Over 23 - England 76/8 (Morgan 27, Anderson 2
    "Okay, Jimmy," says Morgan.
    "Here's the deal. We need a billion to win and about a dozen to avoid entering the record books." Anderson at least gets two runs with a nice sweep to leave England 10 short of their lowest ODI score ever. Their poorest effort against Sri Lanka was 88, made in Dambulla. Sri Lanka now turning back to Prasad to add some pace. Only Gurney left...can England avoid the record?
    5/25/2014 3:31:48 PM
  • [davidlloyd] This has been a brainless performance from England, lacking in thought and busyness 

    5/25/2014 3:33:22 PM
  • Over 24 - England 84/8 (Morgan 34, Anderson 3)
    Prasad's return to the attack roughs up Anderson, who uses a reactionary wave of the bat to get a fortunate single down to fine leg, but Morgan enjoys the extra pace.
    The left-hander thumps a six over wide long-off to loud cheers from the home faithful. That all-time low is now just two runs away. This innings has so far featured seven fours, one of which arrived off the second ball of the opening over, and that maximum.
    5/25/2014 3:36:28 PM
  • Over 25 - England 88/8 (Morgan 34, Anderson 7)
    THEY'VE DONE IT! Anderson sees England past 86 in style, getting the reverse sweep out of the locker to knock Senanayake away for a boundary.
    Alastair Cook looks miserable on the balcony - not a bad day to let someone else answer the difficult questions at the post-match presser. England went from 19 without loss to 73-8.
    5/25/2014 3:38:30 PM
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