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England v Sri Lanka, T20

The Oval

  • England expects… one huge upturn in form this international summer following the winter Ashes debacle and it starts in earnest here at the Oval this evening, where ICC World Twenty20 winners Sri Lanka - led by Lasith Malinga - come to challenge England’s new era under head coach Peter Moores.
    5/20/2014 3:12:23 PM
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    5/20/2014 3:14:16 PM
  • This may be the champions’ first T20 without Kumar Sangakarra and Mahela Jayawardene but they still have plenty of what Nasser would call ‘gun players’ to reckon with, as their six-wicket victory over India back in April highlighted. Here’s how they did it…
    5/20/2014 3:22:54 PM
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  • But Sri Lanka – now under the guidance of Marvan Atapattu - will need no reminding of the threat posed by England who, in Moores’ second game in charge after the victory over Scotland will be aiming to recreate their six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the group stages in Bangladesh thanks, in no small measure, to 116 from Alex Hales. And England now have former Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace in their ranks.
    5/20/2014 3:26:30 PM
  • Over to Eoin Morgan, standing in as England skipper for the injured Stuart Broad…

    There is huge confidence to be taken from the game that we played in the group stages of the World Cup – they are a notable T20 team, they have great variations. We’ve seen and played against the majority of their side. It was a great effort to turn them over.

    5/20/2014 3:30:13 PM
  • England beat Sri Lanka by six wickets...
    5/20/2014 3:32:25 PM
    It was an amazing feeling scoring those runs on a world stage but this game coming up is a whole new challenge in front of a home crowed here at the Oval. Hopefully we can repeat here what we did at the World Cup.

    5/20/2014 3:35:18 PM
  • [nickknight]

    For me it’s not so much about the result as the entertainment factor. Peter Moores talked about connecting with the spectators and this is his big opportunity. We expect a full crowd here and we’ve got some good young players with an opportunity to stamp their authority on the summer. So England have got a chance.

    5/20/2014 3:39:52 PM
  • Time for a brew with Bumble...

    5/20/2014 3:53:35 PM
  • Decent support for Sri Lanka starting to build up!

    5/20/2014 4:06:19 PM
  • It is starting to look distinctly gloomy here as the well-wrapped Sri Lankans warm up under the glowing floodlights... But it is dry. So far.
    5/20/2014 4:07:46 PM
  • Eoin Morgan and Peter Moores, who looks particularly chopper today, have a lengthy chat in the middle as the ground staff start to wheel out the main covers...
    5/20/2014 4:10:23 PM
  • Peter Moores will join us as part of our build-up to #EngvSL from 5.30pm on SS2
  • Nick Knight, who will be conducting the toss, reckons the cloud cover makes it a bowl first pitch...
    5/20/2014 4:27:10 PM
  • Ominous clouds...

    5/20/2014 4:28:13 PM
  • Start me up... Sri Lanka style!

    5/20/2014 4:31:29 PM
  • England win the toss and will bowl first
    5/20/2014 4:38:31 PM
  • Team news: England have handed T20 debuts to Michael Carberry and Harry Gurney, which means Tim Bresnan and Moeen Ali miss out on the starting XI. Sri Lanka's Kithuruwan Vithanage - an aggressive left-handed batsman - is also making his T20 debut today, while seamer Suranga Lakmal is preferred to spinner Ajantha Mendis.
    5/20/2014 4:42:17 PM
  • England: Hales, Carberry, Bell, Root, Morgan (capt), Buttler (wk), Bopara, Woakes, Jordan, Tredwell, Gurney
    5/20/2014 4:43:44 PM
  • Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Dilshan, Thirimanne, Chandimal (wk), Mathews, Vithanage, Thisara Perera, Kulasekara, Senanayake, Lakmal, Malinga (capt)
    5/20/2014 4:43:56 PM
  • Peter Moores tells Nick, @Wardyskycricket & Nasser his plans for winning cricket this summer! #engvsl

  • 5/20/2014 4:55:29 PM
  • The teams are coming... and @BumbleCricket & Russel Arnold are all ready to go! #engvsl

  • England are going to open the bowling with spin in the shape of Joe Root.
    5/20/2014 4:59:21 PM
  • Over 1: Sri Lanka 9/0 (Dilshan 5, Kusal Perera 4)
    Dilshan hammers the first ball of the game for four to square-leg, far too short from Root. The bowler almost has his revenge next ball as a top-edged sweep falls safely over the wicketkeeper's head. Kusal Perera also gets an early boundary, in his case swept hard through the leg-side.

    5/20/2014 5:03:09 PM
  • Chris Woakes to open the bowling from the other end.

    5/20/2014 5:04:14 PM
  • [6]Over 2: Sri Lanka 20/0 (Dilshan 10, Kusal Perera 10)
    Dilshan tries and fails with his patented 'Dilscoop' (getting down on one knee and lifting the ball over your own head). The next on is short and wide from Woakes and this time Dilshan carves it away for four. The left-handed Kusal Perera takes a big swing later in the over, gets an outside edge and it goes all the way for six! There was no third-man in place for the catch anyway.
    5/20/2014 5:08:38 PM
  • If you missed our pre-show opener, watch it again here...
    5/20/2014 5:09:30 PM
  • Just one over for Root. Gurney is on for his first bowl in T20 international cricket.

    5/20/2014 5:09:47 PM
  • [wicket]Dilshan b Gurney 14

    Dilshan is bowled aiming a big drive. Left-armer Gurney angled the ball across and it hit off-stump. No foot movement from the batsman.
    5/20/2014 5:10:26 PM
  • Over 3: Sri Lanka 24/1 (Kusal Perera 10, Vithanage 0)
    Dilshan had flicked Gurney's opening ball to the boundary but the bowler soon had his revenge. Vithanage is the new batsman and he ends the over by swinging at fresh air.

    5/20/2014 5:13:23 PM
  • England going with four different bowlers in the first four overs, Chris Jordan into the attack now.
    5/20/2014 5:14:34 PM
  • Kusal Perera c Bopara b Jordan 10[wicket]

    Kusal Perera pulls straight to Bopara at square-leg. Good catch as that was travelling.
    5/20/2014 5:15:21 PM
  • Over 4: Sri Lanka 29/2 (Vithange 4, Thirimanne 1)
    Sharp first over from Jordan, up at 87mph on the speed gun. New batsman Thirimanne - another left-hander - is off the mark with a single. Vithanage clears mid-on for his opening boundary from the final ball.
    5/20/2014 5:18:21 PM
  • Over 5: Sri Lanka 31/2 (Vithanage 5, Thirimanne 2)
    Gurney's bowled nine dots in his first two overs, he's mixing up his pace well.

    5/20/2014 5:21:40 PM
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  • Over 6: Sri Lanka 43/2 (Vithanage 10, Thirimanne 9)
    Vithanage carves a four in the air down to the vacant third-man boundary to start Jordan's over. Thirimanne also collects four, using Jordan's extra pace to ease it off his pads to square-leg.
    5/20/2014 5:25:47 PM
  • The end of the powerplay means it's time for spin again. James Tredwell comes into the attack.
    5/20/2014 5:27:33 PM
  • Over 7: Sri Lanka 53/2 (Vithanage 18, Thirimanne 11)
    Vithanage reverse sweeps Tredwell's second ball off his stumps for four. Had to make solid contact and did. Sri Lanka to content to knock it around for ones and twos for the rest of the over.
    5/20/2014 5:29:57 PM
  • Bopara into the attack.
    5/20/2014 5:30:12 PM
  • Dilshan looks back to see his wicket castled...

    5/20/2014 5:30:52 PM
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    5/20/2014 5:33:44 PM
  • Over 8: Sri Lanka 68/2 (Vithanage 31, Thirimanne 12)
    With third-man inside the circle, Vithanage is able to cut three fours in a row. Bopara, who is operating from round-the-wicket to the left-handers, offering far too much width. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler fumbles the take when he might have had a stumping chance later in the over, Vithanage over-balancing. Tough one.
    5/20/2014 5:34:09 PM
  • Here's WASP explained - par score at the start of the innings was 170. WASP has SL, who are 76-2 after 9 overs, 177.

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