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Sri Lanka v England - First ODI

Interactive commentary of the opening one-day international, at Colombo

  • No-one is under the impression that England don’t need plenty of ODI practice. After five defeats in their last six ODI series, the pressure is on Alastair Cook’s men to play a more dynamic brand of cricket. Throw into the mix the absence of James Anderson and Stuart Broad – plus the injury concerns of Steven Finn – and this will be no Colombo cakewalk, even if Sri Lanka are without the talismanic Lasith Malinga. So how do you see it going? Tweet us your view @SkyCricket.
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  • In the absence of the injured James Anderson and Stuart Broad, left-armer Harry Gurney could be key for England's bowling attack.  
    11/26/2014 9:55:56 AM
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    11/26/2014 9:56:21 AM
  • It will be Chris Woakes to bowl the first ball of this Hero Cup - and the lights are on...
    11/26/2014 10:03:12 AM
  • Over 1 – SL 7-0 (Dilshan 5, Perera 2)
    An encouraging, if expensive start from Woakes who finds a bit of bounce with his first delivery to Dilshan, who gets the scoreboard ticking with a rather fortunate inside edge down to fine leg from one that jagged back at him. Dilshan adds a leg-side single to give the strike to Perera, who picks up a couple through the leg-side.
    11/26/2014 10:07:58 AM
  • Beefy is lamenting the absence of one Sri Lankan superstar and hopes he returns to action soon.
    [ianbotham] It will be a massive blow if Lasith Malinga is not fit for the World Cup. Not just for Sri Lanka but also the public as he is so exciting.
    11/26/2014 10:09:27 AM
  • Over 2 – SL 13-0 (Dilshan 10, Perera 2)
    Dilshan corrects the sightscreen and then climbs into a flowing drive to collect four off Gurney’s second delivery – the ball dashing across the outfield despite not finding the middle. The left-armer, the bright red back of his boots standing out in the gloom, responds by finding the edge but the ball drops short of Tredwell at second slip.
    11/26/2014 10:12:38 AM
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  • Over 3 – SL 18-0 (Dilshan 14, Perera 3)
    CRASH! Dilshan requires treatment on his neck after colliding unintentionally with Woakes – both players were watching the ball after the opener whipped some help yourself stuff through midwicket for four. Nothing untoward there after the simmering series we had this summer. Woakes finds a more consistent length to finish the over and Dilshan is happy to see it out, perhaps not entirely pain-free.
    11/26/2014 10:19:16 AM
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    11/26/2014 10:20:19 AM
  • I’m sure this England side will rotate across the seven matches. I wonder if Gurney is just standing in for Finn?”
    11/26/2014 10:21:10 AM
  • Over 4 – SL 19-0 (Dilshan 14, Perera 4)
    Gurney follows suit and settles into a much more consistent line, finding a touch of bounce without troubling Perera for pace. After four dot balls, the opener – who scored nought, four and nought in his three outings against India - tucks a single behind leg. Gurney concludes England’s most economical over to date with another dot to Dilshan.
    11/26/2014 10:22:58 AM
  • Over 5 – SL 26-0 (Dilshan 20, Perera 5)
    Woakes throws his hands up in frustration as Dilshan launches his hands at the ball, aiming an expansive drive over the top, the ball going straight through the opener but bypassing the stumps. The seamer drags the next ball down and Dilshan doesn’t miss out, pulling well in front of square. Woakes and Dilshan almost collide again but more pain is narrowly avoided as the openers scurry a leg-side two.
    11/26/2014 10:26:49 AM
  • Bumble's visibility is a bit dodgy but his knowledge of pop music isn't...
    [davidlloyd] I can’t see a thing here. It’s so foggy through this steamy window. Who sang Steamy Windows? It was Tina Turner."
    11/26/2014 10:30:05 AM
  • Over 6 – SL 34-0 (Dilshan 24, Perera 8)
    Perera, like a surfer riding a wave, gets up and over a short delivery to earn a couple and then beats Bopara’s shy at the non-striker’s end to add a single.  Gurney remains guilty of bowling too short and Dilshan dishes out more treatment, a swivel pull yielding four more. The sloppiness continues with a wide and suddenly Sri Lanka’s start is beginning to look quite imposing.  The average score for the team batting first at Colombo is 230, by the way.
    11/26/2014 10:31:17 AM
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  • Over 7 – SL 37-0 (Dilshan 25, Perera 10)
    Perera happy to tick over with singles while his partner goes on the offensive – although Dilshan is certainly getting full value for his inside edge, picking up a leg-side single this time. A confident start, this is, by Sri Lanka and no mistake.
    11/26/2014 10:36:10 AM
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  • Over 8 – SL 46-0 (Dilshan 25, Perera 19)
    First spot of work for the third umpire but Stokes has clearly stopped Perera’s flick from reaching the boundary. There’s a brief delay while the sightscreen is cleared of the sponsor’s logo  - and then the runs flow again as Perera mercilessly picks up a full Gurney delivery arrowed down leg. Perera picks up a single off the final ball to keep the strike and the full tally for the over is 0-2-2-4-0-1. Tredwell into the attack...

    11/26/2014 10:40:28 AM
  • Over 9 – SL 49-0 (Dilshan 25, Perera 22)
    Tredwell drops straight on a length then beats Perera with a cracker that turns and beats the edge – Buttler rather making a hash of the take. The moment is rather spoilt by a rank short ball that Perera smashes with all his might, only the damp outfield preventing another four being added to the total. A pushed single to mid-off takes Sri Lanka to within one of their 50… and Perera is almost level with Dilshan. Root has just run off the field for treatment on his arm.
    11/26/2014 10:43:52 AM
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  • Over 10 – SL 57-0 (Dilshan 25, Perera 30)
    [six] It’s a double-change from Cook with Stokes coming on at the other end. Jordan, on as sub fielder, fumbles out at deep-midwicket and Sri Lanka’s 50-run stand comes up off 9.2 overs. Stokes, at the request of the umpires, removes some white bandaging from his left arm – presumably because it was distracting the batsmen; that’s what you get for using a white ball, I guess. It matters little as Stokes drops short and Perera pulls him over the rope for the first six of the series.

    11/26/2014 10:47:55 AM
  • Over 11 – SL 61-0 (Dilshan 27, Perera 32)
    Dilshan paddle-scoops Tredwell’s second ball for one and picks up another single to mid-on once Perera has added a single to his tally. Decent over that, with just four coming off it as Perera strokes one more run.

    11/26/2014 10:51:33 AM
  • [nickknight] This has been a very rusty performance from England's seamers so far."
    11/26/2014 10:52:59 AM
  • Over 12 – SL 73-0 (Dilshan 27, Perera 44)
    A terrible start to the over from Stokes, who deservedly disappears for four over midwicket before Perera helps himself to another boundary, courtesy of a full, leg-side delivery. The carnage continues even when Stokes finds a length – Perera pumping the all-rounder over mid-on to make it three fours in a row, much to the delight of the raucous home crowd. A modicum of order is restored with three dots – Perera trying to hit the cover off the ball – but that’s 12 off the over.
    11/26/2014 10:55:10 AM
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  • Over 13 – SL 74-0 (Dilshan 27, Perera 45)
    Cook – struggling to set a field to such varied lines and lengths – removes the close catchers for Tredwell, who does a rather better of job of stemming the run-flow than Stokes. Dilshan advances down the pitch to collect a single to mid-on and Perera resists the urge to try and reach his 50 with a six, dutifully keeping the final ball out. Spin from both ends now as Moeen Ali comes on.
    11/26/2014 10:58:07 AM
  • Over 14 – SL 79-0 (Dilshan 31, Perera 45)
    Sri Lanka working the ball around nicely here – something England’s batsmen might learn from in the middle, or indeed, early overs. Dilshan scampers a single off Moeen Ali’s first ball before Perera cutting through the off-side. A neat tuck down to fine leg brings Dilshan two more but the extra ball, courtesy of Ali’s wide, doesn’t yield any further runs.

    11/26/2014 11:01:33 AM
  • Over 15 – SL 81-0 (Dilshan 32, Perera 46)
    Stokes, stationed at deep cover, keeps Perera down to a single – the opener rather becalmed again after his boundary flurry. Tredwell and Buttler go up with a half-appeal as the spinner sneaks one past the outside-edge, the ball straightening off the pitch and Buttler takes the bails off for good measure but the opener is safe on both counts.
    11/26/2014 11:04:00 AM
  • DILSHAN seems back on steady feet after his collision with Woakes...
    11/26/2014 11:05:12 AM
  • Over 16 - SL 86-0 (Dilshan 37, Perera 46)

    Dilshan scrambles a couple of runs from ball two after failing to score from the first. The Dilscoop is rolled out next up, though – about time! – as Sri Lanka continue to push on towards three figures. No more pyrotechnics – and another twirler, Joe Root, enters the attack.

    11/26/2014 11:08:31 AM
  • Over 17 - SL 91-0 (Dilshan 40, Perera 48)
    Root ships five runs from his first over and Sri Lanka take a well-earned drinks break. They have come out of the traps well here after rain delayed the start of play. You wouldn’t think they were smashed 5-0 by India recently on this evidence.

    11/26/2014 11:12:15 AM
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    11/26/2014 11:12:48 AM
  • [davidlloyd] England have just had a cuddle – Sri Lanka are going absolutely fine and to be fair this pitch has done absolutely nothing. The outfield is slow, the lights are on. Six an over from now on in gets 289. You’d think that Sri Lanka would be looking for more than that from this excellent start they’ve got.

    11/26/2014 11:12:57 AM
  • Over 18 - SL 95-0 (Dilshan 42, Perera 50)
    A swipe from Dilshan off the opening ball of Moeen's over lands safe but was never really in danger of being pouched by a close fielder anyway. The single brings Perera onto strike, a man with very slick footwork, and a delicate chop into the covers sees the opener reach his half century. Well done that man.

    11/26/2014 11:16:41 AM
  • Lucky 13 for Perera...

    11/26/2014 11:18:21 AM
  • Over 19 - SL 101-0 (Dilshan 43, Perera 55)
    Sri Lanka reach three figures in Root’s second over, with Perera cracking a boundary en route. Bumble reckons this total has 300+ written all over it and with the likes of Jayawardene and Sangakkara to come, he may be right.

    11/26/2014 11:19:43 AM
  • Over 20 - SL 106-0 (Dilshan 48, Perera 55)
    Moeen appeals for an lbw against Dilshan but the ball was missing the stumps and the umpire keeps his finger down. Another four from Dilshan pushes the score on but Perera is outshining his more illustrious partner at this point, scoring well all around the wicket.

    11/26/2014 11:22:30 AM
  • Perera's wagonwheel - England have strayed onto the pads too often...

    11/26/2014 11:22:47 AM
  • Over 21 - SL 111-0 (Dilshan 50, Perera 58)
    Ravi Bopara is the next man to be utilised by Cook. Can the Essex man’s medium pace provide a breakthrough? Only two runs are amassed from Bopara’s first three deliveries, while another scrambled single off ball four, takes Dilshan to fifty. Tredwell gets his fingertips to the next but cannot catch Perera – it was a hard chance, mind you – and the over ends with a dot ball.

    11/26/2014 11:27:23 AM
  • Dilshan joins his partner Perera in passing fifty...

    11/26/2014 11:28:00 AM
  • Over 22 - SL 119-0 (Dilshan 56, Perera 58)
    Perhaps Bopara is thinking about his bowling duties too much as he fumbles a Dilshan shot down the ground and watches it trickle over the boundary ropes. A relatively quiet over other than that.

    11/26/2014 11:31:49 AM
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    11/26/2014 11:32:31 AM
  • WICKET – Perera run out 59. SL 120-1
    [wicket] Perera and Dilshan are not on the same wavelength – for the first time this innings. A mix-up whilst running results in Bopara tossing the ball into Buttler’s mitts and Perera being run out.

    11/26/2014 11:34:38 AM
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