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Sri Lanka v England - First ODI

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

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    11/26/2014 11:36:35 AM
  • Over 23 – 122/1 (Dilshan 57, Sangakkara 1)
    Perera’s dismissal brings Sangakkara to the crease and the 37-year-old doesn’t take long to get off the mark. Sri Lanka don’t appear to be at too much of a disadvantage with Kumar in the middle, but can England knock him over before he gets his eye in?

    11/26/2014 11:38:08 AM
  • WICKET 128/2 (Sangakkara lbw b Moeen 2)
    [wicket]They can remove Kumar before he gets his eye in! Sangakkara appeals his dismissal but to no avail. England are eking their way back into this as we approach the halfway mark.


    11/26/2014 11:41:02 AM
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    11/26/2014 11:42:24 AM
  • [ianbotham] This is a very good decision – my initial thought was it might have pitched outside of leg – but the umpire was absolutely spot on.”


    11/26/2014 11:42:38 AM
  • Over 24 – 129/2 (Dilshan 62, Jayawardene 1)
    Sangakkara’s exit came about after Dilshan almost clattered the ball into the umpire. The official takes evasive action, though, and the ball goes for four. One legend back in the hutch for Sri Lanka, then, but another arrives in the shape of Mahela Jayawardene.

    11/26/2014 11:45:20 AM
  • Over 25 – 134/2 (Dilshan 62, Jayawardene 2)
    Harry Gurney is into the attack and bowls a wide with his second ball - and his third – before a solid delivery is patted back towards him by Dilshan and ball four is not scored from either. The left-armer really finds his line next, though, whistling a seamer past Dilshan’s outside edge before the third wide of the over and a dot to finish.

    11/26/2014 11:50:42 AM
  • Kumar comes and goes - Cook and Buttler appealing successfully for lbw

    11/26/2014 11:53:59 AM
  • Over 26 – 140/2 (Dilshan 67, Jayawardene 3)
    Dilshan smashes Moeen for four but the England man responds with three dots – though Dilshan will think he should have given the third ball of the over the treatment. Two singles round out the over.

    11/26/2014 11:54:18 AM
  • Over 27 – 146/2 (Dilshan 6, Jayawardene 7)
    Dilshan and Jayawardene are more than content to nudge singles off the seam of Gurney from the first two balls of the over, but the bowler is looking capable of finding an edge. Mahela, though, finds the full face of the bat to pick up three and then some excellent running brings one more to the total.

    11/26/2014 11:57:29 AM
  • Over 28 – 152/2 (Dilshan 74, Jayawardene 8)
    Tidy from Tredwell who encourages Jayawardene take a swipe – which is just out of the clutches of the diving fielder. Fingertips but no more for Morgan. Another four from Dilshan sees Sri Lankas pass 150.

    11/26/2014 12:01:26 PM
  • Over 29 – 156/2 (Dilshan 74, Jayawardene 12)
    Bopara temporarily slows down Sri Lanka with just three runs recorded in the 29th. Dilshan and Jayawardene have a combined age of 75. Perhaps that’s why they don’t fancy running!  A glorious wristy shot from Mahela. which yields a single, completes the over.

    11/26/2014 12:05:31 PM
  • Over 30 – 162/2 (Dilshan 76, Jayawardene 16)
    Just two scoreless delivery in Tredwell’s sixth over. Sri Lanka knocking the ball around nicely for ones and twos.

    11/26/2014 12:08:29 PM
  • Over 31 – 165/2 (Dilshan 77, Jayawardene 18)
    Bopara is offering very little wayward stuff to the batsmen and when he does slip one wide of Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan veteran fails to connect. He had the boundary on his mind but misses the ball and Buttler takes calmly.

    11/26/2014 12:11:25 PM
  • Over 32 – 170/2 (Dilshan 79, Jayawardene 21)
    You can tell we are in the middle overs. Sri Lanka, after a good start and with wickets in hand, are happy to milk Tredwell, now into his seventh over, for singles. Dilshan and Jayawardene’s partnership has crept into the forties.

    11/26/2014 12:14:18 PM
  • Eight an over from here takes Sri Lanka to a projected score of 314

    11/26/2014 12:14:28 PM
  • Over 33 – 179/2 (Dilshan 80, Jayawardene 27)
    Stokes is back – and off line. The Durham paceman begins with two leg-side wides and after a dot from the first legal delivery of the over, Sri Lanka accrue a single, Dilshan clipping into the deep. A four follows from Jayawardene as the 50-partnership comes up. Sri Lanka are making progress but Stokes is struggling to threaten.

    11/26/2014 12:18:43 PM
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    11/26/2014 12:19:27 PM
  • Over 34 – 183/2 (Dilshan 82, Jayawardene 29)
    Chris Woakes enters the attack as the batting powerplay is taken. Fireworks aren’t forthcoming, with two scurried singles for Sri Lanka followed by a bouncer from the bowler that Jayawardene can’t get his bat on. Two singles polish off the over.


    11/26/2014 12:25:05 PM
  • Over 35 – 186/2 (Dilshan 83, Jayawardene 31)
    Gurney, bowling from around the wicket, is altering his pace well, with Jayawardene unable to make hay from some slower deliveries. Two runs from the first five balls and a full toss is only smote for one off ball six.

    11/26/2014 12:32:14 PM
  • Over 36 – SL 192-2(Dilshan 86, Jayawardene 32)
    Woakes continues to keep it tight, limiting the batsmen to a single apiece before Jayawardene picks out point with a crunching cut, before losing all control and firing one down the leg-side. The seamer thinks he’s got his man as Jayawardene pulls but the ball drops short of Bopara down at wide fine leg.

    11/26/2014 12:36:35 PM
  • Over 37 – SL 204-2 (Dilshan 88, Jayawardene 41)
    Gurney mixes his pace up well after firing one well over Jayawardene’s head – he can have no complaints at being called for it even though Buttler grimaces at the decision. A quicker delivery disappears even quicker to the rope as Jayawardene swivel pulls for a one-bounce four that brings up the 200. It’s the first boundary for 25 balls and 23 minutes. You know what they say – one brings two, Jayawardene lofting Gurney’s back-of-the-hand delivery high over long on; so high that it leaves a divot before rolling to the rope.
    11/26/2014 12:41:11 PM
  • [wicket] Dilshan c & b Woakes 88. SL 204-3
    The opener can’t believe his luck as Woakes plucks a return catch out of the air one-handed after his slower ball gets stuck in the pitch, inducing the error.
    11/26/2014 12:43:20 PM
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    11/26/2014 12:46:15 PM
  • Over 38 – SL 210-3 (Jayawardene 45, Mathews 1)
    The perfect start to the over for Woakes, who deceived Dilshan by taking the pace off the ball. There was a brief pause while the umpires checked the front foot but the bowler was absolutely bang on. Mathews is greeted to the crease by a looping wide before Woakes sends down a full bunger to Jayawardene, who snicks for four. All sorts in that over.
    11/26/2014 12:48:00 PM
  • Over 39 – SL 212-3 (Jayawardene 46, Mathews 2)
    Mathews allows himself the luxury of a few sighters to judge the turn as Tredwell returns before tucking a single around the corner, ending the over with a curious leg-side chop that could easily have sent the ball cannoning into his stumps. Moeen Ali returns at the other end.
    11/26/2014 12:50:52 PM
  • Sri Lanka will no doubt be looking for a score in excess of 300

    11/26/2014 12:51:54 PM
  • Over 40 – SL 223-3 (Jayawardene 48, Mathews 11)
    [six] You sensed there was an onslaught around the corner and Mathews delivers, pumping Moeen Ali’s fourth ball over midwicket for six and then powering the next straight down the ground - Woakes limiting the batsman to two. Eleven off the over – and the Manhattans might now be going high-rise.
    11/26/2014 12:54:21 PM
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    11/26/2014 12:56:21 PM
  • Over 41 – SL 231-3 (Jayawardene 53, Mathews 14)
    [fifty] The ground erupts as Jayawardene slog sweeps for four to post his 75th fifty in 429 ODIs. He also has 17 hundreds to his name in this format and would you bet against him adding another in this game? Tredwell goes wide of the crease with his last delivery, fires it in and this time even the masterful veteran can’t get it away.
    11/26/2014 12:57:14 PM
  • Nick Knight on Mahela Jayawardene's 50
    [nickknight] It has been a batting master class from Jayawardene. At no stage has he looked rushed."
    11/26/2014 12:58:11 PM
  • Over 42 – SL 238-3 (Jayawardene 54, Mathews 19)
    Stokes starts with a wide – which brings the innings tally up to 14 so far – and even from a distance you can hear Beefy rumbling in dissatisfaction. Mathews majestically steps forward to meet a wide delivery with a forceful blow over cover, four more resulting. That’s 21 fours and two sixes in the innings – Mathews’ attempt to smear another boundary off the final ball thwarted as he picks out Tredwell at cover.
    11/26/2014 1:02:55 PM
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    11/26/2014 1:03:44 PM

  • These fans have brought the right signs. Mathews is going maximum crazy, until... 


    11/26/2014 1:06:47 PM
  • [wicket] Mathews c Stokes b Tredwell 33. SL - 253-4
    Stokes holds his nerve to pouch the ball as Mathews attempts to hit a third successive six off Tredwell. Superb cameo from the skipper, though.
    11/26/2014 1:07:16 PM
  • [wicket] Jayawardene c Buttler b Tredwell 55. SL 253-5
    Jayawardene can’t believe his luck as he tickles one down the leg-side and Buttler is quickly across to grab the chance.
    11/26/2014 1:09:08 PM

  • Stokes high-fives Root after catching out Mathews. Epic hang time before the England man pouched the Sri Lanka captain 


    Jayawardene looks anguished after flicking behind. Lovely knock from him, though

    11/26/2014 1:10:51 PM
  • Over 43 – SL 238-3 (Perera 0, Thirimanne 0)
    A super finish to the over from Tredwell after some smashing stuff from Mathews, who launched the spinner for successive sixes before falling just short of the rope as he attempted a third. Beefy refuses to say that Jayawardene was strangled down the leg-side – the veteran got a decent edge on the ball, making Buttler’s catch all the better. Tredwell finishes with 2-52 from his 10.
    11/26/2014 1:11:45 PM
  • Over 44 – SL 256-5 (Perera 2, Thirimanne 1)
    So Tredwell will be on a hat-trick when the second ODI rolls around on Saturday. That double-strike has rather dried up the runs, at least for now, Thirimanne timing one from Woakes exquisitely off his legs but picking out midwicket. A third single off the over almost becomes a calamitous two but Perera rightly sends his partner back to avoid a repeat of the Perera run out of earlier.
    11/26/2014 1:15:33 PM
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  • Over 45 – SL 263-5 (Perera 4, Thirimanne 6)
    Is Bopara injured? He can’t force his way back into the attack despite economical figures of 0-15 off four overs so you have to ask the question. Mind you, with two new batsmen in, Moeen Ali is in no mood to hang around and races through an over – limiting the batsmen to a succession of singles until Thirimanne heaves to leg to collect four.
    11/26/2014 1:19:42 PM
  • [wicket] Perera c Cook b Woakes 4. SL 263-6
    That’s a very well-judged catch by the skipper, who takes it running back as Perera slices high into the off-side. It was always going away from Cook.
    11/26/2014 1:21:36 PM
  • [ianbotham] England have given themselves a real chance here."
    11/26/2014 1:21:52 PM
  • Over 46 – SL 270-6 (Thirimanne 7, Mendis 5)
    England, who at one stage looked like conceding well over 300, are right back in this but they must keep their discipline – Woakes sending down the 15th wide of the innings. Mendis gets off the mark in imperious fashion, pulling his second ball just in front of square leg giving Moeen Ali – stationed just behind square – no chance. Woakes, who has one over left in the locker, now has figures of 2-47.
    11/26/2014 1:25:31 PM

  • As Beefy said, England are clawing their way back into contention. Can they keep Sri Lanka below the magic 300 mark?
    11/26/2014 1:26:50 PM
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