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Sri Lanka v England - First ODI

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

  • Over 47 – SL 279-6 (Thirimanne 13, Mendis 8)
    Thirimanne produces arguably the shot of the innings so far, coming down the pitch to Moeen Ali and going inside-out over cover, the ball dipping just before the rope and bouncing once before crossing it. Cook fumbles at fine leg to send the crowd delirious, the batsmen sneaking through for a single off the final ball of the over. Moeen Ali finishes with 1-66 off his 10 overs.
    11/26/2014 1:29:49 PM
  • Over 48 – SL 288-6 (Thirimanne 21, Mendis 9)
    Gurney has two overs left – enough to have the responsibility of bowling the last over and, on the evidence of the first five balls of this over which cost five runs, why not? Well, the sixth is a full bunger on leg stump that is meat and ddrink to Thirimanne, who swats it for four with disdain.
    11/26/2014 1:34:33 PM
  • No side has successfully chased more than India's 288/5 in 49.4 overs at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo in July 2012.
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  • Over 49 – SL 288-6 (Thirimanne 22, Mendis 28)
    Mendis gives Woakes’ first ball exactly what it deserves, pumping a drag-down delivery way back into the stands behind square for six. The batsman steps to leg to give himself room for the next and consequently can barely reach it, but gets enough bat on it to earn an off-side single. So it’s over to Thirimanne, who swats a slower-ball bouncer for one, returning the strike to Mendis who brings up Sri Lanka’s 300 with a sweet drive down the ground for four. The sixth fifty of the innings has come up in 36 balls – the same as the fifth. Mendis follows up by swatting Woakes’ slower ball straight for six. Mendis picks up another couple off the final ball after a Woakes wide. That’s 21 off the over. No side has ever chased over 300 to win an ODI in Sri Lanka. Mmm.
    11/26/2014 1:39:50 PM
  • Over 50 – SL 317-6 (Thirimanne 27, Mendis 30)
    So England will need 318 to win. Gurney starts the final over with a yorker that Thirimanne digs out for two. This innings would be long over but for England’s wide tally, which Gurney takes to 17. “It’s time to get back to basics,” says Beefy, rather gloomily as if he might have said it before. Mendis decides it’s time for a new piece of timber and what a lump it looks but he can’t wield it to its full force before the innings closes, Thirimanne squeezing out a Yorker for one off the final ball.
    11/26/2014 1:44:47 PM
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  • [davidloyd] It was a rusty performance. The ball didn’t swing at all. I thought we got off to a really poor start with the new ball and never recovered. The wides are a problem and that must improve. Where are England going to take wickets, where is the threat? These lads have got an opportunity here in seven matches to put their names forward. I didn’t see a threat on this pitch and in these conditions.

    The words, in case you were wondering, of BUMBLE...
    11/26/2014 1:54:47 PM
  • In short, Sri Lanka started well - ticked over nicely - then ramped it up!

    11/26/2014 2:02:30 PM
  • So can England match that? Here's PRIOR's view...
    "Momentum is a huge word here. You get that by not losing wickets and by hitting boundaries. Once you have that momentum as a batting side you have to keep it. I really thought the Sri Lankans built a platform well in the first five and they didn’t let up.

    11/26/2014 2:05:06 PM
  • Time to reflect on cricket's major story, that of Phillip Hughes' injury...
    11/26/2014 2:07:25 PM
  • Matt explains the difference between old and new helmets - on the left the grill is not attached to the helmet, on the right the grill is part of the shell

    11/26/2014 2:09:28 PM
  • The older and new helmets in profile...

    11/26/2014 2:10:05 PM
  • How safe do you feel when batting wearing a helmet? A lot of it comes down to personal preference, as TRESCOTHICK explains...
    At what point do we just a full ‘motorbike’ helmet? There is bound to be an inquest into what we can do, how we can improve these things to make the game safer but there is no real right answer, I think.”

    11/26/2014 2:13:19 PM
  • Over 1 – Eng 0-0 (Cook 0, Moeen 0)
    Phew – twice! Angelo Mathews gets Alastair Cook lbw off the third ball of the innings but the England captain’s review is successful, with replays showing the ball would have gone over the top - and the exact same thing happens next ball! The gods are smiling on Cook.What. A. Start.

    11/26/2014 2:22:37 PM
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  • [davidlloyd] What a dramatic start! Two in two, two little nip-backers full in length! I gave them both! Oooh Alastair Cook – do the lottery! Give us your numbers!”

    11/26/2014 2:23:42 PM
  • Over 2 - England 10-0 (Cook 3, Moeen 7)
    Moeen, who probably can’t believe his skipper is still at the other end, lifts Prasad’s opening gambit over the outfield for four, before he and Mr Fortunate nab a single apiece. A lovely push into the offside from Moeen yields a couple and the left-hander lets ball six sail through to the keeper.

    11/26/2014 2:27:45 PM
  • Over 3 - England 11-0 (Cook 4, Moeen 7)
    One run from the over, to Cook, but that’s not the memorable bit. Moeen hits into his pads and the ball trickles towards the stumps but does not collide with them and dislodge the bails. How much Lady Luck can Cook and co get in this innings?

    11/26/2014 2:31:46 PM
  • Moeen's moment of luck...

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  • Over 4 - England 18-0 (Cook 7, Moeen 10)
    Seven runs from the over, with Sangakkara getting mildly excited at one point thinking Cook may have edged a wide one into his gloves. No appeal, though, meaning the third umpire isn’t needed to save the England skipper once again.

    11/26/2014 2:38:27 PM
  • Over 5 - England 32-0 (Cook 7, Moeen 24)
    Moeen finds the ropes twice – and picks up a two – in the first half of the over. He is classy when in full flow. A couple of wafts outside off stump are followed by an inside edge to the boundary and another four. A Sri Lankan mis-field helped Moeen’s cause, though.

    11/26/2014 2:42:55 PM
  • [ianbotham] That first one was a slower ball and Moeen Ali picked it – he just went straight over the top. It was well-executed. He looks very, very composed at the crease. The second four was another magnificent shot - timed beautifully. He's very well-balanced.

    11/26/2014 2:43:11 PM
  • Over 6 – England 51-0 (Cook 10, Moeen 40)
    Cook amasses three runs to bring Moeen, whose usurping of Alex Hales seems justified at this point, back onto strike. Two blazing boundaries – and two cheeky edges to the fence – lift the elegant opener into the 40s. Alex who? Oh yeah, England's 50 is up, too.

    11/26/2014 2:47:42 PM
  • Wicket – Cook lbw Dilshan 10 – Eng 51-1
    [wicket] The skipper’s luck runs out. He is caught plum on the leg by the part-time spin of Dilshan as England lose their first wicket.

    11/26/2014 2:49:36 PM
  • COOK's DOUBLE ESCAPE... but there wasn't to be a triple
    11/26/2014 2:52:17 PM
  • Over 7 – England 58-1 (Bell 1, Moeen 46)
    That’s a blow - but an experienced head replaces Cook in the shape of Ian Bell. It’s The Moeen Show at the moment, however. The opener’s brisk innings gets brisker with a ninth four of this extremely watchable knock.

    11/26/2014 2:54:02 PM
  • Over 8 – England 67-1 (Bell 9, Moeen 47)
    Bell gets in on the act, going aerial to post his first boundary, and whipping down to third man for another few runs off Ajantha Mendis’ maiden over of the match. It’s all Midlands in the middle with Coventry-born Bell and Birmingham-raised Moeen.

    11/26/2014 2:59:27 PM
  • Over 9 – England 74-1 (Bell 12, Moeen 51)
    Rangana Herath hits Bell’s pads but there’s no danger for the England batsman with the ball clearly sliding by. Bell gloves one over Sangakkara next up, before his smooth whack into the covers is stopped by a diving Dilshan. Moeen does find the ropes, though, to bring up his 50 in double-quick time.

    11/26/2014 3:03:26 PM
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  • Over 10 – England 81-1 (Bell 18, Moeen 51)
    Bell records a sumptuous four, before Mendis responds with a dangerous sliding delivery. A nice hit towards the boundary adds two more to England’s total, while a scampered single rounds off the first 10 overs.

    11/26/2014 3:06:45 PM
  • [nickknight] What a set of 10 overs, dominated by Moeen Ali. Right from the outset he was straight into his work. It’s a stunning innings. Now I guess the question is does he carry on trying to hit every ball for four now that the field will spread or should he get a little more picky. When he’s playing so well, you almost want him to carry on.

    11/26/2014 3:07:41 PM
  • Over 11 – England 86-1 (Bell 23, Moeen 52)
    Bell was obviously watching Dilshan earlier. The England man scoops the Master of the Dilscoop for two and then collects another run as Moeen returns to the fray. A single brings Bell back and the wise old head accrues one more to stay on strike heading into over 12.

    11/26/2014 3:10:41 PM
  • Over 12 – England 90-1 (Bell 24, Moeen 55)
    Is Moeen getting a bit edgy? He is wielding his bat a bit too much outside off but still manages to help England reach the nineties. The visitors’ run rate is dropping a bit but they’d probably have taken being only one down at this stage.

    11/26/2014 3:13:21 PM
  • Over 13 – England 96-1 (Bell 29, Moeen 56)
    Another Bell boundary is the highlight of a relatively sedate over. Moeen was hoping to get his jogging boots on when he connected with the final ball of the six, but some snappy Sri Lankan fielding stopped him in his tracks.

    11/26/2014 3:16:31 PM
  • Over 14 – England 101-1 (Bell 31, Moeen 58)
    A wide and a single get England off to a nice start – before Moeen goes wafting again. Easy, lad, there’s plenty of time. He gets willow on leather next up, albeit the toe of the bat, but the ball drops out of the fielder’s clutches. The hundred is up, though, so England will be content with their progress, you’d have thought.

    11/26/2014 3:21:17 PM
  • Game on!

    11/26/2014 3:21:22 PM
  • [davidlloyd] England are going fine here – you just feel that it is all about keeping wickets intact. Moeen Ali has got a start – he’s got to bat through the innings. He’s just naturally scoring.

    11/26/2014 3:24:40 PM
  • Over 15 – England 107-1 (Bell 35, Moeen 60)
    England are doing a milking job on Herath here, taking few risks and picking up what’s on offer. Moeen plays a strong forward defence before he rotates his wrists and chips into the on-side. Bumble thinks Herath is getting lovely flight on the ball but he doesn’t look all that dangerous…

    11/26/2014 3:25:22 PM
  • Wicket – Bell c Jayawardene b Perera 35 – Eng 107-2
    [wicket] Oh dear. Herath may not have had England in peril but Perera has made the breakthrough, forcing Bell to clip behind to the always-safe hands of Jayawardene. Here comes Root.

    11/26/2014 3:28:31 PM
  • Straight over to the laptop post-dismissal...

    11/26/2014 3:28:53 PM
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