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Sri Lanka v England - First ODI

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


  • Bopara hasn't given up the ghost - even though England's latest 50 is also their slowest of the match, coming off 60 balls.
    11/26/2014 5:14:33 PM
  • 11/26/2014 5:15:00 PM
  • Over 42 – England 258-7 (Bopara 39, Woakes 7)
    T Perera returns and opens up with a rare short ball at Woakes that he shovels to leg for a single. Bopara ticks over with a single before the seamer, getting the ball to jag back, he gets one through the all-rounder’s defences but can’t find the top of off. Perera tries his luck again with the short ball and it’s out again as Woakes top-edges over a leaping Sangakkara for four and a welcome wide helps the tally.
    11/26/2014 5:20:38 PM

  • Woakes pokes at one from Perera and nearly comes a cropper. No edge but the England man is living dangerously...
    11/26/2014 5:21:41 PM
  • [wicket] Woakes st Sangakkara b Herath 7. Eng 259-8
    Terrific delivery from Herath that pitches around leg-stump and turns and bounces gives Woakes no chance. He’s dragged out of his crease and Sangakkara whips off the bails.
    11/26/2014 5:23:17 PM
  • Over 43 – England 264-8 (Bopara 44, Tredwell 1)
    That was a wonderful piece of bowling from Herath – the ball actually pitched outside leg and turned past the outside edge. It was a terrific take from Sangakkara too. Bopara steps to leg and goes up and over cover for four to finish the over and show he’s not done yet. England need 54 off 42 balls.
    11/26/2014 5:25:53 PM
  • Ian Ward thinks Kumar Sangakkara will be getting praise from a fellow gloveman following his spectacular stumping of Chris Woakes.
    Matt Prior is back in our studio in London and I'm sure he'll have plenty to say on that. Any keeper would be very proud of that dismissal."
    11/26/2014 5:27:46 PM
  • Over 44 – England 267-8 (Bopara 45, Tredwell 3)
    Pressure-building stuff from Perera – helped by a Dilshan dive at point that denies Tredwell a single. A wristy Bopara flick adds one to the total but puts Tredwell back on strike and Mathews remains on the offensive, keeping the slip in. Just three from the over and 51 are now needed off the final six overs.
    11/26/2014 5:30:25 PM

  • This England team will enter the record books if they procure a victory in Colombo this evening. Stick with us for the climax.
    11/26/2014 5:32:38 PM
  • Over 45 – England 276-8 (Bopara 52, Tredwell 5)
    Is there a better way to reach fifty? Bopara takes a mighty swing and launches Herath over midwicket for a maximum having threatened to go inside-out over cover the previous ball. Tredwell, struggling to break the ring, goes up and over cover and the ball lands safely.
    11/26/2014 5:34:03 PM
  • Over 46 – England 286-8 (Bopara 56, Tredwell 5)
    Nasty! Bopara gets some bat on a head-high full bunger from Perera that was arrowing in at him, four runs and an extra ball resulting. Perera, who presumably was going for the yorker, quickly apologises. A single off the first ball gave Bopara the strike but he couldn’t initially cash in, Perera keeping his line tight and then striking Bopara amidships via the inside edge. Bopara hits the next with gusto but Mendis cuts off the boundary to save two runs at wide long-on. Three fielders chase in vain as Bopara launches the ball over cover.
    11/26/2014 5:40:23 PM

  • Bopara dispatches a wild one - and we mean wild - from Perera to the fence. Sir Ian Botham, a not-too-shabby boundary smacker himself, was suitably impressed.
    11/26/2014 5:41:50 PM
  • [wicket] Tredwell b Mendis 6. Eng 286-9
    Mendis hits top of middle as Tredwell stays back and is cleaned out playing across the line.
    11/26/2014 5:42:08 PM
  • Over 47 – England 292-9 (Bopara 65, Gurney 1)
    Gurney succeeds in getting Bopara on strike as quickly as possible after the exit of Tredwell, swatting the ball over cover. Bopara turns down a single, sending Gurney back at the non-striker’s end, having picked out long-off and it pays dividends as he sweeps hard and flat for four. Bopara thinks long and hard about taking a single off the fifth but eventually does so and Gurney dutifully leaves the final ball alone outside off. England need 28 off 18 balls.
    11/26/2014 5:48:25 PM
  • [wicket] Bopara c K Perera b T Perera 65. Eng 292 all out off 47.1 overs
    What a sensational catch to win the match. Bopara hit it as high as the floodlights and Perara readjusted, diving to catch the plummeting ball.
    11/26/2014 5:51:14 PM

  • Perera plucks a magnificent catch off a Bopara hit-out to end the game. What a way to wrap up a victory!
    11/26/2014 5:53:11 PM

  • Has that pulsating game whetted your appetite? Of course it has. Join us again early doors on Saturday for game two of the seven-match series. 


    11/26/2014 5:55:09 PM
  • Ahead of the presentations, when we'll hear from the captains, here are the post-match thoughts of our studio guest Marcus Trescothick...
    I thought the batting impressed me more than the bowling and fielding. Parts of our batting were exceptional – Moeen Ali led the way and was a dominant force at the top of the order. Ravi was exceptional as well. There is room for improvement in the bowling. If you take away the wides and the extra balls they had to bowl, that game would probably have been in England’s hands.

    11/26/2014 6:08:38 PM
  • Over to ALASTAIR COOK…

    Mo played a fantastic innings to get us going and we put ourselves in a position but we kept losing wickets and you can put that down to a lack of match practice. Sri Lanka have been battle-hardened for a while. It was a really good game of cricket but frustrating to come out on the wrong end because we did some good things, especially with the bat.


    11/26/2014 6:10:53 PM
  • COOK on his double DRS reprieve…
    He kind of had it in for me, that umps, even the one that I was out to could have gone my way but it didn’t! It’s the way of the game.”


    11/26/2014 6:13:22 PM
  • Needless to say, ANGELO MATHEWS is chuffed with his team's all-round display...

    We needed a big partnership from our openers and we got it. It’s one of those days when you can tick all of the boxes. We were good on the field, we were good with our bowling – especially the spinners. It was an excellent game.


    11/26/2014 6:15:31 PM
  • YOUR TWEETS...


    11/26/2014 6:16:37 PM
  • MOEEN SHINES IN DEFEAT
    11/26/2014 6:25:34 PM
  • COOK PRAISES MOEEN FIREWORKS
    11/26/2014 6:29:35 PM
  • Thanks for joining us - England won't have to wait long for their chance to level the series as the second ODI is live on Sky Sports 2 from 4.15am this Saturday. Make sure you set your alarm clocks!
    11/26/2014 7:03:11 PM
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