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Sri Lanka v England - Fourth ODI

Over-by-over commentary from the fourth ODI in Colombo

  • Sri Lanka win fourth ODI by six wickets
    Sangakkara top-scores with 86
    Hosts lead 3-1 in seven-match series
    Mathews hits winning runs, finishes 51*
    Taylor scores 90 - his maiden ODI fifty
    Morgan notches 62 as stand in captain with Cook banned

    12/7/2014 3:46:41 AM
    Good morning and welcome to live coverage of the fourth ODI of seven between Sri Lanka and England. The tourists are looking to square the series at 2-2 today after winning the third clash in Hambantota on Wednesday by five wickets.
    12/7/2014 4:02:09 AM
    England will be led by Eoin Morgan in Colombo, with regular skipper Alastair Cook serving a one-match ban for a slow over rate during the win in midweek. Cook was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee by referee David Boon, so is a little out of pocket today as well as out of the side.
    12/7/2014 4:07:19 AM
  • Morgan has been out of sorts with the bat recently so will be looking to arrest that in the Sri Lankan capital, as well as captain with aplomb

    12/7/2014 4:09:36 AM
  • England coach Peter Moores has no qualms about Morgan and also feels it could be good for the side that Cook's ban has come before the World Cup

    12/7/2014 4:13:20 AM
  • England make 1 change Taylor in for Cook. Morgan won the toss and will bat first .#SLvENG
    So, Morgan has called correctly and England will bat first. James Taylor finally gets a gig, coming in at three with Alex Hales moving up to open in the absence of Cook. Mahela Jayawardene returns for Sr Lanka having missed game three for personal reasons.
    12/7/2014 4:24:07 AM
  • 4th ODI at Colombo (RPS): @ECB_cricket 's XI today totals 444 caps. Mahela Jayawardene is playing his 431st ODI in this game.
    David Lloyd is a tad under the weather today so Dominic Cork will be in the box for us. No pressure Dom! We're about to get underway, so stay glued to your telly - or this blog.
    12/7/2014 4:30:34 AM
  • Over 1 – England 4-0 (Moeen 4, Hales 0)
    Angelo Mathews takes the new cherry and Moeen is happy to bide his time, defending the first two balls and letting the third amble through to keeper Kumar Sangakkara.  Moeen wallops a short one for four next up, though.

    12/7/2014 4:34:38 AM
  • [wicket] Hales c Jayawardene b Prasad 0 – Eng 4-1
    Hales clips to Jayawardene at slip after failing to get his feet sorted. Missed opportunity for the Nottinghamshire man there.

    12/7/2014 4:37:27 AM
  • Over 2 – England 6-1 (Moeen 4, Taylor 1)
    Dhammika Prasad opens up with a wild wide but snaffles Hales with ball two. That dismissal brings Taylor to the crease for just his third ODI appearance, the other two coming against Ireland. The diminutive shot-maker averaged almost 90 in domestic 50-over cricket last season, so what can he do here? He gets off the mark with the final ball.

    12/7/2014 4:41:40 AM
  • Over 3 – England 9-1 (Moeen 5, Taylor 3)
    As Nick Knight sings the virtues of Taylor, the recalled batsman is content to ease himself in, with two dot balls against Mathews followed by a single on the leg side. Mathews confuses Moeen with a smart slowie before the left-hander punches classily into the off side for one. Taylor then adds another.

    12/7/2014 4:45:56 AM
  • Most ListA runs in English Domestic since 2012: James Taylor 1414; Peter Trego 1304; Varun Chopra 1295; Mark Stoneman 1295; M Carberry 1244
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    12/7/2014 4:47:42 AM
  • Over 4 – England 9-1 (Moeen 5, Taylor 3)
    Prasad has been a bit wayward at times in this series but bowls three solid deliveries at the start of his second over. Ball four is even better, clattering into Taylor’s pads but with the ball seemingly sliding down leg, Sri Lanka opt not to review it. An absolute beaut fizzes past Taylor last up. Good over for the hosts.

    12/7/2014 4:51:03 AM
  • Over 5 – England 14-1 (Moeen 7, Taylor 6)
    England pick off runs in this over, with Moeen collecting two singles and Taylor amassing three with an albeit nervy shot into the off side. Taylor went hard at a cut too, but Tillakaratne Dilshan, 38 years young, dives down expertly to prevent England scoring.

    12/7/2014 4:55:53 AM
  • Over 6 – England 25-1 (Moeen 17, Taylor 6)
    The elegant Moeen whips into the leg side for a couple and then whacks to the boundary. The opener never gets bogged down, does he? An exquisitely timed shot through the covers gets Moeen his second four in as many balls. Eleven off the over.

    12/7/2014 5:01:28 AM
  • Over 7 – England 29-1 (Moeen 19, Taylor 8)
    Taylor is a right little scamperer between the wickets, isn’t he? He hurries through for one and Moeen ensures England get another, jogging through after pushing into the outfield. Taylor sprints again for a single. Jeevan Mends dislodges the bails but Taylor was well home. Moeen adds one more last up.
    12/7/2014 5:05:47 AM
  • [wicket] Moeen c Sangakkara b Dilshan 19 - Eng 29-2
    Oh dear. Moeen takes a swipe at Dilshan and edges behind to Sangakkara. He was stumped for good measure, too.
    12/7/2014 5:08:18 AM
  • Over 8 – England 31-2 (Taylor 9, Root 1)
    Spin is into the equation with Dilshan – and brings about a wicket. Joe Root played excellently in Hambantota on Wednesday but has a patch-up job to do here after coming in to partner Taylor. The Yorkshireman gets off the mark sharpish.
    12/7/2014 5:11:30 AM
  • Over 9 – England 44-2 (Taylor 21, Root 1)
    Taylor accrues two before having an almighty waft at new bowler Thisara Perera and then clobbering one towards Lahiru Thirimanne. Great stop! There’s no stopping the next, though, as Taylor whips for six over mid-wicket. Amazing shot, cries Ian Ward! Another cracking four from Taylor follows. He’s taking his chance here.
    12/7/2014 5:17:05 AM
  • Over 10 – England 46-2 (Taylor 22, Root 2)
    Rangana Herath starts tidily, with just two coming from his first over. England are going at 4.6 runs an over but Taylor is finding his feet...

    12/7/2014 5:20:40 AM
  • [ianbotham] The more people attack Herath the more excited he gets.”

    12/7/2014 5:21:15 AM
  • Over 11 – England 48-2 (Taylor 23, Root 3)
    Mathews replaces Perera after the seamer’s 13-run over last up. Mathews is not going to blow anybody away but his nagging line and length should not be underestimated. He goes for few runs here.
    12/7/2014 5:25:17 AM
  • Over 12 – England 53-2 (Taylor 25, Root 6)
    England bring up the 50 when Taylor clips a single off Herath. Taylor and Root are taking no risks but slowly adding runs to the tally. Taylor must know, however, that if he gets a biggie today, the selectors will have plenty to ponder when Cook returns.

    12/7/2014 5:28:32 AM
  • We told you about Taylor's stunning shot for six. Now watch it!

    12/7/2014 5:29:30 AM
  • Over 13 – England 56-2 (Taylor 27, Root 7)
    Mathews continues and in good fashion indeed. Taylor seems a tad frustrated with himself after failing to score off ball five but some speedy running following a whip into the leg side brings two from ball six. Mathews is proving hard to get at.

    12/7/2014 5:32:50 AM
  • Over 14 – England 59-2 (Taylor 29, Root 8)
    Herath’s lbw shout against Taylor is rejected as England add three.

    12/7/2014 5:35:51 AM
  • Over 15 – England 67-2 (Taylor 30, Root 15)
    Jeevan Mendis is the third twirler to be utilised by Mathews, giving Taylor the chance to display his shrewd footwork. Root dispatches a terrible full toss to the fence as England secure a boundary for the first time in nearly half an hour.
    12/7/2014 5:39:12 AM
  • Over 16 – England 70-2 (Taylor 32, Root 16)
    You can tell England have two young bucks at the crease. The running between the wickets is as quick as a flash. Herath is not looking like tearing England apart but he is a real Steady Eddie with his canny spin.

    12/7/2014 5:43:11 AM
  • Over 17 – England 72-2 (Taylor 33, Root 17)
    Root has removed his helmet against the spin and opted for a hat instead. Too cool for school that lad. England collect two from the 17th as Nick Knight and Dominic Cork wonder who will come in at the fall of the next wicket. Morgan? Bopara? Buttler?

    12/7/2014 5:49:16 AM
  • Over 18 – England 76-2 (Taylor 35, Root 19)
    More milking of singles off Herath for England as Taylor and Root approach the 50 partnership. It currently stands at 47.
    12/7/2014 5:51:31 AM
  • Over 19 – England 76-2 (Taylor 35, Root 19)
    Taylor’s eyes light up at a poor one from Jeevan Mendis but he can’t give the ball the treatment it deserves. A first mix-up follows as Root and Taylor run shoddily but Root recovers his ground in time – just! Taylor is then given out lbw but immediately calls for the review, feeling he got a nick. He did and survives.
    12/7/2014 5:56:30 AM
  • Over 20 – England 87-2 (Taylor 44, Root 21)
    The half-century partnership is reached as Ajantha Mendis comes into the attack. Root shuffles around in his crease, seemingly looking to go after the spinner, but it’s Taylor who produces the huge one, down the ground for a maximum.
    12/7/2014 6:00:42 AM
  • Over 21 – England 101-2 (Taylor 49, Root 30)
    Root adds a six this time but not a risk-free one, with the fielder just unable to clutch it in the deep. Taylor then lofts over mid-on for four, before collecting a sedate single to move to 49. He’s near his milestone but England have passed one of their own, entering three figures. Fourteen smacked off that over.
    12/7/2014 6:04:30 AM
  • Over 22 – England 106-2 (Taylor 52, Root 32)
    Taylor secures his maiden ODI fifty but then plays a bit of a hack. He’s not faultless! Taylor rolls out the modern-scoop, too, to add one more. Nice stuff from this pair.
    12/7/2014 6:08:17 AM
  • Root's batting is doing the talking here but check out what he had to say after starring in England's win on Wednesday.

    12/7/2014 6:10:16 AM
  • Over 23 – England 112-2 (Taylor 57, Root 33)
    Taylor jams his bat into the pitch but Sri Lanka feel he may have feathered Prasad’s ball as it travelled through to Sangakkara.  The third umpire is asked to check if there was any bat. He says not out and Taylor goes about his merry way with a single off the next delivery. Prasad then wants Root lbw but he doesn’t get him. Too far towards leg side, you see.  England are on course for 243 at this rate, 274 if they up the run rate to six.
    12/7/2014 6:16:26 AM
  • Over 24 – England 116-2 (Taylor 59, Root 35)
    England add four more as we approach the halfway mark in the innings. The tourists are well set and should have 300 in their sights.
    12/7/2014 6:18:57 AM

    12/7/2014 6:21:07 AM
  • Over 25 – England 122-2 (Taylor 64, Root 36)
    Prasad bowls shrewdly but after befuddling Taylor, sees the England man get an edge to the boundary. More by luck than judgement but they all count! A crisp shot from Root yields just one as Sri Lanka field well. They’ve improved on that after being a bit slack in Hambantota.
    12/7/2014 6:24:18 AM
  • [wicket] Root b Herath 36 – Eng 122-3
    Root misjudges one from Herath, who breaks his defences and clatters his stumps. Big wicket for Sri Lanka as Root and Taylor were going along nicely, putting on 93.
    12/7/2014 6:26:54 AM
  • Over 26 – England 123-3 (Taylor 64, Bopara 1)
    Ravi Bopara is in at five, ahead of captain Morgan. The Essex bat pushes a single off Herath’s final ball to retain the strike.
    12/7/2014 6:29:40 AM
  • Not since 105 partnership between Root & Trott v SA (The Oval) 2013 has England's 1st/2nd or 3rd wkt partnership passed 100 - 29 matches ago
  • Over 27 – England 127-3 (Taylor 66, Bopara 2)
    Bopara drills Prasad into the covers and runs one after a minor mis-field from the usually solid Jeevan Mendis. Taylor flicks away a full toss but has to get his skates on to complete the single. If the ball had hit the stumps, he may have been sent packing. Taylor is then given an official warning for running on the playing surface.
    12/7/2014 6:34:35 AM
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