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Sri Lanka v England - Fourth ODI

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

  • Over 28 – England 131-3 (Taylor 68, Bopara 5)
    A quiet over goes by, with England adding four.
    12/7/2014 6:37:04 AM
  • Over 29 – England 137-3 (Taylor 73, Bopara 6)
    Perera replaces Prasad but is equally metronome with his line and length – until Taylor picks up a short one and clubs to the fence. Real quick hands from him there. Taylor has the highest score by a No 3 for England in ODIs this year – but he’ll want much more than 73.
    12/7/2014 6:40:51 AM
  • Over 30 – England 140-3 (Taylor 74, Bopara 8)
    Jeevan Mendis races through his first three deliveries, all of which are dot balls, before a single is accrued from ball four following after a brief hesitation from Taylor. Perhaps he has been frazzled by his warning for running on the pitch. The drinks break is taken mid-over. When play resumes, Bopara scoots through for two.
    12/7/2014 6:48:41 AM
  • Over 31 – England 148-3 (Taylor 80, Bopara 10)
    Dilshan is back and after a few singles are milked, Taylor opens the face and creams over mid-off. He’s into the eighties now and making people wonder why it has taken him this long to be given a chance.
    12/7/2014 6:52:50 AM
  • Over 32 – England 151-3 (Taylor 80, Bopara 12)
    The good running continues as Beefy insists England should be looking at 285 minimum as a target. The tourists bring up the 150, before Taylor misses out after giving himself a bit of room and looking to thwack into the off-side.
    12/7/2014 6:55:19 AM
  • Over 33 – England 158-3 (Taylor 85, Bopara 14)
    A sumptuous sweep off Dilshan sees Taylor rack up four more. He then clips into the leg side again for one. Bopara collects a single, too. Will England take the batting powerplay soon?
    12/7/2014 6:58:03 AM
  • Over 34 – England 168-3 (Taylor 89, Bopara 20)
    Buzzers! Overthrow runs are accrued after Sri Lanka have a temporary mare in the field. Could they prove costly at the game’s denouement? Taylor whips away shortly after and England run two. That aspect of their game has been – in the main – stellar today.
    12/7/2014 7:03:08 AM
  • Taylor unbeaten on 89. England 169-3.#SLvENG
  • Of @ECB_cricket 's last 11 ODI 100s, been scored by 9 different batsmen (Root x2, Morgan x2, Ali, Buttler, Lumb, Bopara, Trott, Bell, Cook)
  • [wicket] Taylor c K Perera b A Mendis 90 – Eng 170-4
    Darn! Taylor lofts into the covers while trying to force his way through to three figures. Kusal Perera pouches and England’s Little Masters departs. Here comes the skipper.

    12/7/2014 7:09:52 AM
  • Over 35 – England 171-4 (Bopara 21, Morgan 0)
    The umpire waves his arms to inform us all that England are taking the batting powerplay. Ajantha Mendis comes into bowl and England pick up the one that takes Taylor into the proverbial nervy nineties. Bopara ambles through for another and it seems the nineties really were nervy for Taylor who holes out to Perera.

    12/7/2014 7:11:42 AM
  • [wicket] Bopara b Dilshan 22 – Eng 173-5
    Another one goes, Bopara this time. He plays across the line to a straight one from Dilshan and just misses it. Clean bowled.
    12/7/2014 7:15:08 AM
  • Over 36 – England 175-5 (Morgan 1, Buttler 0)
    Dilshan, with that habit of taking wickets at crucial times, does it again. He accounts for Bopara with just a standard straight delivery. From looking very well set with Taylor and Root in, England just struggling a bit now.
    12/7/2014 7:17:43 AM
  • Over 37 – England 182-5 (Morgan 5, Buttler 4)
    Morgan finishes off a rather speedy over from Ajantha Mendis with a sweetly times sweep to the boundary for four. Can the captaincy help him recover some form?
    12/7/2014 7:20:16 AM
  • Over 38 – England 184-5 (Morgan 6, Buttler 5)
    Just two from that over from Dilshan as these two are slightly caught in two minds. Just one over left in the powerplay now and usually they’d be looking to attack, but the wickets have meant they are just happy building a partnership for now.
    12/7/2014 7:23:25 AM
  • Jos Buttler (@josbuttler ) has now hit 30 ODI 6s - more than any other England wicket-keeper/batsman, passing Craig Kieswetter's 29
  • Over 39 – England 191-5 (Morgan 7, Buttler 11)
    Buttler with a lovely shot down the ground for six off Anjantha Mendis mid-over. But only a Morgan single at the start of the over can be added to it. Powerplay done , 11 overs left.
    12/7/2014 7:25:51 AM
  • Over 40 – England 196-5 (Morgan 10, Buttler 13)
    Sri Lanka sticking with spin here, racing through their overs – five singles for England off this one. When will this pair look to put Dilshan under pressure and attack?
    12/7/2014 7:28:41 AM
  • Over 41 – England 197-5 (Morgan 11, Buttler 13)
    Herath comes into the attack, replacing the disappointing Ajantha Mendis. Trickier to get away is the slow-left-armer, with only a single coming from the over. Morgan tries to attack with a reverse-sweep off the first ball but smacks it straight in to his shin. Ouch!
    12/7/2014 7:31:05 AM
  • Over 42 – England 200-5 (Morgan 13, Buttler 14)
    Buttler reads a delayed delivery from Dilshan well midway through the overs and smacks it into the covers before smacking into his partner as he and Morgan run into eachother accidentally when trying to push for a second run. Just three runs from the over as Dilshan continues to frustrate, but the 200 does come up for England.
    12/7/2014 7:33:46 AM
  • [wicket] Buttler c Jayawardene b Herath 15 – Eng – 203-6
    Buttler tries to hit another straight six down the ground but doesn’t find the success as he did against Mendis, managing to pick out Jayawardene in the deep.
    12/7/2014 7:36:41 AM
  • Over 43 – England 205-6 (Morgan 16, Stokes 1)
    Sri Lanka picking up the crucial wicket of Buttler in that over just as we enter the stage of the game where he is most dangerous. They will be very happy with the way they have pulled themselves right back into this game.
    12/7/2014 7:38:50 AM
  • Over 44 – England 210-6 (Morgan 20, Stokes 2)
    England do bat deep we keep hearing, so someone in the lower order needs to step up here as they are looking like they will fall some way short of the score they will have been setting themselves when Taylor and Root were in. Morgan tries to go on the offensive this over but top edges Dilshan the very first ball, and is lucky to see it land safe.
    12/7/2014 7:41:24 AM
  • [wicket] Stokes c Perera b Mendis 6 – Eng – 219-7
    Stokes goes for a massive heave over the leg-side to Ajantha Mendis but only succeeds in hitting it high up in the air and Perera takes a good catch.
    12/7/2014 7:46:03 AM
  • Over 45 – England 219-7 (Morgan 25, Woakes 0)
    Ajantha Mendis back into the attack. Interesting move here, because although he did account for Taylor, he has been expensive today. Morgan, after surviving an early stumping appeal (which wasn’t even close) goes on the charge and slaps one down the ground for four, before Stokes departs having pulled for four the ball before.
    12/7/2014 7:47:41 AM
  • Over 46 – England 229-7 (Morgan 32, Woakes 2)
    While wickets fall around him, Morgan is looking better at the crease than he has in some time for England. He hits a lovely slog-sweep over midwicket for six off Dilshan. Four overs left now, what will the target be?
    12/7/2014 7:49:39 AM
  • Over 47 – England 237-7 (Morgan 36, Woakes 6)
    Woakes, who has struggled a bit with spin recently, is in. And he doesn’t look completely comfortable facing spin again. His job will surely be to get Morgan on strike these final few overs. But the pair just rotate the strike this over – 8 from it.
    12/7/2014 7:53:15 AM
  • [wicket] Woakes b Herath 6 – Eng – 238-8
    Woakes falls to spin again. Herath does really well here, with a loopy, slow one that Woakes tries to slop sweep but plays all around.
    12/7/2014 7:56:14 AM
  • Over 48 – England 245-8 (Morgan 43, Jordan 1)
    Herath back on, replacing Dilshan this time. Morgan immediately charges down the pitch to him but can only get him away for a single with a heave to the legside. Woakes is then out with the third ball, bringing Jordan to the crease. He immediately gets a single to get Morgan back on strike who still looks completely untroubled and sweeps for four with the last ball of the over.
    12/7/2014 7:58:35 AM
  • England now 245-9 with 11 balls remaining. #SLvENG
  • [wicket] Jordan c Perera b Mendis 1 – Eng – 245-9
    Jordan goes first ball of the next over to Mendis trying to cut him away to the boundary but it goes straight down Perera’s throat at backward point. Will England bat out the 50 overs?
    12/7/2014 8:00:46 AM
  • Over 49 – England 247-9 (Morgan 44, Finn 1)
    Very disappointing stuff this from England who surely must have been aiming for a score of 280+ at around the 30-over mark. But once again they came unstuck with the batting powerplay. Morgan and Finn see out the rest of the over after the wicket of Jordan. Morgan on strike for the last – what damage can he do?
    12/7/2014 8:03:42 AM
  • Morgan takes 18 of last over.England post 265. During the interval we will have reaction and highlights of England's innings. #SLvENG
  • [wicket] Morgan c Sangakkara b Dilshan 62 – Eng – 265 all out
    Morgan skies the final ball of the over high into the air and it’s comfortably pouched by Sangakkara with the gloves on.
    12/7/2014 8:08:21 AM
  • Over 50 – England 265 all out (Morgan 62, Finn 1)
    Morgan’s wicket comes after he inflicts a fair bit of damage to spare England’s blushes somewhat. He brings up his fifty – his first in ODIs since January – with a huge six off the first ball over deep midwicket. He hits another off the next delivery, straighter this time. The fourth ball off Dilshan’s goes for four over cover, and he the runs two with the fifth – 18 from it and England finish on 263.
    12/7/2014 8:10:52 AM
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    12/7/2014 8:18:49 AM
  • [nickknight] I think 265 is just under par. England were in such a good position with 35 overs gone that 300 looked on and I think they got ahead of themselves. But Angelo Mathews did well to get his bowlers to take pace off the ball and to keep his fielders up."

    12/7/2014 8:20:44 AM

    12/7/2014 8:37:05 AM

  • Steven Finn is opening the bowling for England. Let us know how YOU think Sri Lanka's chase will transpire #SLvENG @SkyCricket 
    12/7/2014 8:47:18 AM
  • Over 1 – Sri Lanka 5-0 (Dilshan 5, K Perera 0) Chasing 266
    So here we go. Steven Finn to bowl the first over of Sri Lanka’s run chase. Stand-in captain Eoin Morgan with two slips in for him first up, but it doesn't trouble Dilshan. He drives the Middlesex paceman down the ground for four with a lovely straight drive midway through the over.
    12/7/2014 8:49:59 AM
  • England's star man with the bat was undoubtedly the recalled James Taylor. Watch Matt Prior and Bob Willis analyse him here.

    12/7/2014 8:52:34 AM
  • Over 2 – Sri Lanka 15-0 (Dilshan 10, K Perera 5) Chasing 266
    Dilshan looks in ominous form. He sweetly times a drive through the covers for four off Woakes this time. Too short, too wide from Woakes, and Perera benefits from a similar delivery by cutting to the boundary for four more. Woakes looks interested in an LBW appeal with the last ball but it’s given as runs.
    12/7/2014 8:55:29 AM
    The best of the action from England's knock is now available on the Sky Sports for iPad app. Taylor was the standout with a glittering 90 but stand-in skipper Eoin Morgan also rediscovered his batting mojo, with a brisk - and potentially vital - 62.
    12/7/2014 8:57:02 AM
  • Over 3 – Sri Lanka 16-0 (Dilshan 10, K Perera 5) Chasing 266
    Finn bowls a tighter line than his opening partner keeping the shackles on Dilshan. Just one run from the over.
    12/7/2014 8:59:35 AM
  • Over 4 – Sri Lanka 22-0 (Dilshan 15, K Perera 6) Chasing 266
    Perera with a swing and a miss at a good short delivery from Woakes. The opening batsman has had a few problems with the short ball this series, so obviously a plan from England. Doesn’t seem to be much of a plan for the bloke at the other end though, Dilshan drills another down the ground for four. A beautifully timed drive.
    12/7/2014 9:03:11 AM
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