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Sri Lanka v England - Fourth ODI

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

  • Over 5 – Sri Lanka 28-0 (Dilshan 16, K Perera 10) Chasing 266
    Morgan has a mid on and a midwicket in catching for Finn as he bowls to Dilshan, and it seems to work, again keeping Dilshan shackled for much of the over before he flicks one away for a single with the fifth ball. Perera though takes a liking to a short one from Finn and a good over is slightly ruined with a four from the last ball.
    12/7/2014 9:09:05 AM
  • [wicket] Dilshan c Morgan b Woakes 16 – SL – 28-1
    Big wicket for England. The dangerous looking Dilshan goes as he gets a thick top edge to one he tries to pull over midwicket and Morgan takes a comfortable catch.
    12/7/2014 9:11:16 AM

  • Sangakkara is at the crease. These lads and lasses think he's a decent player...
    12/7/2014 9:12:17 AM
  • Over 6 – Sri Lanka 35-1 (K Perera 13, Sangakkara 4) Chasing 266
    Woakes accounts for Dilshan with the first ball of the over. It just seemed to get Dilshan quicker than he expected, that much-talked-about extra yard of pace from Woakes. Sangakkara is the new man in and gets off the mark with a beautiful straight drive down the ground for four.
    12/7/2014 9:14:48 AM
  • Over 7 – Sri Lanka 39-1 (K Perera 16, Sangakkara 5) Chasing 266
    It’s time for some Moeen Ali, replacing Finn at the other end. Interesting move as Finn was bowling a nice spell. Perera cutting sweetly from the fourth ball of the over, but its chased down hard by Root so doesn’t go for four.
    12/7/2014 9:20:13 AM
  • Over 8 – Sri Lanka 43-1 (K Perera 16, Sangakkara 9) Chasing 266
    He got the wicket of Dilshan but other than that Woakes has been wayward. He offers up another short and wide one, this time to Sangakkara who as to be expected punishes him by cutting it through point for four.
    12/7/2014 9:22:43 AM
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    12/7/2014 9:25:33 AM
  • Over 9 – Sri Lanka 46-1 (K Perera 19, Sangakkara 9) Chasing 266
    Moeen is firing his deliveries down at a fair pace and Perera struggles to get him away, with four dot balls to open the over. It obviously frustrates him as he tries a slog over the next ball and is fortunate to see it land safely in the outfield. England need more overs like that, there have been too many four balls so far to ease the pressure on the Sri Lankan batsmen.
    12/7/2014 9:25:41 AM
  • 10 overs gone Sri Lanka 52-1. Target 266.#SLvENG
  • Over 10 – Sri Lanka 52-1 (K Perera 24, Sangakkara 9) Chasing 266
    Finn returns at the other end. His line is better than Woakes but doesn’t look too threatening pace-wise on this pitch. He tries a bouncer with the final ball over the over and Perera pulls it with distain to the midwicket boundary for four.
    12/7/2014 9:30:38 AM
  • Over 11 – Sri Lanka 58-1 (K Perera 25, Sangakkara 14) Chasing 266
    Turn from Moeen with the first ball of his over, drifting past the outside edge of Sangakkara’s bat. He then loses his line though, with one down the leg-side that Sangakkara sweeps albeit only for a single. But he does cash in on a short, wide one two balls later lifting it over extra-cover for four more.
    12/7/2014 9:33:30 AM
  • Over 12 – Sri Lanka 63-1 (K Perera 27, Sangakkara 16) Chasing 266
    Chris Jordan in to bowl now. It has been a good start to this innings so far from Sri Lanka and this pair in particular are looking very busy at the crease, running well and going after any bad ball from England. Little on offer in the way of bad balls this over, but five scampered singles still come from it.
    12/7/2014 9:37:41 AM
  • Over 13 – Sri Lanka 66-1 (K Perera 29, Sangakkara 17) Chasing 266
    Moeen bowling a nice tight line this over but the batsmen comfortably knock him around for a few singles. Looks a great pitch to bat on this, and there is the worry that England are just 30 or so runs short of par.
    12/7/2014 9:41:21 AM
  • Over 14 – Sri Lanka 69-1 (K Perera 31, Sangakkara 18) Chasing 266
    First signs of Jordan losing his control, he offers one outside off-stump that Perera should have cashed in on. But he tries to hit it too hard and gets an inside edge that runs harmlessly through to Buttler. Jordan then comes round the wicket but strays a couple of times down the legside which these two turn round the corner for singles.
    12/7/2014 9:45:26 AM
  • Dominic Cork wants to see England go for the jugular.
    I don’t mind the stop-the-boundary tactics at the moment but I would like to see Morgan be a bit more adventurous. We saw how England were put under pressure when wickets tumbled.
    12/7/2014 9:45:46 AM
  • [wicket] Perera c Jordan b Moeen Ali 31 – SL – 69-2
    England needed a wicket, and they’ve got one. A lovely floated delivery from Moeen outside off-stump. Perera looks to drive but edges it to Jordan at slip who takes a sharp catch.
    12/7/2014 9:48:35 AM

  • Mahela's at the crease. Will we witness his majesty?
    12/7/2014 9:49:56 AM
  • Over 15 – Sri Lanka 77-2 (Sangakkara 18, Jayawardene 4) Chasing 266
    England might just regret not playing Tredwell in this game. It’s Moeen that looks more threatening than the quicks – picking up the wicket of Perera – and is Stokes going to get much of a bowl again? Having said that, Jayawardene scoops one over backward point for four and then Moeen bowls one down the legside which goes for four byes. Eight runs and the wicket from the over.
    12/7/2014 9:52:52 AM
  • Over 16 – Sri Lanka 80-2 (Sangakkara 20 Jayawardene 5) Chasing 266
    Jordan comes steaming in as two legends of the game look to push Sri Lanka towards victory, just as they did a week or so ago in game two. The England seamer is not overawed by the men he is bowling at, though, and keeps things tight. The ball is following Ben Stokes around. That’s not a bad thing for England, however, as he is a very snappy fielder.

    12/7/2014 10:02:13 AM
  • Over 17 – Sri Lanka 85-2 (Sangakkara 24, Jayawardene 6) Chasing 266
    Sangakkara shows nifty footwork and hand speed to whip away on the leg side for two off Moeen. The veterans then trade singles for the remainder of the over – before it is revealed that they have scored 5,696 runs in ODIs as a partnership.
    12/7/2014 10:04:36 AM
  • Over 18 – Sri Lanka 88-2 (Sangakkara 26, Jayawardene 7) Chasing 266
    Root added some valuable runs for England with the bat but he can threaten with the ball, too. A misjudged shot from Jayawardene lands just shy of the fielder but Mahela sees the error of his ways and plays more serenely for the rest of the 18th.

    12/7/2014 10:07:19 AM
  • Over 19 – Sri Lanka 94-2 (Sangakkara 31, Jayawardene 8) Chasing 266
    Sangakkara tickles a loosener from new bowler Ravi Bopara behind for four, before jogging through for another following a push into the off-side. Jayawardene then dabs away for a single.
    12/7/2014 10:11:22 AM
  • [nickknight] I would have gone to Finn here. This is the key moment, we’ve got to break this partnership and try to break it early. Get one or two catchers in and unsettle them before they’re in."

    12/7/2014 10:12:11 AM
  • Sri Lanka 97-2 after 20 overs chasing 266 to win. #SLvENG Watch on SS2 or follow via our blog:…
  • Over 20 – Sri Lanka 97-2 (Sangakkara 32, Jayawardene 10) Chasing 266
    Root continues. Perhaps Morgan’s ploy is to race through his overs and leave the pace boys to come to the fore later on. Sounds great when you put it like that...

    12/7/2014 10:14:36 AM
  • Over 21 – Sri Lanka 100-2 (Sangakkara 33, Jayawardene 12) Chasing 266
    Sri Lanka look in no trouble but they aren’t taking the game away for England either. Good restriction from Bopara but the hosts do reach the 100 mark.

    12/7/2014 10:17:22 AM
  • The hundred comes up for Sri Lanka England need to break this partnership #SLvENG

  • Over 22 – Sri Lanka 103-2 (Sangakkara 34, Jayawardene 14) Chasing 266
    Beefy is not a fan of medium pace and part-time spin at this point, though. He wants England to bring on a quick and disrupt Sangakkara and Jayawardene’s flow. That said, Root is generating some mild turn and not getting clobbered. Three from the over.
    12/7/2014 10:20:13 AM
  • Over 23 – Sri Lanka 110-2 (Sangakkara 35, Jayawardene 20) Chasing 266
    Maybe Beefy’s got a point! Jayawardene pings a boundary off a Bopara dibbly-dobber, while singles are milked off the rest of the over. Decision time, Eoin, decision time.
    12/7/2014 10:22:55 AM
  • This is why England are particularly keen to break this partnership...

    12/7/2014 10:23:30 AM
  • Over 24 – Sri Lanka 117-2 (Sangakkara 40, Jayawardene 22) Chasing 266
    A glorious shot to the ropes from Sangakkara, who is finally slinging his willow at Root. Sri Lanka are on Easy Street here, accumulating seven from the over without breaking sweat.
    12/7/2014 10:25:57 AM
  • Over 25 – Sri Lanka 125-2 (Sangakkara 42, Jayawardene 27) Chasing 266
    Stokes is into the attack. This could go both ways… Jayawardene feathers the first delivery for a single and then Sangakkara hits one on the rise to bring up the 50 partnership. Stokes was a real menace in Australia last winter but is a little powder-puff at the moment, as his wide off an attempted slower ball shows. A Bopara mid-field won’t do much for England’s psyche either.

    12/7/2014 10:31:33 AM
  • [ianbotham] We all know how much talent Stokes but he’s had a few problems with his run-up which has cost him pace and control. This is a big moment for the young man.

    12/7/2014 10:31:51 AM
  • Over 26 – Sri Lanka 127-2 (Sangakkara 42, Jayawardene 28) Chasing 266
    Morgan reviews a tame-looking lbw shout from Root after Jayawardene’s pad is clipped. A hunch? Desperation? Either way, it was the wrong choice, with Hawkeye conveying what most of us thought: the ball was not hitting the stumps. England have no reviews left.
    12/7/2014 10:36:15 AM
  • Over 27 – Sri Lanka 140-2 (Sangakkara 44, Jayawardene 38) Chasing 266
    Jayawardene missed Wednesday’s game to celebrate his daughter’s birthday but doesn’t look to have gone overboard with cake. He’s as fit as a fiddle. Stokes bowls a high and wide delivery which Mahela, who chopped for one of the first ball of this over, ducks down to avoid. Jayawardene frees his arms next up, though, carving to the fence for four. Elegant isn’t the half of it. Sangakkara swings powerfully but only accrues one. Jayawardene shows his mate how it’s done with a gorgeous drive to the ropes. Expensive over from Stokes.

    12/7/2014 10:42:57 AM
  • 50 number 205 in all international cricket for Kumar Sangakkara - and 109th in ODIs (only Tendulkar 145 and Ponting 112 have more)
  • Sangakkara goes to his 3rd fifty in the series. Sri Lanka 151-2 after 28 overs.#SLvENG
  • Over 28 – Sri Lanka 151-2 (Sangakkara 51, Jayawardene 40) Chasing 266
    A wide from Root begins the 28th over on a poor note for England. Sri Lanka are cruising here with singles available whenever they want them. Sangakkara duly posts his seventh ODI fifty of 2014 with a four. England need wickets, lots of wickets.
    12/7/2014 10:46:56 AM
  • Sangakkara brings up his fifty. Sri Lanka are cruising along at 150-2 after 28 overs #SLvENG

  • Over 29 – Sri Lanka 156-2 (Sangakkara 54, Jayawardene 42) Chasing 266
    What ya got, Moeen? You enjoyed a lot of success against Sri Lanka with the ball in the Test arena last summer and your team-mates need you now. The spinner doesn’t get walloped but doesn’t weave any magic either.
    12/7/2014 10:51:53 AM
  • Over 30 – Sri Lanka 161-2 (Sangakkara 58, Jayawardene 43) Chasing 266
    Jordan’s seam is redeployed by Morgan, who is running out of options. This has the feel of a procession and England look a little devoid of energy in the field. Keep your heads up, boys!
    12/7/2014 10:55:26 AM
  • Sri Lanka need 105 runs to win from the last 20 overs. Can England turn things round? Follow via our blog… #SLvENG
  • Over 31 – Sri Lanka 165-2 (Sangakkara 61, Jayawardene 44) Chasing 266
    Sangakkara cuts Moeen again to the boundary – or does he? Some good work from Stokes saves two runs. But England will need a bit more than good fielding to turn this round. They need wickets.
    12/7/2014 11:00:14 AM
  • Most international runs v @ECB_cricket : D Bradman 5028, A Border 4850, V Richards 4488, R Ponting 4141, S Tendulkar 3990, M Jayawardene 3952
  • [wicket] Jayawardene b Jordan 44 – SL – 165-3
    And they’ve got one. Jordan gets the breakthrough, with a helping hand from Jayawardene who chops it on to his stumps. But it was a good delivery from Jordan all the same, cramping him for room.
    12/7/2014 11:02:56 AM
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