[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
Over 32 – Sri Lanka 167-3 (Sangakkara 61, Mathews 1) Chasing 266
He can be very frustrating Chris Jordan. He gets the crucial breakthrough, with the wicket of Jayawardene but follows it up with a legside wide to the new batsman Mathews, the very next ball. But the rest of the over is back on the spot, and he looks England’s biggest threat right now.
12/7/2014 11:07:23 AM
Over 33 – Sri Lanka 171-3 (Sangakkara 63, Mathews 3) Chasing 266
Another tight over from Moeen and England are just getting a foothold back in this game. Sri Lanka still strong favourites with Sangakkara at the crease, but England consistently lost wickets towards the end of their innings and will be hoping the home side do the same.
12/7/2014 11:10:56 AM
Over 34 – Sri Lanka 176-3 (Sangakkara 66, Mathews 5) Chasing 266
Sangakkara hits a cracking cover drive midway through the over but Root was in the perfect spot on the cover boundary to stop it, so it is only a single. Still, it shows the form the Sri Lankan No.3 is in. It’s going to be difficult to dislodge him from here.
12/7/2014 11:15:20 AM
Over 35 – Sri Lanka 185-3 (Sangakkara 69, Mathews 11) Chasing 266
Finn back in to bowl. He gets Mathews to glove one down the legside which had him hopeful for a second, but it was a thick deflection that went behind for four rather than into the gloves of Buttler. Sangakkara pulls one for two, with some slightly comical fielding on the boundary between Woakes and Jordan stopping a boundary (just).
12/7/2014 11:21:17 AM
Over 36 – Sri Lanka 188-3 (Sangakkara 71, Mathews 12) Chasing 266
Sri Lanka take the batting powerplay and Woakes comes on to bowl. But he pulls up in pain after the first delivery – he’s got a problem with his knee which may have been caused by his collision with Jordan on the boundary in the previous over. After a slight delay with the physio coming on, he’s ready to continue. He gets through the over, even causing Mathews some problems with a well-directed bouncer that very nearly brushes the glove.
12/7/2014 11:31:53 AM
Over 37 – Sri Lanka 195-3 (Sangakkara 75, Mathews 15) Chasing 266
Some great work in the field from England. Firstly on the third man boundary by Jordan and then Bopara at deep backward point who cuts off a certain Sangakkara boundary. Their fielding has been improved today, although the bowling not so much.
12/7/2014 11:37:23 AM
Over 38 – Sri Lanka 201-3 (Sangakkara 80, Mathews 16) Chasing 266
The 200 comes up for Sri Lanka a ball after Sangakkara very cleverly uppercuts a short one from Woakes up over Buttler and down for a boundary behind the keeper. Just another 65 runs needed to win now for Sri Lanka with 12 overs remaining. What can England do?
12/7/2014 11:40:59 AM
Over 39 – Sri Lanka 205-3 (Sangakkara 81, Mathews 19) Chasing 266
…Not much by the looks of it. There seems to be an air of resignation already in the England team. It has been a tough day for them in the heat in Colombo and there hasn’t been much encouragement from the pitch I suppose. Four from that over from Finn.
12/7/2014 11:46:36 AM
Over 40 – Sri Lanka 208-3 (Sangakkara 82, Mathews 20) Chasing 266
A pretty uneventful ‘powerplay’ that one. Woakes’ over goes for three and there were only 23 total runs scored from the five overs. Sri Lanka would have been mindful of the flurry of wickets that fell when England took theirs. So this pair have seen it off and need less than a run-a-ball from the final 10 overs.
12/7/2014 11:50:56 AM
Over 41 – Sri Lanka 214-3 (Sangakkara 86, Mathews 22) Chasing 266
Moeen comes back into the attack for just the one over as he bowls out his 10. Sangakkara gets a bit greedy, dancing down the wicket, trying to punish Moeen down the ground but almost offering a catch to mid-on. He hits the next one slightly better but still only gets a single as it is fielded at long-off this time.
12/7/2014 11:54:49 AM
[wicket] Sangakkara c Woakes b Jordan 86 – SL – 214-4
You could see signs of it in the previous over, Sangakkara was just getting a bit impatient, wanting to bring up his hundred and a Sri Lankan win in quick fashion. But he smacks a Jordan long hop outside off right down the throat of Woakes at deep cover. Jordan continues his knack of taking wickets despite not bowling at his best.
12/7/2014 11:57:43 AM
Over 42 – Sri Lanka 215-4 (Mathews 22, Thirimanne 1) Chasing 266
Perhaps I wrote England off too soon. A tight over from Jordan after the wicket and there’s pressure being applied by the fielders in the ring – although Thirimanne does get off the mark to a Woakes fumble when a possible run out was on. Suddenly Sri Lanka look a little jittery. Still heavy favourites though.
12/7/2014 12:02:23 PM
Over 43 – Sri Lanka 221-4 (Mathews 25, Thirimanne 3) Chasing 266
Finn back into the attack for a crucial spell in the game. If he can help pick up another wicket here – preferably Mathews – England will definitely fancy their chances. Although it’s not his best over, with six coming from it, including a legside wide in amongst it. It’s a problem England’s pacemen desperately need to cut out from their game.
12/7/2014 12:07:51 PM
Over 44 – Sri Lanka 223-4 (Mathews 26, Thirimanne 4) Chasing 266
It’s Jordan who still looks the most likely wicket-taker for England. He has Mathews wildly swinging and missing at one, which will please him given that he got him out with a little feather behind when attempting a similar shot in the last ODI in Hambantota. Just two runs from the over and the required run-rate is creeping up towards seven an over.
12/7/2014 12:12:05 PM
Over 45 – Sri Lanka 238-4 (Mathews 33, Thirimanne 11) Chasing 266
Unfortunately Finn can’t keep the pressure on at the other end. Thirimanne pulls him away with disdain for four, then uppercuts in much the same fashion as Sangakkara did earlier – although this one only goes for two. Mathews then finish the over with a pull fine for four more. It has been a disappointing outing for Finn, his bouncer looking particularly tame. 15 from the over, a big one for Sri Lanka.
12/7/2014 12:17:48 PM
Over 46 – Sri Lanka 242-4 (Mathews 34, Thirimanne 12) Chasing 266
He’s been the pick of the bowlers today, but Jordan gets it all wrong to start this over with two more leg-side wides to add to the total. They are cheered by the partisan home crowd as if they’ve been smashed to the boundary. He recovers his line and length before drawing a false shot from Mathews with the last ball of the over. Hales drops in on the boundary though and that might be that. A run-a-ball 24 needed for Sri Lanka now to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
12/7/2014 12:24:01 PM
Over 47 – Sri Lanka 247-4 (Mathews 39, Thirimanne 12) Chasing 266
Woakes comes back in for Finn at the other end. But Mathews manages to get a slower ball of his away through the covers for four. That was zeroing in on the stumps and Mathews almost playing it one-handed as he tried to manoeuvre it through the gap in the field. Incredible shot.
12/7/2014 12:27:55 PM
Over 48 – Sri Lanka 253-4 (Mathews 44, Thirimanne 12) Chasing 266
Jordan bowls the last of his 10 overs, meaning Finn will likely have to come back if it goes down to the last. He causes Thirimanne some problems with a play and a miss, then hitting him on the pads the very next ball. But it would missed leg stump and with the leg bye Mathews gets back on strike and smashes one past a diving extra cover for four. Excellent figures for the Sussex quick though, finishing with 2-35 from his 10. Sri Lanka need 13 from 12 to win.
12/7/2014 12:34:39 PM
Over 49 – Sri Lanka 262-4 (Mathews 47, Thirimanne 18) Chasing 266
Sri Lanka have looked a little flustered at times during the last 10 overs. But they’ve always got a boundary or a good over when they’ve needed one to keep the pressure off just enough. It’s no different here, Thirimanne driving through the off-side for four off the second ball, making their task a whole lot simpler. Woakes drags it back again though and forces Thirimanne into a false shot which skews up in the air, but lands safely. But nine runs come from the over and just four needed to win now for Sri Lanka.
12/7/2014 12:41:34 PM
Over 50 – Sri Lanka 267-4 (Mathews 51, Thirimanne 19) Sri Lanka win by 6 wickets
Thirimanne goes for the big shot to win it with the very first ball, but again doesn’t get hold of it. And again, it lands just short of an England fielder. But two dot balls follow which increases the pressure on captain Mathews. Next ball though he gets the required boundary needed, whipping Finn through the legside for four. He brings up his fifty and the hosts go 3-1 up in the series.
12/7/2014 12:45:34 PM
That's it for today's game then. Thanks for following the blog. So England fall two games back in the series again and it's must-win from here on out. They now travel to Pallekele, with the next game on Wednesday. Join us at 8.25am to see if Alastair Cook comes back into the side, and who for? Until then, goodbye!
12/7/2014 1:30:23 PM