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Sri Lanka v England - Second ODI

Over-by-over commentary from the second one-day international between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo

  • AUSTRALIA TEST POSTPONED
    SL win by 8 wkts & go 2-0 up
    Eng 185 all out off 43 overs
    SL 186-2 off 34.2 overs
    Jayawardene 77no, Sangakarra 67no
    Pair put on unbroken stand of 149
    Match reduced to 45 overs-a-side
    11/28/2014 8:57:26 AM
  • 11/29/2014 3:58:00 AM
  • HUGHES TRIBUTE
    As we mourn Phillip Hughes, cricket struggles on with a heavy heart. This second one-day international will go ahead, for in the words of Alastair Cook: 

    Both sides agreed we should carry on playing and show our respects in the right way for Phil, and try and put on a good show."

    11/29/2014 4:13:08 AM
  • 11/29/2014 4:15:11 AM
  • [twitter]

    11/29/2014 4:23:39 AM
  • EMOTIONAL CLARKE - a grief-stricken Australian captain earlier announced that Hughes' one-day international shirt number of 64 will be retired.

    11/29/2014 4:24:09 AM
  • England's players joined cricketers the world over in the #putoutyourbats social media campaign

    11/29/2014 4:27:32 AM
  • No decision has yet been made on whether next week's Australia v India Test series should get underway but our studio guest Bob Willis believes it may well help the grieving process if it does...

    [bobwillis] The Australian team doctor told us that there have only been 100 incidents of this involving anybody sustaining an injury like this and we’ve got to keep that in mind and try to get back to normality as soon as we possibly can. It’s going to be very difficult but my personal thought would be that the best thing for the Australian players is to actually get out there on the field and try to do their job.


    11/29/2014 4:33:06 AM
  • [twitter]

    11/29/2014 4:34:14 AM
  • This is incredibly frustrating given how promising the outlook appeared only around an hour or so ago. While we wait for news it's worth pointing out that Joe Root has a heavily strapped right elbow. Wardy reports that he looked as though he was in quite a lot of pain when the physio was working things through with him but he took a full part in the warm-ups. So watch this space, I guess!
    11/29/2014 4:40:07 AM
  • No discussion about England's line-up can avoid the subject of Alastair Cook at present and Bumble has come in off his long run this morning (his knees must be getting better...)

    [davidlloyd] Central contracts have been fine – absolutely brilliant in many respects – but there are one or two downers to it. I cannot see how you can try to get yourself back into form at the top of the innings. There’s nothing wrong with being left out. If you are not good enough there are players who can come in and do the job.

    11/29/2014 4:42:27 AM
  • What we need is someone who likes to give it a bit of tap at the order to give us an insight. Over to you Michael Carberry!

    As I’ve found in my career it is a change of mind-set. You have to go into bat in one-day cricket now really thinking more about strike-rate than average and figures. The powerplays are there to be used and it’s more about taking calculated risks rather than reckless risks. With the field up you’ve got to be prepared to take the ball over the top at times or give up your stumps to create angles – it’s really about being creative at the crease and at the moment it’s an area of his game that Cook needs to look at and work harder on.


    11/29/2014 4:46:06 AM
  • MAGNIFICENT MOEEN
    You mean like this? Moeen Ali was magnificent in the opening ODI, when he struck the third fastest ODI hundred by an England player - all be it in a losing cause.

    11/29/2014 4:47:19 AM
  • [bobwillis] I think the 50-over game is getting closer to the T20 format and players are taking their batting from that arena into 50-over cricket. Can you imagine an England batsman scoring 264 in 50 overs? We struggle to get a guy scoring three figures, let alone a double century. England have got to change their mind-set completely and we will find, as time evolves, that the best players in T20 will end up being the best 50-over players as well.


    11/29/2014 4:56:06 AM
  • The toss will now hopefully take place at 5.15am with play getting underway at 5.45am. #SLvENG
  • So just time for a few more reflections on that first ODI. Here's the man of the moment, who has started this tour with the bat like a train...

    11/29/2014 5:08:20 AM
  • It's fair to say that CARBERRY, like the vast majority of us I'm sure, was hugely encouraged by Moeen's knock...

    I think it was the most refreshing thing I’ve seen watching England play in a long time. Moeen Ali showed the English public how one-day cricket should be played. Aggression is the way to go now – it was a beautiful innings to watch.


    11/29/2014 5:16:24 AM
  • England win the toss and bat first. One change for England Stokes out, Finn in.Sri Lanka unchanged. Play starts at 5.45am on SS2.#SLvENG
  • [bobwillis] England had to improve the bowling attack, which was well under par in the opening game. I hope that Finn’s radar is a lot better than some of the other bowlers’ in the last match. It’s sad that Ben Stokes has now become the yo-yo player of this Engalnd side, both at Test level and ODI level. It is going to be very difficult for him to establish himself for the World Cup if he doesn’t get an opportunity in this series. That explosive innings in Perth during the Ashes is becoming a little bit of a distant memory now. It’s a shame that he has missed out.


    11/29/2014 5:24:12 AM
  • So what do you make of the change? Keep tweeting us your view on England's line-up @SkyCricket Do you agree with Ja'mie?
    11/29/2014 5:25:37 AM
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    11/29/2014 5:25:50 AM
  • Updated regulations...

    11/29/2014 5:27:35 AM
  • BOTHAM on England's selection...

    [ianbotham] I agree with Finn in – I don’t agree with Ben Stokes going out. I think it weakens the side. He’s had one game. England were reluctant to play Ravi Bopara and when he got a chance here he did well, he performed as well as anybody in the game. Why on earth England didn’t bowl him more is beyond me. Stokes bats, bowls and fields – he’s had one game and it wasn’t great but I certainly would have kept him in the side. I would have left Harry Gurney out. You’ve got to be a pretty special bowler to only have one dimension to your game.


    11/29/2014 5:31:25 AM
  • Beefy - would have left Gurney out

    11/29/2014 5:31:45 AM
  • Beefy has passed pitch report duties on to Russel Arnold, who agrees that it's the right decision to bat first...

    We’re on the same pitch as the first ODI and it makes sense because we’ve had a lot of rain. This pitch played really well the other day; there are no real scratches and it should play well but slightly on the slower side. But come the evening session I think this pitch will turn a bit.

    11/29/2014 5:34:49 AM
  • THE TOSS - check out what each skipper had to say...
    11/29/2014 5:36:55 AM
  • Alastair Cook & Angelo Mathews pay their respects to Phillip Hughes as the ground observes an emotional silence. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3lhCO8IAAAvME2.jpg

  • England's openers are now on their way...

    11/29/2014 5:42:38 AM
  • Over 1 - England 3-0 (Cook 1, Ali 1)
    We’re up and running! Cook edges the first ball of the match from Mathews to third man to get the board moving. Moeen is off the mark in equally unconvincing fashion after rightly surviving a strong shout for caught behind with a toe-ended heave over midwicket. One additional run from a leg-side wide.
    11/29/2014 5:48:34 AM
  • [wicket] Moeen Ali b Dilshan 2 – England 7-1
    England’s hero of the first ODI goes early on as he aims to swat Dilshan over midwicket but kicks the ball onto his stumps
    11/29/2014 5:52:21 AM
  • Over 2 - England 7-1 (Cook 4, Bell 0)
    Dilshan opens up from the other end, Sri Lanka taking the pace off the ball straight away, and the tactic works as the ball cannons into the stumps off Ali’s pads. There was definitely a spot of turn there as Cook goes back to his first ball and watches circumspectly before cutting a wider delivery away for three.
    11/29/2014 5:53:54 AM
  • Over 3 - England 13-1 (Cook 10, Bell 0)
    There’s no real time to regroup in the powerplay and Cook makes no mistake, pulling a poor Mathews delivery easily in front of square for four. A tentative prod risks dragging the ball onto the stumps but the skipper survives to add a well-worked two to leg. Bell yet to face.
    11/29/2014 5:56:33 AM
  • Over 4 - England 17-1 (Cook 10, Bell 3)
    Half-a-chance for Dilshan as Bell pats back his first delivery, the ball just eluding the spinner’s outstretched hand. It was a finger’s tip away. Bell, making his 150th ODI appearance, whips the final ball of the over to fine leg for a couple. He wanted three but was rightly turned back.
    11/29/2014 5:59:53 AM
  • Over 5 - England 21-1 (Cook 14, Bell 3)
    We have a boundary! Cook finds the gap after picking out extra cover with a crunching drive earlier in the over but is bamboozled by a wider, slower delivery that he definitely did not pick. Good battle this between the skippers.
    11/29/2014 6:03:31 AM
  • Bell's stats in his 150th ODI

    11/29/2014 6:06:20 AM
  • Over 6 - England 27-1 (Cook 16, Bell 7)
    Bell uses his feet to come down the track and although Dilshan adjusts and drags it down, manages to pump it through the off-side for three. Cook does well not to lift his foot as the spinner gets one to grip and go past the outside edge; the skipper then gets lucky as he advances but miscues, the ball dropping short of long-off.
    11/29/2014 6:07:45 AM
  • Over 7 - England 31-1 (Cook 17, Bell 11)
    Herath enters the fray and immediately comes around the wicket to Cook, who collects a single to deep midwicket. The left-armer goes up for a vociferous lbw appeal against Bell but it was always sliding down. English hearts in mouths as Bell dances down the track and just avoids picking out wide long-off. He picks up another two with a slog-sweep – boundaries proving hard to come by.
    11/29/2014 6:12:02 AM
  • Over 8 - England 36-1 (Cook 21, Bell 11)
    Shouts of agony as Cook cuts a quicker delivery off his stumps and just gets away with it. Dilshan cuts an exasperated figure right now – even more so as Cook, who had been struggling to get the ball through the circle, cuts the final ball of the over to third man for four. Pressure reliever, is that.
    11/29/2014 6:14:34 AM
  • [wicket] Bell c T Perera b Herath 11 England 36-2
    Intent, certainly, but the execution isn’t there as Bell aims big but only succeeds in slicing a lofted drive to mid-off
    11/29/2014 6:16:26 AM
  • Over 9 - England 37-2 (Cook 21, Root 0)
    England wobbling here as Root comes in. Bell never really settled and Cook still looks jittery, a tentative prod not quite reaching to slip. A sweep for one denies Herath a wicket maiden.
    11/29/2014 6:19:07 AM
  • [wicket] Cook c K Perera b Dilshan 22 - England 37-3
    Catching practice, is that. Cook gets on the sweep but top edges a simple catch to K Perera behind square.
    11/29/2014 6:21:01 AM
  • Dilshan to Cook - this series

    11/29/2014 6:22:05 AM
  • Alastair Cook has now gone 55 international innings (Test and ODI) without scoring a century - best of 95 with 12 fifties in those 55
  • Alastair Cook's last international century was against New Zealand at Headingley in May 2013
  • Over 10 - England 38-3 (Root 1, Morgan 0)
    Spinning is winning here and Root and Morgan have little option but to bed in for now and try to consolidate. "Sri Lanka have worked England out," says Bumble. "We're going to hit you with spin."
    11/29/2014 6:24:12 AM
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