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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

  • Over 11 - England 44-3 (Root 2, Morgan 5)
    More calamity is only just avoided as Root and Morgan end up on the same running path but don’t quite succeed in taking each other out. Morgan reverse sweeps his fifth ball for four with lightning-quick hands and collects another single with some much better running off the last ball of the over.
    11/29/2014 6:27:00 AM
  • Over 12 - England 47-3 (Root 3, Morgan 7)
    Both of these batsmen are using their feet well against but can’t afford to go too high-risk against Dilshan with the scoreboard as it is - a batch of singles resulting. Root already needs new gloves…
    11/29/2014 6:30:11 AM
  • Over 13 - England 52-3 (Root 6, Morgan 9)
    Mathews turns to Mendis, who gets the ball with a bit more zip and Root uses that pace to work the ball behind point for a couple. Morgan tickles the final ball through the vacant square leg area to keep the strike.
    11/29/2014 6:33:04 AM
  • Over 14 - England 58-3 (Root 9, Morgan 12)
    The finest of glances brings Root, now sporting a cap rather than a helmet, three off Dilshan much to the bowler’s chagrin. Russel Arnold agrees with Bumble that England have made the mistake of trying to go too big too early – the line between dynamism and patience seems as fraught as ever.
    11/29/2014 6:37:10 AM
  • Over 15 - England 61-3 (Root 10, Morgan 14)
    The slow outfield costs England another couple of runs, Morgan’s cut pulling up short of the rope when usually it would have reached easily. Mathews continues to keep his field up as Mendis plugs away.
    11/29/2014 6:39:51 AM
  • Over 16 - England 64-3 (Root 13, Morgan 14)
    Shot of the day so far brings Root a couple – he stands tall and punches Dilshan off the back foot through extra cover but can’t repeat the dose as he misjudges the length and gets dangerously tucked up. Root collects a third run off the over with a simple leg-side nudge.
    11/29/2014 6:42:25 AM
  • The scorecard as things stand after 16 overs.

    11/29/2014 6:42:33 AM
  • Over 16 - England 67-3 (Root 15, Morgan 15)
    “Yeah, yeah, yeah” yells Morgan as he scurries through for a single to mid-off off Mendis, one of only hard-earned three runs off the over. Even Morgan’s reverse-sweep this time yields a blank.
    11/29/2014 6:45:40 AM
  • Over 18 - England 70-3 (Root 15, Morgan 15)
    Dilshan wraps up his nine-over spell (that’s his full allocation in this rain-restricted game which is now 45-overs-a-side) with another tight over to finish with 2-32. The spinner was convinced that he had Root lbw but umpire Steve Davis ruled the ball is sliding down the leg-side. It’s nip-and-tuck, so much so that the decision stays with the on-field umpire but, wow, that was close! Sri Lanka lose their review.
    11/29/2014 6:52:49 AM
  • Root survives - just!

    11/29/2014 6:53:36 AM
  • Over 19 - England 74-3 (Root 18, Morgan 17)
    Mendis rather lets himself down with a wide first up but rallies well to concede only three singles off the over. Root’s cleverly played late cut threatens to break the ring but can’t escape the clutches of third man.
    11/29/2014 6:55:48 AM
  • [wicket] Morgan c Thirimanne b T Perera 17 - England 75-4
    The change to seam works. That was a very soft dismissal as Morgan poked at the ball with hard hands. He was through the shot way too early and caught at extra cover.
    11/29/2014 6:59:16 AM
  • Over 20 - England 75-4 (Root 19, Bopara 0)
    Mathews makes the call, returns to seam, and is rewarded instantly. Morgan simply couldn’t believe what he had done and rather wearily trudges off. Bopara now has the chance to show what he can do with a decent few overs to bat through, although once again he finds himself in with England up against it!
    11/29/2014 7:01:48 AM
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  • Over 21 – England 81-4 (Root 23, Bopara 2)
    A thick inside edge off Herath brings Root a rare three and Bopara is off the mark with a couple of singles. England have only hit four fours in 21 overs.
    11/29/2014 7:05:35 AM
  • Over 22 – England 89-4 (Root 24, Bopara 9)
    No news yet on when that first Test will get underway. Bopara flicks T Perera wide of mid-on for three and Root uses the pace to guide the ball down to third man for a single. England have a fifth boundary – their first in 68 balls – as Bopara drives elegantly through the off-side.
    11/29/2014 7:09:37 AM
  • Over 23 – England 94-4 (Root 29, Bopara 9)
    One almost brings two but the sodden outfield prevents Root’s slog-sweep off Herath from reaching the rope. Herath finishes with three dots and now has figures of 1-23 off five.
    11/29/2014 7:12:45 AM
  • Over 24 – England 101-4 (Root 34, Bopara 10)
    T Perera pays the punishment for straying towards leg as Root helps the ball away for a boundary. The Yorkshireman throws everything at the next delivery but misses out, simply snicking the ball nowhere. The hundred comes up off 23.4 overs. A diving Dilshan exemplifies the quality of Sri Lanka’s ground fielding today and denies Root a cut-hard four.
    11/29/2014 7:16:24 AM
  • Over 25 – England 108-4 (Root 38, Bopara 13)
    Chance? A wry smile from Sangakkara suggests Root may have got a little bit of bat or glove on an attempted sweep off Mendis. It was down the leg-side and wasn’t signalled a wide. It looks like it might have taken the glove on its way through – so a let-off for Root, but a very difficult chance if indeed it was one.
    11/29/2014 7:22:25 AM
  • Over 26 – England 113-4 (Root 40, Bopara 16)
    Slight hesitation in the running gives Sri Lanka a chance of a run out but he can’t gather and the batsmen are safely through. Root moves into the forties with a whipped leg-side single off Mathews.
    11/29/2014 7:25:24 AM
  • Over 27 – England 117-4 (Root 42, Bopara 18)
    Mendis toils away and England are content to collect singles for now, presumably preparing themselves for the big charge. We can at least hope…
    11/29/2014 7:28:46 AM
  • [wicket] Root lbw Mathews 42 – England 117-5
    Mathews is in irrepressible form today, striking Root with his first ball back. Root thinks about the review but Bopara says don’t bother – it’s hitting middle and leg.
    11/29/2014 7:29:55 AM
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    11/29/2014 7:31:05 AM
  • Over 28 – England 120-5 (Bopara 19, Buttler 1 )
    “It was promising from Root,” says Bumble. “He just missed a straight ball.” Ah, the dreaded straight one. Buttler is the new man in and shows some nifty footwork as he prods half forward and the ball threatens to roll back onto his stumps. England need to go at eight-an-over from here on it to get up to 250. It looks a long way off right now.
    11/29/2014 7:34:13 AM
  • Over 29 – England 124-5 (Bopara 21, Buttler 3)
    Bopara clips ball one for a single to move into the twenties but some excellent fielding prevents Buttler following suit before the Lancashire man chips just short of the fielder next up to add one more to England’s total. Bopara and Buttler rush through for another pair of singles and a dot finishes the over.

    11/29/2014 7:37:57 AM
  • Over 30 – England 126-5 (Bopara 22, Buttler 4)
    A quiet over yields just two runs for England but Sangakkara shows his athleticism to dive down the leg side and stop the ball tricking away for another. Good economy rates from the Sri Lankan bowlers here with Mathews perhaps the pick of attack so far.

    11/29/2014 7:42:02 AM
  • Over 31 – England 130-5 (Bopara 26, Buttler 5)
    Bopara looks to score from some dab sweeps but not with great success as Sangakkara reads his plan of attack well. Buttler will be on strike at the beginning of over 32, though, after knocking into the off side off the final ball. He’s still got plenty of overs to get himself him before going big.

    11/29/2014 7:46:13 AM
  • [wicket] Buttler b Prasad 7 – Eng – 132-6
    A bit of nip-back bowling from Prasad clatters into Buttler’s poles, meaning a potentially dynamic player is back in the hutch. England are going to need their long tail here.

    11/29/2014 7:51:06 AM
  • Buttler - cleaned out via an inside edge

    11/29/2014 7:51:42 AM
  • Over 32 – England 132-6 (Bopara 26, Woakes 0)
    Here comes Prasad and here comes a sweet drive from Buttler for a couple, followed by a you-shalt-not-pass forward defence from the batsman and nice little seamer past the outside edge by the bowler. That last ball is a sign of things to come as Prasad removes Buttler next up before new batter Woakes plays out the over.

    11/29/2014 7:53:46 AM
  • Over 33 – England 135-6 (Bopara 27, Woakes 1)
    A few singles are milked as England contemplate how to combat the final 10 overs or so. Bopara built a good foundation on Wednesday before looking to score more rapidly. England need him to do the same on this occasion.

    11/29/2014 7:57:19 AM
  • Over 34 – England 138-6 (Bopara 28, Woakes 2)
    As Bumble natters about temples, seafood, elephants and hotels, Prasad gets some movement off the pitch, whistling one just past the edge of Bopara’s blade. A stud issue on Bopara’s boot causes a momentary delay but we're back underway.

    11/29/2014 8:03:14 AM
  • Over 35 – England 143-6 (Bopara 32, Woakes 3)
    A little bit of turn from Herath doesn’t overly trouble England, who, says Russel Arnold, will have a bit of belief of they can post a score of 200. Bopara will be looking at that minimum, you'd have thought.

    11/29/2014 8:06:39 AM
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  • Over 36 – England 149-6 (Bopara 33, Woakes 7)
    The runs are drying up a little here. Sri Lanka are fielding extremely well and Ian Ward reckons England have been too timid. We’ve heard that before… Bopara plays a high delivery, called a no-ball by the umpire, smartly, while Woakes then picks up four, despite the despairing dive of Herath. Sri Lanka aren’t perfect in the field then.

    11/29/2014 8:10:39 AM
  • England need a few mighty high 'Manhattans' now...

    11/29/2014 8:11:19 AM
  • Over 37 – England 153-6 (Bopara 35, Woakes 9)
    England pass the 150 mark and there are signs Bopara is ready to up the ante, though he splices down the ground rather than hitting cleanly. Four more added then for England, who have had many starts in this innings but nothing substantial.

    11/29/2014 8:14:22 AM
  • Over 38 – England 163-6 (Bopara 40, Woakes 14)
    A crisply-timed straight drive from Bopara off Ajantha Mendis does not reach the ropes, with Jeevan Mendis getting down smartly. Some speedy running and a clip to the boundary from Woakes, which Jayawardene can’t quite grasp, ends a good over for the visitors.

    11/29/2014 8:18:45 AM
  • Over 39 – England 166-6 (Bopara 42, Woakes 15)
    Ajantha Mendis dives into some sawdust to block what looked like a certain boundary and emphasise Sri Lanka’s commitment in the field. The ball returns to him off Bopara, who is going down the ground regularly now but has yet to really middle one.

    11/29/2014 8:22:13 AM
  • England's boundary count is well down on the first #SLvENG ODI... http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3mGXjACUAAziPj.jpg

  • [wicket] Woakes st Sangakkara b Mendis 15 – England –173-7
    Woakes comes looking for the big shot against Mendis, and is stumped by the keeper. Mendis got just enough of his foot on the line for the delivery to be legal.

    11/29/2014 8:26:37 AM
  • Over 41 – England 180-7 (Bopara 51, Tredwell 5)
    Bopara continues his excellent one-day form by reaching 50 before a bit of drama results in a run-out attempt going to the third umpire. Tredwell was well in, though, and he picks up two down the ground to end the over.

    11/29/2014 8:35:16 AM
  • [wicket] Bopara ct Mathews b Mendis 51
    Bopara hangs his head after trying to fetch Mendis and hitting the ball flat to the Sri Lankan skipper at midwicket.
    11/29/2014 8:36:18 AM
  • [wicket] Finn b Mendis 0
    Two balls is all it takes as Mendis tosses the ball up, gets a bit of turn and the ball clatters into the stumps off the inside edge.
    11/29/2014 8:38:26 AM
  • Over 42 – England 180-9 (Tredwell 5 Gurney 0)
    Disaster for England as both Bopara and Finn depart. 200 looks a long way from here…

    11/29/2014 8:41:41 AM
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