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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

  • England are bowled out for 185. During the interval we have analysis, news from Australia and highlights of England's innings.#SLvENG
  • England hit 20 fours and 8 sixes in the 1st ODI on the same pitch as today. Today, they have hit just 8 fours and 0 sixes
  • [wicket] Gurney b Prasad 1 – England 185 all out
    Gurney clatters the ball into his poles as England’s sorry innings concludes.
    11/29/2014 8:46:42 AM
  • England hit 7 boundaries v New Zealand at Wellington in Feb 2008. SInce then, today's 8 boundaries in the next lowest (qualification 200b)
  • Over 43 – England 185 all out
    England get a few runs but they look more like crumbs of comfort at this stage rather than part of a challenging total. Gurney’s demise means 186 in 45 overs is the target for Sri Lanka. England are going to have to do something special to avoid going 2-0 down in the series.
    11/29/2014 8:48:16 AM
  • Bopara's fifty the stand-out innings on England's disappointing batting card after winning the toss. #SLvENG http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3mMY0FCMAACqdT.jpg

  • Mendis finished with 3-33 but it was Dilshan who set the tone at the top of the innings. #SLvENG http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3mMoaJCQAAflIr.jpg

  • BOB's VERDICT - needless to say Mr Willis isn't too impressed! Where is the 'Thorpe accumulator?'!
    11/29/2014 9:03:57 AM
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    11/29/2014 9:06:25 AM
  • AUS v INDIA FIRST TEST POSTPONED
    Phillip Hughes' funeral will take place on Wednesday so the first Test against India, which was due to start on Thursday in Brisbane, has been postponed to allow the players time to grieve. Full story. Cricket Australia tribute

    11/29/2014 9:10:51 AM
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    11/29/2014 9:12:11 AM
  • [nickknight] This could be fun. Dilshan won’t take a back seat so expect a good battle."
    11/29/2014 9:15:22 AM
  • Over 1 – Sri Lanka 12-0 (Dilshan 12, K Perera 0)
    Bosh! The recalled Steven Finn starts with a bouncer which Dilshan takes on and the ball flies high and handsome over the slips for four. When Finn tries to repeat the dose his opponent is ready and easily swats the ball behind square. A third boundary ensues with a thick inside edge down the ground. Suddenly the slow outfield doesn’t look quite so slow as Root’s dive proves in vain. Good game for Dilshan – open the bowling, open the batting. Full value. England hit eight fours in the ENTIRE innings, by the way.
    11/29/2014 9:18:30 AM

  • England didn't seem to know exactly where to bowl to Dilshan on Wednesday. They need to work it out today...
    11/29/2014 9:23:09 AM
  • Over 2 – Sri Lanka 17-0 (Dilshan 16, K Perera 0)
    Woakes gets a slice of the treatment too, but not quite so painfully, Dilshan pulling hard and getting a cheeky inside edge away for two between leg and stumps. Another short ball brings two more runs, Dilshan sitting back so he is quickly on the swivel pull. Doesn’t appear to be much swing but given the length England are bowling it’s hard to tell!
    11/29/2014 9:23:28 AM
  • Over 3 – Sri Lanka 22-0 (Dilshan 16, K Perera 5)
    Hammer-time continues as Perera flays Finn through the off-side for a glorious four – proper cricket shot that, rather than slogging – and he picks up another with a cut to third man after doing well to keep out a Finn yorker. Cook comes out of second slip with the ball finding the middle of the bat rather than the edge but it’s wickets England need if they’re going to win this one because they simply haven’t got enough runs on the board.

    11/29/2014 9:27:34 AM
  • Over 4 – Sri Lanka 27-0 (Dilshan 17, K Perera 9)
    Perera guides the ball wide of Cook, now stationed at short, straight-ish cover and on the angle it looked like half-a-chance but replays prove otherwise. At this stage England were 17-1, so the hosts are well ahead of the game.

    11/29/2014 9:31:32 AM
  • [wicket] K Perera c Bopara b Finn 9 – SL 27-1
    Finn goes around the wicket and enjoys instant success, tucking Perera up and his resulting pull shot limps to Bopara at square leg
    11/29/2014 9:33:10 AM

  • Mr Reliable with the bat is Mr Reliable in the field... Bopara grabs the ball to send Perera packing.
    11/29/2014 9:36:06 AM
  • Over 5 – Sri Lanka 27-1 (Dilshan 17, Sangakkara 0)
    So the change in line worked a treat and Finn immediately reverts to over the wicket as the left-handed Sangakkara arrives at the crease. The speed-gun says Finn is bowling at less than 130km/h which, given the seamer’s efforts, has rather got Bumble mystified. Sangakkara has a look at a couple outside his off-stump so Finn goes back around the wicket hoping for more success but nothing doing off the final ball, which Sangakkara leaves.
    11/29/2014 9:37:27 AM
  • Over 6 – Sri Lanka 28-1 (Dilshan 18, Sangakkara 0)
    Cook calls on spin for the first time in the shape of Moeen Ali and he drops onto a nice length, Dilshan scampering a leg-side single off the first ball. Sangakkara looks to play around the corner and the ball balloons just short of short fine leg prompting an agonising grimace from Cook.
    11/29/2014 9:41:22 AM
  • Over 7 – Sri Lanka 36-1 (Dilshan 26, Sangakkara 0)
    There’s a confident lbw appeal from Finn against Dilshan first up but there was a bit of bat involved and Hawkeye shows it was going down the leg-side so Finn’s decision not to review was spot on. Dilshan uses rather more of the bat – the full face, in fact – to guide a sumptuous straight drive down the ground for four. Another boundary follows as Finn digs it in and Dilshan pivots just in time to pull it away.
    11/29/2014 9:45:19 AM

  • Finn wanted Dilshan out lbw but his delivery slipped too far towards leg.
    11/29/2014 9:45:27 AM
  • [wicket] Dilshan c Woakes b 26 Ali SL 37-2
    Big wicket, this, as Dilshan advances and skies a steepling chance that Woakes eventually clings onto with Eoin Morgan loitering in collision range
    11/29/2014 9:48:34 AM
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    Woakes avoids clattering into Morgan to pouch the free-scoring Dilshan. Game on? 
    11/29/2014 9:49:18 AM
  • Over 8 – Sri Lanka 41-2 (Sangakkara 5, Jayawardene 0)
    The wicket ball burst through the top, as predicted by Russel Arnold in his pitch report before play, so don’t abandon hope yet England fans! England still have a review after deciding not to challenge a strong lbw shout against Sangakkara, which was given not out and replays showed was clipping at best. Sangakkara tucks into a short ball to cut hard for four in glorious fashion.
    11/29/2014 9:51:29 AM
  • Over 9 – Sri Lanka 42-2 (Sangakkara 5, Jayawardene 0)
    Gurney zips his first two balls past the edge of Jayawardene, who was rather feeling for the ball, but slips the third down leg-side after Cook brings in a slip. Who’d be a captain, right? That’s the powerplay done and dusted in this 45-over-a-side game.
    11/29/2014 9:55:33 AM
  • Over 10 – Sri Lanka 45-2 (Sangakkara 6, Jayawardene 1)
    Bell starts to take evasive action at leg slip – and who can blame him – as Ali slips in a short ball that seems destined to be slammed in his direction but Jayawardene fails to make proper contact. Jayawardene gets off the mark 11th ball off the final ball of the over, which included another single and a wide.
    11/29/2014 9:59:23 AM
  • Over 11 – Sri Lanka 48-2 (Sangakkara 7, Jayawardene 3)
    Sangakkara has to get his skates on as Morgan collects a drop down and shies at the non-striker’s end, Root doing well to collect the throw backing up. England are just about hanging in there at present – runs drying up a little following Dilshan’s departure.
    11/29/2014 10:02:59 AM
  • Sangakkara scampers to safety following a run-out attempt.

    11/29/2014 10:03:57 AM
  • Over 12 – Sri Lanka 59-2 (Sangakkara 7, Jayawardene 13)
    Jayawardene drives against the spin to pick up two and bring up Sri Lanka’s fifty off 11.2 overs and he collects four more with a swing to leg that Finn can’t stop – his knee in contact with the rope as he flicked the ball back. What was that about runs drying up? Jayawardene sweeps as Ali drifts towards leg and gets a touch of glove on it, the ball scurrying away for four in a way it wasn’t earlier this morning.
    11/29/2014 10:07:13 AM
  • Over 13 – Sri Lanka 61-2 (Sangakkara 8, Jayawardene 14)
    Tredwell, who took two wickets with his final two balls of the first ODI, can’t make it three in three as Sangakkara plays out to square leg. Two more dots follow before a single turns the strike over to Jayawardene, who simply rocks back and turns the ball down to fine leg for a single. Just a couple off the over but the required run-rate is shy of four so no need to panic.
    11/29/2014 10:10:14 AM
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  • Over 14 – Sri Lanka 68-2 (Sangakkara 14, Jayawardene 15)
    Sri Lanka have their 10th four as Sangakkara expertly sweeps Ali into the vast open spaces behind square, then enjoys a slice of luck as he aims to go over mid-on and the ball slices over cover into another gap. Seven runs off that over.
    11/29/2014 10:13:31 AM
  • Russel Arnold suggests England need to get rid of one, or both, of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene pronto.
    The longer they spend together the more pressure there is on England.

    11/29/2014 10:15:59 AM
  • Over 15 – Sri Lanka 71-2 (Sangakkara 14, Jayawardene 18)
    Expert invention from Jayawardene, who opens the face and guides Tredwell through third man for a couple – easy as you like. Sangakkara goes back to the final ball off the over and plays it with worrying ease off middle stump. Dare I say it, these two are starting to look very comfortable indeed.
    11/29/2014 10:16:17 AM
  • Over 16 – Sri Lanka 74-2 (Sangakkara 14, Jayawardene 19)
    Gurney gambols in and limits the batsmen to a couple of leg byes and a single. A diving Tredwell at cover prevents any further damage. Top diving stop, that.
    11/29/2014 10:23:56 AM

  • Sri Lanka are the clear favourites here.
    11/29/2014 10:24:12 AM
  • Over 17 – Sri Lanka 78-2 (Sangakkara 15, Jayawardene 22)
    Tredwell stays in the thick of the action but can’t counter some delicate batsmanship from Jayawardene, who deftly opens the face and collects a couple through third man before sweeping nicely for a single. Sangakkara has faced 35 balls now – once more than his partner. No urgency – the guys are just doing the job required.
    11/29/2014 10:26:29 AM
  • Over 18 – Sri Lanka 85-2 (Sangakkara 17, Jayawardene 27)
    Clippage! Jayawardene leans on a full Gurney delivery and with a wristy flick deposits it to the square leg rope with embarrassing ease – or rather the flair we’ve come to expect of him. Stokes, dropped for Finn today, is on the field with Moeen Ali the man missing for the moment. No word of why.
    11/29/2014 10:30:17 AM

  • He's scored fifty and taken a catch - but will Bopara get a bowl? His oft-underrated medium pacers may be worth a try.
    11/29/2014 10:31:43 AM
  • Over 19 – Sri Lanka 89-2 (Sangakkara 19, Jayawardene 29)
    How’s your luck? Tredwell’s doesn’t seem to be in as Sangakkara rather miscues a drive but the ball balloons pas the two fielders in the covers. Jayawardene, far more convincingly, lifts the spinner over midwicket for a couple to bring up the 50 partnership. England need a breakthrough – or three – quickly or this game will disappear.
    11/29/2014 10:33:59 AM
  • This is the 95th time in all international cricket that Mahela and Kumar have added a 50-stand together - well ahead of Tend/Ganguly 83
  • In ODI cricket, it is the 44th occasion that Mahela/Kumar have added 50, trailing Tendulkar/Ganguly (55) and Gilchrist/Hayden (45)
  • Over 20 – Sri Lanka 91-2 (Sangakkara 20, Jayawardene 30)
    Cook rings a change recalling Finn but with no need to take any risks, Sangakkara and Jayawardene are happy to ride out the over picking up runs where they can. Local reports (from Russel Arnold) state that some inclement weather has just bypassed the ground and with 20 overs gone in Sri Lanka’s reply we now have a game and the reserve day won’t be necessary. The gangly seamer is finally given a short leg after an exchange between Root and Cook and responds with a couple of short deliveries, one that Jayawardene swings at and one he easily ducks under.
    11/29/2014 10:40:26 AM
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