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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

    11/29/2014 3:58:00 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

    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.

    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
    Next up is ANGELO MATHEWS, who looks suitably chuffed with his side's work...

    The bowlers set the tone for us - they were brilliant up front - and Mahela and Sanga showed us how to bat on those wickets. Our fielding picked up a little bit in the last two games - I thought we were pretty poor in the Indian series. But we can still improve."

    11/29/2014 12:07:20 PM
    MAHELA JAYAWARDENE takes the man-of-the-match honours...

    "When we lost a couple of wickets early we needed to make sure that still batted positively and get that period out of the way. Kumar and I batted a good 10-15 overs very cautiously to make sure that we didn't get into trouble and once we assessed the conditions and pace of the wicket, the boundaries came along."

    11/29/2014 12:09:24 PM
    So what of Alastair Cook, who was out for 22 sweeping? MARK RAMPRAKASH told Ian Ward...

    I thought he shaped up very well today. He went to a go-to shot that is a strength of his and got a bit of a top edge and it carried a long way. He has made a shift on this trip so far. He’s open to new ideas, he’s open to evolving his game. He’s hitting the ball well in practice. I thought his footwork was good today and it was a surprise when he got out.

    11/29/2014 12:13:06 PM
    Thanks for joining us today. The third ODI is coming your way on Wednesday at 8.30am on SS2 so make sure you join us then! Here's BEEFY to have the final word. Let us know your thoughts on his view by tweeting @SkyCricket.

    I would bring in Alex Hales at the top of the order with Moeen Ali – so that means that Cook has to step down.  I would make Morgan captain because I think that’s just what he needs – I think he thinks a bit more out of the box."

    11/29/2014 12:45:32 PM
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