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Sri Lanka v England - third ODI

Over-by-over commentary from the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.

  • ENG WIN BY 5 WKTS ON D/L
    Eng 236-5 off 33.4 ovs
    Buttler (55no) & Root (48no) put on 84
    Sri Lanka 242-8 off 35 ovs
    Sangakkara passes 13,000 career ODI runs


    12/2/2014 7:53:53 PM
  • WELCOME TO HAMBANTOTA…
    …where England will attempt to improve a dreadful run of form that has seen them lose seven of their last eight matches. The weather seems set fair for a prompt start so let’s hope nothing inclement blows in to delay this third ODI between Alastair Cook’s side and Sri Lanka.
    12/3/2014 7:59:00 AM

  • 12/3/2014 8:03:00 AM
  • Before the toss, though, let’s reflect on the FUNERAL OF PHILLIP HUGHES, which took place earlier today in his hometown of Macksville. Attended by thousands of mourners, it was a poignant and emotional service in which the tributes continued to flow.
    12/3/2014 8:07:00 AM
  • Australia captain MICHAEL CLARKE was among the pallbearers and also spoke during the service, Hughes had "the heart of a man who lived his life for this wonderful game we play." He added: "His spirit has touched the game, and the SCG will forever be a sacred ground for me." The skipper also repeated words that Hughes used to say to him during games…
    12/3/2014 8:10:00 AM
  • CLARKE TRIBUTE
    "We must dig in and get through to tea, and we must play on. So rest in peace, my little brother. I'll see you out in the middle."


    12/3/2014 8:13:00 AM
  • AN EMOTIONAL FAREWELL
    12/3/2014 8:16:00 AM
  • In the spirit of those words let’s press on and consider today’s game. Sir Ian Botham called again for Cook to stand down from the ODI captaincy in the wake of England’s eight-wicket defeat in Colombo on Saturday and remains nonetheless bullish this morning – particularly on the subject of selection.
    12/3/2014 8:19:00 AM
  • [ianbotham] To be honest it wouldn’t be hard for England to play a lot better than they did in Colombo. England have been extremely disappointing. I think the team selection has been disappointing and I think there is a lot of room to manoeuvre. I don’t think we’ve got close to picking our best one-day side. Where’s Gary Ballance?  People are asking this question. He averages over 50. I bet some guys out there wish they had that sort of average. England have got a lot of work to do – they are running out of time and they need to start manning up.


    12/3/2014 8:24:00 AM
  • Unofficially, we're hearing that Alex Hales and Chris Jordan will play - but that's not confirmed at this stage...
    12/3/2014 8:24:03 AM
  • So it’s over to the selectors. Have they the nerve to rest Ian Bell, who averages 34 in 15 ODI matches this year, or Morgan – whose average this year is 28 – and bring in Alex Hales, James Taylor et al? And what of Cook? Well, Beefy is unflinching…
    12/3/2014 8:26:00 AM
  • [ianbotham] Alastair Cook hasn’t been in my one-day side for about a year-and-a-half. It is not a reflection on him – I like the guy; he’s good company and we have a lot of things in common. But in the interests of English cricket I would rather just see him captaining the Test side. The problem is that playing one-day cricket is actually affecting his Test form. In one-day cricket he is too rigid, too limited and not flexible enough to come to terms with the way the game is played now.


    12/3/2014 8:29:00 AM
  • BUMBLE tells SSN HQ he has some potentially bad news for Taylor and Hales fans... but is he right?

    [davidlloyd] It’s a guessing game as to what England will do. I don’t think they will change the batting – I think that will stay much the same – but there was no Harry Gurney in practice and I think Ben Stokes will come into the team instead of Gurney and the rest will be the same. There has got to be a cut-off point when Hales and Taylor, who in my opinion would strengthen this side easily, would be in the best side. So for a number of players this might be their last game."


    12/3/2014 8:31:00 AM
  • We're on air on SS2 - toss coming up very shortly! #SLvENG http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B36uanGCIAA-762.jpg

  • Sri Lanka win the toss & bat first. Engand make 3 changes Hales, Stokes & Jordan in for Bell, Gurney& Tredwell #SLvENG
  • Confirmation of the teams with Hales in at three for Bell, Gurney & Tredwell making way for Stokes & Jordan. #SLvENG http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B36vRJzCcAEdgGH.jpg

  • THE PUNDITS' VIEW

    Bob Willis
    I’m very pleased to see the changes. All 15 players need to be utilised to see which is the best team for the World Cup. I see Stokes, Woakes and Jordan battling it out for one place when Broad and Anderson return.


    Michael Carberry

    The team needed a bit more of a dynamic feel with the bat but I am surprised we’ve only gone in with two spinners [Moeen and Root] knowing that the ball does turn, especially in the backend of the innings.”



    David Lloyd
    Jordan and Stokes have had a shocker so far so they’ll be pleased to get into the team. Bell will be smarting at being left out but he hasn’t been producing.
    12/3/2014 8:41:26 AM
  • Carberry: "Alex has got the ability to hit the ball 360 & long. If I was him I wouldn't do anything differently." http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B36yW13CEAAP5yK.jpg

  • YOUR VIEWS...

    [twitter]

    12/3/2014 8:55:39 AM
  • Michael Carberry is delighted that Steven Finn has returned to the international set-up.
    It’s really good to see Finny back. It was heart-breaking to see a lovely and very talented young guy lose form in Australia so badly, but he has done the technical work and let’s hope he goes from strength to strength.
    12/3/2014 8:56:57 AM
  • Sri Lanka's openers are on their way out. Watch live on SS2 or follow the action via our blog: www1.skysports.com/live-scores/cr… http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3603mXCQAAChhK.jpg

  • Over 1 – SL 3-0 (Dilshan 3, K Perera 0)
    Bumble is looking anxiously at the skies as Finn opens the bowling and Dilshan picks up two. Good fielding from Woakes, who has recovered from a stomach bug to figure here, prevents a first-ball boundary. Finn responds with two dot balls before Dilshan carves one away for a single. Perera’s first move is to defend.

    12/3/2014 9:03:50 AM
  • [wicket] K Perera c Morgan b Woakes 0 – SL 6-1
    Perera cracks one to Morgan at backward point. Great start for England and for Woakes, who Bob Willis reckons is in a fight to secure a spot in his country's World Cup squad.
    12/3/2014 9:08:46 AM
  • Over 2 – SL 6-1 (Dilshan 6, Sangakkara 0)
    Woakes begins from the other end. Dilshan swipes one high first up but over the fielder and to safety. The veteran runs two before he inside-edges onto his pad from the next cherry. A scampered single is taken from the third delivery before Morgan pouches Perera. Enter Sangakkara, who defends stoutly, but this isn't good news...

    12/3/2014 9:11:06 AM
  • Here come the covers with SL 6-1 off 2 after the loss of K Perera for a duck. Looking stormy... #SLvENG http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3634OiCIAAnkwk.jpg

  • Michael Carberry says it is the right call to take the players off in Hambantota.
    There’s no point waiting for it to rain. Just get the covers on. But England have put Sri Lanka under pressure with that early wicket.
    12/3/2014 9:16:27 AM
  • With the heavens opening, thoughts in the studio have turned to spin. Bob Willis has his ideas on why England are struggling to find front-line twirlers…
    [bobwillis]The problem for our young spinners is that they often get their first chance in one-day cricket, which is very tough with the opposition looking to get after them. Also, with two divisions in the County Championship, every match is so valuable with teams so desperate for promotion and to avoid relegation. Therefore, those opportunities don’t come around for spinners.
    12/3/2014 9:24:44 AM
  • Michael Carberry has also given his thoughts on how to play spin in ODIs. He reckons you have to take risks.
    We sometimes try to hang in there and wait to score, whereas in Australia they went after our spinners from ball one. At the top level, I think you have to create scoring opportunities and be prepared to leave your crease. You need to keep your boundary intent and then look to tick over the ones or twos. If you are doing that in the middle part of an innings, you are going to chase down most totals.
    12/3/2014 9:35:28 AM
  • Mmm. Things looking pretty grim here right now.

    12/3/2014 9:38:54 AM
  • Let's hope for the best on the weather front. While we wait for the clouds to clear, let's go back to the start of today and hear what each captain had to say at the toss...
    12/3/2014 9:43:13 AM
  • TODAY'S TOSS
    12/3/2014 9:43:37 AM
  • So three changes for England but still no Taylor, which has vexed some of you out there...
    12/3/2014 9:51:27 AM
  • [twitter]

    12/3/2014 9:53:54 AM
  • [twitter]
    Here's Flat Track Bully's thoughts on England's spin options. Keep them coming in @SkyCricket

    12/3/2014 9:56:22 AM
  • Steven Finn is leading the England attack in the absence of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Here are his feelings on his return to the international side.

    12/3/2014 10:01:12 AM
  • We in jungle country here . Spectacular rain and miles from anywhere . We got no fans #WealdstoneRaider
  • England are 2-0 down in this seven-match series following a pair of defeats in Colombo. Highlights from game one, a clash in which centurion Moeen Ali starred for the visitors, are being shown on Sky Sports 2 as the ground staff in Hambantota deal with the deluge.
    12/3/2014 10:15:28 AM
  • Good news: the rain has relented. Bad news: it could be a couple of hours before play resumes in Hambantota. Stick with us for updates.
    12/3/2014 10:21:13 AM
  • You can enjoy the best bits of Moeen's ton from the first ODI in Colombo right now on SS2, a knock which really impressed Matt Prior and Marcus Trescothick.
    12/3/2014 10:24:02 AM
  • Moeen's century was the third-fastest for England in ODIs, coming off 72 balls.

    12/3/2014 10:24:41 AM
  • Happy birthday to @markbutcher72 ... who is 42 years and 102 days old today! #heisnotMarkBoucheryouknow

  • Light is peeking through the clouds and the covers are being peeled off. It's not quite beachwear weather in Hambantota but play looks increasingly likely.
    12/3/2014 10:43:09 AM
  • IAN WARD delivers an update from Hambantota…
    We have had torrential rain and there is a lot of water to clean off the sheets. There is no problem with the pitch or the bowlers’ run up but we need to see what’s under the covers. The latest we can start is 2.30pm GMT which would be a 20-over a side game."

    12/3/2014 10:48:40 AM
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