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Sri Lanka v England - third ODI

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

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    12/3/2014 10:54:55 AM
  • THE COOK CONUNDRUM
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    12/3/2014 10:57:25 AM
  • As the clear-up operation continues in Hambantota, we are bringing you the best bits from the second ODI, in Colombo, on Sky Sports 2. Enjoy - especially if you are a Sri Lanka supporter.
    12/3/2014 11:01:46 AM
  • Batting coach Mark Ramprakash says England failed to adapt on Saturday as they were beaten by eight wickets.

    12/3/2014 11:02:44 AM
  • Ravi Bopara gave his backing to skipper Cook and reckons England must take collective responsibility for their one-day woes.

    12/3/2014 11:08:03 AM
  • A pitch inspection is expected in Hambantota at 11.30am, just over 15 minutes from now. Bumble is confident of witnessing some action.
    12/3/2014 11:13:44 AM
  • Think we will get cricket ... Ground almost clear ... Could be 30 ish overs each
  • This was the moment earlier this morning when Eoin Morgan showed safe hands to catch Kusal Perera off the bowling of Chris Woakes.

    12/3/2014 11:30:50 AM

  • Work continues apace in Hambantota as the umpires stroll out for their inspection. Fingers crossed, everybody, fingers crossed.
    12/3/2014 11:37:52 AM
  • Loving the use of 'sponges' to mop up the heavy rains - reminds me of @PrestwichSport 3rd XI v Rochdale Catholic Club 2nds in 2003! #gameoff
  • [davidlloyd] I am right up in the rafters. It’s full of pigeons and I’m going to be lucky to get away with this…"
    12/3/2014 11:41:05 AM
  • ONTO THE CRICKET...
    [davidlloyd] The talk in the press centre is that if we get a T20 game Hales might open and Cook may come in at eight!”
    12/3/2014 11:42:59 AM
  • The umpires have not yet reached a conclusion on when - or if - play can recommence. They'll have a gander again in 30 minutes or so.
    12/3/2014 11:47:34 AM
  • Do you remember May 31, 2014? You should do. It was the day Jos Buttler produced pyrotechnics against Sri Lanka at Lord's to score England's fastest ODI century. Buttler's ton came off a mere 61 balls and you can relive that pulsating knock on Sky Sports 2 now.
    12/3/2014 11:56:24 AM
  • Here's what England's talented wicketkeeper-batsman had to say prior to the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka.

    12/3/2014 11:56:54 AM

  • Umpires Palliyaguruge and Fry are surveying the scene once more.
    12/3/2014 12:11:00 PM
  • Hooray! Play is due to start at 12.45pm, with the game now a 35-over per side contest. Who does that favour? @SkyCricket
    12/3/2014 12:22:32 PM

  • Here are the revised playing conditions.
    12/3/2014 12:23:53 PM
  • NICK’S NATTERINGS
    [nickknight]
    On Alastair Cook:
    If I was in charge of this side, I would put Hales up to open with Moeen and Cook down to perhaps eight or nine. But the selectors might say a shortened game will give Cook the chance to free his arms, find the middle of the bat and get a score, so I’d be surprised to see him drop down the order.


    On the IPL:
    If there’s a chance for Stokes, Buttler and good young English players to be exposed to the IPL [they should take it]. It demystifies the international game and to share a dressing room with top players rubs away the fear factor you have of them. Playing is front of packed houses is also a great experience.
    12/3/2014 12:34:37 PM
  • [bobwillis]Without Jayawardene and in a shortened game in which they will be batting second and know exactly what to do, England will have high hopes of winning this."
    12/3/2014 12:41:06 PM
  • Right - here come the teams again...

    12/3/2014 12:43:12 PM
  • A quick reminder of how Sri Lanka are 6-1.

    12/3/2014 12:43:29 PM

  • Here are the teams. No Jayawardene for the hosts due to a personal situation. Recalls for Hales, Stokes and Jordan for the tourists.
    12/3/2014 12:46:37 PM
  • Over 3 – SL 14-1 (Dilshan 14, Sangakkara 0)
    Finn, who had an extensive warm-up in the outfield, is bang on the money first up to Dilshan who responds with a sweet upper cut, helping the ball to the third man rope. The floodlights are definitely full beam despite a couple of swing and misses from Dilshan, who collects a second boundary off the final ball of the over with an exquisite drive.
    12/3/2014 12:48:52 PM
  • Over 4 – SL 23-1 (Dilshan 22, Sangakkara 1)
    Crunch. Buffet bowling from Woakes and Dilshan tucks in, crashing a short and wide ball just out of Morgan’s reach at point. A second short one also gets the treatment, pulled hard for four and once again England are leaking boundaries. Boy, he looks in good nick. Sangakkara squirts a single behind square to get off the mark.
    12/3/2014 12:53:06 PM
  • [wicket] Dilshan c Buttler b Finn 23 - SL 30-2
    Easiest of catches for Buttler as one bounces on Dilshan, who nicks behind to bring an end to an impressive cameo.
    12/3/2014 12:57:18 PM
  • Over 5 – SL 30-2 (Sangakkara 7, Kandamby 0)
    Didn’t see that coming! England were started to wobble before that breakthrough as the charge was on! Kandamby in for Jayawardene today. Sangakkara sprinted a single off the first ball and got the dive out to beat Root’s shy at the stumps. Finn continued with the short stuff against Dilshan, who must have felt rather short-changed only collecting a single. Sangakkara joined the party, effortlessly cutting ANOTHER short, wide delivery out the middle. Result? Four runs - but then the wicket.
    12/3/2014 12:59:55 PM
  • [wicket] Kandamby c Jordan b Woakes 0 – SL 31-3
    Jordan safely pouches at slip as Kandamby attempts to run Woakes down to third man – missed opportunity with Jayawardene missing.
    12/3/2014 1:03:28 PM

  • The Sri Lanka skipper is in much, much earlier than he would have anticipated...
    12/3/2014 1:04:38 PM
  • Over 6 – SL 31-3 (Sangakkara 8, Mathews 0)
    Kandamby lasted just two balls on his big day – and he’ll kick himself for the shot, as he was simply trying to guide the ball away. Is the door open for England here? Separating these two early would be a big bonus.
    12/3/2014 1:05:47 PM
  • [nickknight] I thought leaving Tredwell out was strange but in a 35-over game, with Woakes and Jordan at nine and 10, England have plenty of batting. By default, this has turned out well.
    12/3/2014 1:07:21 PM
  • Over 7 – SL 35-3 (Sangakkara 12, Mathews 0)
    It’s feast of famine from England’s bowlers right now – Finn serving up a wide delivery that Sangakkara creams for four then misses out on a loopy full toss, picking out Moeen Ali at mid on – he remains a single short of posting 13,000 career ODI runs…
    12/3/2014 1:09:20 PM
  • Over 8 – SL 38-3 (Sangakkara 13, Mathews 2)
    Sangakkara shows no emotion as he dabs the ball down to third man to reach that milestone – but the crowd, such as it is, erupts. He’s only the fourth player to reach that milestone – and is certainly in very good company. Mathews gets off the mark with a trademark wristy flick behind square and repeats the dose off the final ball of the over.
    12/3/2014 1:13:46 PM
  •  
    Sangakkara reaches 13,000 ODI runs - and joins an exclusive club. 

    Only four men have achieved the feat.
    12/3/2014 1:14:36 PM
  • Over 9 – SL 43-3 (Sangakkara 16, Mathews 4)
    Moeen Ali replaces Finn and the leg-slip is in straight away to Mathews, Cook doing the honours. The skipper barely has to move to field at slip to Sangakkara. The projected score at present is around 162.
    12/3/2014 1:17:25 PM
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    12/3/2014 1:20:33 PM
  • Over 10 – SL 48-3 (Sangakkara 16, Mathews 7)
    Bowling change at the other end too, Jordan coming on for his first spell. Sangakkara doesn’t quite take advantage of a short and wide one outside off-stump, getting only a single. In fact, that’s the way the rest of the over plays out, the Sri Lankan batsmen milking a further four singles off the over.
    12/3/2014 1:21:52 PM
  • Over 11 – SL 53-3 (Sangakkara 18, Mathews 10)
    Much of the same off Moeen’s bowling as Sangakarra and Mathews rotate the strike and try to build a partnership.
    12/3/2014 1:24:49 PM
  • [davidlloyd] Jayawardene is a big loss but I would have played a kid today with the old fella out. That said, I always see Sri Lanka as a crafty team. They know what’s around.

    12/3/2014 1:27:18 PM
  • Over 12 – SL 58-3 (Sangakkara 21, Mathews 12)
    Wild swing and a miss from Mathews off the first ball of the over as his eyes light up with another slightly wayward delivery from Jordan outside off-stump. Jordan’s line and length is much tighter for the rest of the over but Sangakarra manages to milk him for a couple with a delicate late cut to backward point. Five off the over.
    12/3/2014 1:29:44 PM

  • There's talent on the park and talent in the crowd, too. This bloke's balance is quite something...
    12/3/2014 1:30:09 PM
  • Over 13 – SL 63-3 (Sangakkara 22, Mathews 14)
    Another tidy over from Moeen spoilt with a pair of wides down the legside at the end. But this pair still aren’t really looking to attack him. Only 35 overs-a-side after the rain, so you wonder how long it is till they go on the offensive.
    12/3/2014 1:34:16 PM
  • Over 14 – SL 71-3 (Sangakkara 23, Mathews 19)
    Another wide, this time from Jordan, to start his over. He draws the edge from Mathews a couple of balls later, but there is no slip in, so it races fine to the third man boundary. He doesn't look hugely comfortable at the crease yet Mathews, or at least in comparison to his recent good form.
    12/3/2014 1:38:17 PM
  • Over 15 – SL 75-3 (Sangakkara 26, Mathews 20)
    Half a shout from Moeen for an LBW when Mathews misses out trying a reverse-sweep, a review was thought about but not taken. First sign of intent from Sangakkara, dancing down the track off the last ball of the over but doesn’t quite get to the pitch and ends up with only a single from his heave to the leg-side.
    12/3/2014 1:42:24 PM

  • Here's the deal after 15. Will we see a swashbuckling final 20 overs to the Sri Lanka innings?
    12/3/2014 1:43:11 PM
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