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Sri Lanka v England - third ODI

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

  • Over 16 – SL 81-3 (Sangakkara 30, Mathews 21)
    Bopara into the attack. But he too has a case of the wides with his second delivery. His next one is much better though, holding up on the surface and Sangakkara is through the shot a little too early. No chance offered, but maybe signs that Bopara could be handy on this surface. With the last ball of the over Sangakkara brings up the fifty partnership between these two.
    12/3/2014 1:46:47 PM
  • [nickknight] I’d have Finn warmed up and ready to come in. This partnership needs to be broken.
    12/3/2014 1:46:53 PM
  • Over 17 – SL 92-3 (Sangakkara 38, Mathews 23)
    Is this the start of the Sri Lankan charge? Sangakkara takes six off the first two Moeen deliveries, despatching the second to the boundary with a sweetly timed sweep shot. There were signs in his last over that Sangakkara was ready to attack. 11 runs from the over.
    12/3/2014 1:50:29 PM
  • Nick’s mind is wandering a tad…
    [nickknight] I’d love a tuk-tuk.”
    12/3/2014 1:52:21 PM
  • Over 18 – SL 99-3 (Sangakkara 39, Mathews 29)
    Mathews looks to get in on the act now, taking full advantage of a wide delivery from Bopara and cutting it to the boundary for four off the fifth ball of the over. Another good over for Sri Lanka.
    12/3/2014 1:54:58 PM

  • Mathews admires his cut to the fence.
    12/3/2014 1:55:21 PM
  • Over 19 – SL 106-3 (Sangakkara 44, Mathews 31)
    Finn comes back into the attack. But still Cook has chosen not to bring a slip back in. And with his first ball, while Matthews doesn’t edge it, he does run the ball down to third man to bring up the Sri Lanka hundred. Sangakkara then launces a slower ball from Finn back down the ground for four, not quite managing to clear the rope.
    12/3/2014 1:59:38 PM
  • During DRINKS let's check out the moment Sangakkara posted his 13,000th career ODI run...
    12/3/2014 2:02:03 PM
  • Over 20 – SL 118-3 (Sangakkara 49, Mathews 37)
    Stokes, who sat out Saturday’s defeat and was off-colour last Wednesday, enters the fray for the first time today.  The Durham seamer opens up with a wide, which isn’t ideal, and is then clipped for one by Mathews as Nick Knight discusses his credentials. The stylish Sangakkara adds another run to his mammoth ODI tally, before Mathews nudges the cherry to the boundary. Sangakkara whacks for four to end the over.

    12/3/2014 2:06:39 PM
  • [wicket] Mathews c Buttler b Jordan 37 – SL 118-4
    A bizarre hit out from Mathews, who clips through to Buttler. Did the Sri Lanka skipper need to do that? Jordan is the much-needed partnership breaker.

    12/3/2014 2:09:19 PM
  • Joy for Jordan has Mathews swipes hard but only succeeds in snicking behind. SL now 118-4 off 20.1 overs. #SLvENG

  • Over 21 – SL 121-4 (Sangakkara 49, Thirimanne 3)
    A rush of blood to the head from the usually-calm Mathews brings Thirimanne to the crease. The No. 6 gets off the mark quickly with a couple and then collects another. Sangakkara is one shy of a half-century – and remains that way after failing to steer away Jordan’s last ball.

    12/3/2014 2:13:18 PM
  • Over 22 – SL 127-4 (Sangakkara 50, Thirimanne 8)
    Stokes didn’t last long. Moeen’s back with his twirl, which Thirimanne takes an immediate liking to, swinging freely to clobber his first four. The next shot is less expansive, a push for one, which gives Sangakkara the chance to notch his 88th ODI fifty. He takes it. That’s some going.

    12/3/2014 2:17:01 PM
  • That's Sangakkara's sixth ODI fifty this year - and his ninth against England. #SLvENG…

  • Sangakkara's wagon wheel as he continues to accumulate...

    12/3/2014 2:18:49 PM
  • Over 23 – SL 131-4 (Sangakkara 51, Thirimanne 11)
    Jordan unsurprisingly continues, what with his wicket in his last over. No fireworks this time, though, with Sri Lanka remaining patient. Having said that, Thirimanne has quickly moved into double figures. Jordan comes around the wicket later in the over but the move yields no scalp – or runs.

    12/3/2014 2:21:02 PM
  • Over 24 – SL 133-4 (Sangakkara 51, Thirimanne 13)
    Moeen and his drift return for the final time in this game. Bumble reckons the England spinner has done okay and he is on the money in this over, bowling well-flighted deliveries. Just two from the 24th.

    12/3/2014 2:23:52 PM
  • Over 25 – SL 140-4 (Sangakkara 53, Thirimanne 17)
    Sri Lanka take the powerplay and Woakes, who has two wickets to his name in this contest, is the first man to bowl in it. Sri Lanka’s projected score is 194 but they must be wanting more than that. Tight line from the England quick, who jags one back into Thirimanne and hits the pad. The ball was sliding down leg, though. What’s that about a tight line? Thirimanne cloths one over mid-on for four!

    12/3/2014 2:29:43 PM
  • [wicket] Sangakkara c Moeen b Jordan 63 – SL 150-5
    After clocking Jordan for fours off the first two balls, Sangakkara falls victim to the slower one. Moeen is the grateful fielder.

    12/3/2014 2:34:01 PM
  • Over 26 – SL 152-5 (Thirimanne 18, J Mendis 1)
    Stand and deliver! Sangakkara heaves into the leg-side for four. The ante is being upped. What have you got, Jordan? Another boundary ball, that’s what. Stokes does well to cut off what would have been a third score of four in a row, however, but two brings up the 150 regardless. Jordan dismisses the Sri Lanka veteran next up, though. Good comeback, Chris. Jeevan Mendis is in and scores one. Thirimanne follows suit.

    12/3/2014 2:36:22 PM
  • [nickknight] I thought that was very clever from Chris Jordan – he had to be very tight on his line because Sangakkara was looking for width but he was cramped for room. Jordan has had a good day with the ball so far.

    12/3/2014 2:36:58 PM
  • Over 27 – SL 160-5 (Thirimanne 23, J Mendis 4)
    Nick Knight has his wish. Finn’s potent pace is thrown into the mix by Cook but Thirimanne reads Finn’s first and picks up three. Mendis gets Thirimanne back on strike, who, without middling it, hits towards Bopara to accrue one more. Mendis is happy to play the support role.

    12/3/2014 2:41:07 PM
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  • Over 28 – SL 168-5 (Thirimanne 27, J Mendis 7)
    The trusty Woakes perseveres. He has put on a few miles per hour which should serve him well in the international arena. Woakes is mixing up his methods but can’t quite stymie the singles and chucks in a disappointing wide, too. 

    12/3/2014 2:46:09 PM
  • [wicket] J Mendis c Finn b Root 12 - SL 175-6
    Mendis hits Root towards the lofty frame of Finn, who gets down well to pouch.

    12/3/2014 2:50:33 PM
  • Over 30 – SL 180-6 (Thirimanne 32, T Perera 1)
    Thirimanne is going to be the glue here, you would imagine. He is content with a single from Finn’s opening ball of the 30th over.  Finn is finding a bit of bounce and fizz. Oh, how great it would be if he could relocate the form from his first foray into the international game. This is decent stuff, mind you. Five overs to go but Finn is bowled out.

    12/3/2014 2:56:33 PM
  • Over 31 – SL 196-6 (Thirimanne 47, T Perera 2)
    Stokes is back and praised by Sir Ian Botham. Keep faith with him, says Beefy. A sedate start – two singles – but the boundary is cracked soon enough, from Thirimanne’s willow. Thirimanne cuts four more, just out of the despairing reach of Woakes. A third man is deployed – so Thirimanne drives through mid-off and to the fence. Sumptuous. A mis-field from Hales adds to the damage.

    12/3/2014 3:01:52 PM
  • Would you give Stokes a third over?

    12/3/2014 3:03:51 PM
  • [ianbotham] You’ve got to have a game-plan. Stokes has got to try and imagine he’s the batsman. Where don’t I want him? That’s a way to start. But he just looks very nervous. It’s as if he’s lost all of his confidence. We saw this guy in Australia and he had confidence oozing out of him. But that’s been knocked one way or another.

    12/3/2014 3:04:11 PM
  • Very good innings from Sri Lanka
  • [wicket] T Perera c Moeen b Woakes 8 – Sri Lanka 202-7
    Perera’s eyes were bulging after clocking a six. He was sucked in by Woakes and knocks to Moeen, who, after a bit of juggling, holds on.

    12/3/2014 3:06:05 PM
  • Over 32 – SL 207-7 (Thirimanne 52, Prasad 0)
    Woakes, who has impressed here, is giving little to Perera – until a quite monumental six. Crikey, that was a hit and a half. Woakes gets revenge the next ball, though, with Perera looking for another maximum. The batsmen crossed, however, and Thirimanne collects his fifty with a leg-side boundary.

    12/3/2014 3:08:33 PM
  • @sandunpaaris : @BumbleCricket still 20-30 short” bet they aren't !!!
  • That's Thirimanne's second fifty v England

    12/3/2014 3:09:27 PM
  • Over 33 – SL 222-7 (Thirimanne 54, Prasad 12)
    Root bowls the third-from-last over.  There’s some shocking running from Prasad but replays show he got home before Root dislodged his bails. Perhaps Prasad is a batter, not a runner. Consecutive sixes would suggest so. One lovely swing from the tail-ender - and a dicey one - and some very valuable runs.

    12/3/2014 3:13:39 PM
  • [wicket] Prasad st Buttler b Bopara 21- SL 233-8
    Prasad’s mini-onslaught comes to an end. He went for one
    heave too many and was punished by some swift glovework from Buttler.
    12/3/2014 3:19:21 PM
  • 50 over score projected is 328 ... Start the tuk tuk
  • Over 34 – SL 233-8 (Thirimanne 56, Herath 0)
    The steady Bopara is unlucky when Prasad – who is swinging like a rusty gate, as Bumble would say – edges one behind to the fence. Prasad enters the twenties with a hoick for four before he is snared.

    12/3/2014 3:21:15 PM
  • Over 35 – SL 242-8 (Thirimanne 62, Herath 2)
    “Shot!” cries Wardy as Thirimanne wallops a four. A wide from Jordan is not needed here and neither is the single Herath records after it. Thirimanne doesn’t middle but gets another run after hitting into the extra-cover region. What further damage can Sri Lanka do from the final ball? One from Herath. England have it all to do after a dodgy final five overs. With the Duckworth/Lewis method having come into effect after the earlier downpour, they will need 236 to win.
    12/3/2014 3:27:00 PM
  • So here's the match summary - Sri Lanka smashing 62 runs off the last five overs. #SLvENG

  • [twitter]

    12/3/2014 3:34:37 PM
  • [ianbotham] Overall it was pretty ordinary – bowling two sides of the wicket, too short, too wide. When you think that they had their first three wickets inside seven overs, you’d have expected them to be chasing a lot less than they are.

    12/3/2014 3:38:57 PM
  • Over 1 – Eng 1-0 (Cook 1, Moeen Ali 0)
    England’s over-rate was very poor – they ran 20 minutes over, hence the 10-minute turnaround. Barely time to have a cuppa. They can’t afford to dawdle at the start of the innings but Mathews is a tough man to get away and Cook has to content himself with a single off the final ball of the over.
    12/3/2014 3:41:49 PM
  • Over 2 – Eng 5-0 (Cook 2, Moeen Ali 3)
    Moeen Ali’s away first ball with a helpful couple through square leg as Dilshan, who dismissed him cheaply on Saturday, opts to protect cow and long on. Mendis is around quickly at deep midwicket as the opener targets that area and there’s only a single available as Cook sends his partner back.
    12/3/2014 3:45:52 PM
  • Over 3 – Eng 16-0 (Cook 12, Moeen Ali 4)
    Cracking stuff from Cook, who holds his follow-through fractionally as he drives Mathews for four through cover with authority and then repeats the dose, all be it somewhat straighter meeting the ball with the full face of the bat. A grand 11 runs off the over.
    12/3/2014 3:49:51 PM
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