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Sri Lanka v England - third ODI

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

  • Over 27 – ENG 166-5 (Root 26, Buttler 8)
    Buttler miscues one. Thank goodness, as his shot falls short of the fielder. Peril for Root but he manages to dig his bat down before a straight one from Herath can shoot through and clatter his stumps.

    12/3/2014 5:41:27 PM
  • England 166-5. Requre 70 runs from 48 balls. SS2 now.#SLvENG
  • Eng take the batting powerplay with Root & Buttler in. Just 8 overs left, have they left it too late? #SLvENG

  • Over 28 – ENG 171-5 (Root 31, Buttler 8)
    England have taken the batting powerplay and begin with a Root boundary. Bowler and skipper Mathews re-jigs his field and Buttler thinks better of taking a single. He tries a new-fangled scoop next up but cannot connect. Mathews is a shrewd operator, it must be said.

    12/3/2014 5:45:56 PM
  • Over 29 – ENG 180-5 (Root 33, Buttler 15)
    Ajantha’s in. What’s he got? A loosener that Root whips for one. Buttler follows up by knocking into the outfield for a couple before Root collects one more. Steady, as she goes. Slack Sri Lankan fielding, from Thilina Kandamby, allows the tourists to add to their tally. An atrocious wide looper is then shellacked to the ropes by Buttler. England need 56.

    12/3/2014 5:50:35 PM
  • Over 30 – ENG 186-5 (Root 34, Buttler 20)
    Prasad, who has been zippy in his four overs to date, returns. No run off ball one and a single off ball two, after Kandamby dives well to prevent a boundary. He’s had a mare other than that! Buttler misses with a wild waft but smacks the next for four and then takes one. Dot for Root to end over 30.
    12/3/2014 5:56:07 PM
  • England need exactly 10 an over with 5 overs to go. Can they get a vital win? Follow along with our blog… #SLvENG
  • Over 31 – ENG 196-5 (Root 34, Buttler 30)
    England need 10 an over, so two dots off Ajantha Mendis are not what the doctor ordered. A Buttler carve to the fence is, though. Ooh, it’s getting tense and exciting. Buttler goes big again, this time clobbering the leg-side boundary, and then he picks up a couple more. England get the 10 they wanted.

    12/3/2014 6:00:56 PM
  • [ianbotham] One good over, that’s what these two will be saying to eachother in the middle. Just one good over.

    12/3/2014 6:02:11 PM
  • Over 32 – ENG 217-5 (Root 41, Buttler 43)
    Beautiful! With a shot out of Buttler’s book, Root flicks a six behind square. He goes down the ground next up and holes out to Kusal Perera – but Prasad overstepped. Get yourself back in, Joe. It’s a no ball and free hit! Make hay, England, make hay! Root runs one to get the brutal Buttler on strike – and the ‘keeper boshes a full toss for four. Buttler evades mid-off – just – to record back-to-back boundaries and then squirts a third. This is England’s to lose now!  One more single means 21 off the over and 19 from 18 balls required.

    12/3/2014 6:09:08 PM
  • No ball! Joe Root is a lucky boy.

    12/3/2014 6:09:41 PM
  • [davidlloyd] England have to win. 2-0 down in the series, if you 3-0 down from here, seven matches is a long series. 2-1 keeps things alive, gives them a bit of bounce.

    12/3/2014 6:11:51 PM
  • Over 33 – ENG 228-5 (Root 41, Buttler 54)
    You can’t bowl full tosses here – but Sri Lanka have and it costs them four. Having said that, everything is going for four! Buttler gets another to bring up his half-century. Eight needed from two overs.

    12/3/2014 6:12:32 PM
  • Over 34 – ENG 236-5 (Root 48, Buttler 55)
    The end is nigh. Buttler pockets a single off Ajantha Mendis’ first ball but Root is deceived by the next. No run. No matter. He makes amends by cracking a six and a single means England win. About time… The tourists are just 2-1 down in this series now.

    12/3/2014 6:15:22 PM
  • England win relatively comfortably in the end with 8 balls remaining. A quickfire 50 from Buttler helping make it 2-1 in the series #SLvENG
  • England's 5th win in 17 ODIs in Sri Lanka
  • A fantastic 82 run partnership between Root & Buttler sees England to victory & secures a vital win #SLvENG

  • 9 sixes in the England innings - equal third highest tally for England in ODIs (12 v SA at Centurion - Sept 2009 is the highest of all)
  • So what did you all make of that?

    12/3/2014 6:29:10 PM
  • Here's what the losing captain, ANGELO MATHEWS, had to say:
    I thought we were short by about 10-15 runs and then we were pretty poor in the field, dropped catches and no-balls. But we don’t need to panic, it’s just one game.

    12/3/2014 6:36:20 PM
  • Now over to ALASTAIR COOK and his thoughts on his side's win:
    It’s great to get over the line. We obviously made it a little harder for ourselves than we should have done. We got a great start from Moeen and then terrific knocks by Joe and Jos to get us over the line. 2-1 in the series now means it’s all to play for.

    12/3/2014 6:38:14 PM
  • Joe Root has joined the guys after the game and his unbeaten 48 to see England home

    12/3/2014 6:41:47 PM
  • Here’s what JOE ROOT had to say on his reprieve after holing out on a no-ball:
    I was absolutely livid with myself. It’s a good job I saw the umpire and got told to wait there as I thought I’d botched it and left it to Jos.

    12/3/2014 6:44:19 PM
  • More from JOE ROOT:
    We've had a couple of games, and a few series recently that haven’t gone our way so it was really pleasing to go into the dressing room with the win and we look forward to the next game now”

    12/3/2014 6:46:45 PM

  • Here's how the schedule looks following England's first win of the tour.
    12/3/2014 6:49:18 PM
  • Some final thoughts from Bob on Moeen Ali’s knock in the studio…
    [bobwillis] Moeen has learnt how to play international cricket so quickly. The batting form he’s shown in this game and the one before-last really does bode well for England."

    12/3/2014 6:51:33 PM
  • So without further ado, let's grab a word with one of England's finishers, JOE ROOT...
    12/3/2014 7:09:55 PM
    12/3/2014 7:22:33 PM
  • Thanks for following the blog. What do you know? It's game on in this series with England - who at one point looked like they would return to Colombo 3-0 down - only staring at a 2-1 deficit. Make sure you join us on Sunday from 4.15am for the fourth ODI to see if Alastair Cook's side can get back on level terms! Until then, goodbye!
    12/3/2014 7:24:06 PM
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