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Sri Lanka vs England - 4th ODI

Series: England in Sri Lanka, 5 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Date: 20 October 2018

England 132/2 (27.0 Ovs) RR: 4.88 | England beat Sri Lanka by 18 runs (D/L method)

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We now head to a drier part of Sri Lanka, Colombo, where it has not rained for a long time. The series is done and dusted with England gaining an unassailable 3-0 series lead but the hosts can still avoid a clean sweep. We hope that the fifth and final ODI, slotted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2.30 pm local (0900 GMT), is a properly contested game. Do join us for that. You can also check for other matches in the meanwhile. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

VICTORIOUS ENGLISH CAPTAIN, EOIN MORGAN, HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Is blunt about his side's performance as scrappy in this game, with the bowlers not being consistent. Agrees that Sri Lanka got to a very competitive score but at the same time, felt that the wicket got better so it was easier to blend partnerships. On his team's bowling, he feels that there was a lack of discipline today. Feels that the wicket was tacky and the bowlers could not exploit that properly, yet states that Sri Lanka did not exactly get away from them. On the approaching rain, Morgan says that he was always expecting bad weather around, hence bowled out Rashid and Moeen quickly. Admires his young attack and believes that it has shown a lot of potential. Admits that they will try and experiment with the playing XI on Tuesday, albeit that will not be at the cost of winning.

Sri Lankan skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, manages a smile. Says that they had a much better game today. Details that after losing a couple of quick wickets, the middle order batted really well. Stresses that 273 was a winning total and had they got a full game, they would have won the match. But does not want to rue about the weather and looks at the positives from the game. On the no ball call which gave Joe Root a reprieve, the captain admits that it was his mistake. On being asked whether the tactic to bowl Malinga and de Silva before the rain came was the right tactic, Chandimal says he certainly believed so as the latter was bowling well.

The Lankan bowlers still had a chance when they had Joe Root caught at short fine leg but it was a no ball as one fielder was less inside the ring. The score read 112 at that time, in the 23rd over. You never know what might have happened to the par score then. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

It was a game where we saw a much improved performance from the hosts. Gritty batting, accompanied by 4 50-plus stands, saw them reach 273. England were in a spot of bother after losing two quick stands following a great start, but the unbeaten 56-run stand between Root and Morgan steadied the game. They played it perfectly, knowing well what was the DLS par score and accordingly mixed caution with aggression.

1638 local (1108 GMT) - THE FOURTH ODI HAS BEEN CALLED OFF. England have won the match by 18 runs, courtesy DLS method. Cannot totally say that they would not have chased down 274, but still, the Lankans did have a greater chance in a full game.

They have arrived. As promised, they might be a little late but have surely come. Plenty of dark clouds around but the rain is not that heavy. We hope it is a passing shower. The DLS par score after 27 overs is 114.

26.6
4
de Silva to E Morgan, FOUR! Morgan not helping Sri Lanka's cause. Picks up the length early and pulls this short ball over mid-wicket for a boundary.
26.5
0
de Silva to E Morgan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
26.4
0
de Silva to E Morgan, Tossed up on middle and leg, hit to mid on.
26.3
0
de Silva to E Morgan, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
26.2
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Comes ahead and hits this past mid on. One run taken.
26.1
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Full and on leg, hit to mid on.
25.6
0
L Malinga to E Morgan, Pitches this one up outside off, carved through cover-point for nothing.
25.5
0
L Malinga to E Morgan, Another snorter from Malinga. Makes Morgan rock back and sway away.
25.4
0
L Malinga to E Morgan, Short ball outside off, Morgan sways away.
25.3
1
L Malinga to Joe Root, Full and outside off, flicked through mid-wicket for one more.
25.2
1
L Malinga to E Morgan, Back of a length ball outside off, Morgan hops a touch and punches it to covers. They pick up a run to complete their 50-run stand.
25.1
1
L Malinga to Joe Root, Low full toss down leg, flicked to deep square leg for one.
24.6
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Root has swept that one through the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
24.5
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Full and outside off, driven to mid off for one more.
24.4
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Full on middle and leg, hit to long on to rotate strike.
24.3
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Slower ball on the leg stump, tucked away around the corner for a single.
24.2
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Darts this on the legs of Root who clips it to the on side for one.
24.1
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Full and outside off, guided to short third man.
23.6
1
L Malinga to Joe Root, It's been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single.
23.5
0
L Malinga to Joe Root, Back of a length ball around off, Joe defends it from within the crease.
23.4
0
L Malinga to Joe Root, Slow length ball in line of the stumps, Root plays it with a straight bat.
23.3
1
L Malinga to E Morgan, Full and down leg, Morgan works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
23.2
0
L Malinga to E Morgan, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
23.1
1
L Malinga to Joe Root, Length ball on the pads of Root who helps it to the on side for one.

Lasith Malinga is in for another spell.

22.6
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Full and down leg, worked to square leg for a run.
22.5
0
de Silva to Joe Root, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
22.4
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Outside off, punched off the back foot by the batsman.
22.3
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Full outside off again, driven past mid off for a run.
22.2
1
de Silva to Joe Root, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
22.1
0
de Silva to Joe Root, No damage done. Full and on off, Root hits it back to the bowler.
22.1
0
de Silva to Joe Root, OUT! No, wait! The umpire has signaled a no ball. Not for height or overstepping but for the field set. SL had just 4 fielders inside the circle instead of the mandatory 5. Dhananjaya dishes out a full toss down leg, Root gets low to sweep the ball but gets a top edge which goes to Malinga at short fine leg. He takes the catch but it is a no ball. Great spot by the square leg umpire. Free Hit coming up.
21.6
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Driven through the covers by the batsman.
21.5
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Full and on middle and off, Morgan comes forward and gently pushes it to covers. Thinks of the run but is rightly sent back.
21.4
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Tossed up around off, tapped to to the off side.
21.3
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
21.2
1
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Full on middle and leg, Root milks it through mid on for a run.
21.1
1
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Flighted one on off, driven past covers for a single.
20.6
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Pitched up on off, Root pushes it to covers.
20.5
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Full and don leg, Morgan uses his wrists and works it for one.
20.4
1
de Silva to Joe Root, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
20.3
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Given air outside off, driven to covers.
20.2
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Tosses this one up on middle and off, driven through mid off for a run.
20.1
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Low full toss on leg, hit hard to cow corner for just one.

Dhananjaya de Silva introduced as really dark clouds come hovering. We have a game constituted now, given that 20 overs are done. The ground staff is getting ready for the covers as well. Par score is 93 for England.

19.6
4
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, FOUR! That is a long hop, Morgan rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
19.5
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Full on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket.
19.4
1
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, The wrong 'un, I think, punched towards long on for a run.
19.3
2
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Very full, Root comes forward and across and flicks it through square leg for a couple.
19.2
1
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Full and around off, driven towards long off for a single.
19.1
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
18.6
1
A Aponso to E Morgan, Full toss on middle, pushed towards long on for one. 10 from the over, Aponso's figures read 6-0-37-0.
18.5
6
A Aponso to E Morgan, SIX! Morgan gets it over the boundary but not quite sure whether he hit this cleanly. Floated outside off, the skipper danced down the track and looked to go big but had to reach out with the ball spinning away. Miscued his shot but cleared long off.
18.4
1
A Aponso to Joe Root, On middle, helped towards mid-wicket for a run.
18.3
0
A Aponso to Joe Root, Full and outside off, pressed towards point.
18.2
0
A Aponso to Joe Root, Outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
18.1
2
A Aponso to Joe Root, Full and outside off, Root brings out his reverse scoop now. Gets it over the keeper towards third man. Two runs taken.
17.6
1
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Outside off, tapped towards point for one.
17.5
1
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Full and outside off, punched down to long off for a run.
17.4
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
17.3
4
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, FOUR! Terrific shot. This was pitched outside leg but Morgan used his reach and got it past a diving backward point for a boundary. The stand is worth 10 from 11 balls. 188 more needed from 195 balls.
17.2
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Around off, watchfully defended.
17.1
1
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.

DRINKS BREAK. Interesting tussle. Akila Dananjaya has sprung the game to life. However, the Lankans will have a task against these hard-hitting batsmen.

16.6
1
A Aponso to Joe Root, Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
16.5
0
A Aponso to Joe Root, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
16.4
1
A Aponso to E Morgan, Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
16.3
1
A Aponso to Joe Root, Pushed through the covers for one.
16.2
1
A Aponso to E Morgan, Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
16.1
1
A Aponso to Joe Root, Full and outside off, pushed towards long off for a single.

Amila Aponso is back on. 4-0-22-0 so far.

15.6
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Full and outside off, driven straight back. 2 runs and a wicket from the over. Akila's figures read 4-0-10-2.
15.5
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, The batsman defends it from within the crease.

Skipper Eoin Morgan arrives. So do the clouds. They look very threatening.

15.4
0
A Dananjaya to J Roy, OUT! That is a brilliant review and Roy is gone LBW! The off spinner got rid of Hales. The leg spinner gets rid of his partner. Pitched in the line of the stumps, Roy goes back to tuck it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads. The Lankans roar an appeal as the batsmen take a single. The umpire does not give it out and Chandimal takes the review after a chat with his bowler and keeper. Hawk Eye shows it to be pitched in line and hitting the stumps! Roy is gone! Is this the break Sri Lanka needed?

Is that gone? The Lankans are confident that Roy is a goner. They have taken a review for an LBW call. Looks close.

15.3
1
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Very full, around leg, Root gets down and sweeps it towards fine leg for a single.
15.2
0
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Around off, pressed towards short mid-wicket.
15.1
1
A Dananjaya to J Roy, Full and around off, Roy looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards point.
14.6
1
K Rajitha to J Roy, Short and outside off, cut through point for a run.
14.5
1
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Driven through mid off by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
14.4
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Short and outside off, Joe looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards point.
14.3
1
K Rajitha to J Roy, Full and outside off, Jason plays a lovely drive but finds mid off. Just a single.
14.2
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Around off, defended back to the bowler.
14.1
4
K Rajitha to J Roy, FOUR! Full and down the leg side, Roy flicks it uppishly through square leg for a boundary!
13.6
0
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Around off, defended to the leg side.
13.5
0
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
13.4
1
A Dananjaya to J Roy, Full and around off, Roy gets down and sweeps it through square leg for one.
13.3
1
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Tossed up on middle, Root goes back and helps it through square leg for a run.
13.2
1
A Dananjaya to J Roy, Full on middle, clipped towards mid-wicket for a run.
13.1
1
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, A short ball on middle, helped through mid-wicket for a single.
12.6
1
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
12.5
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
12.4
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Full and outside off, Root plays a loose drive and is beaten.
12.3
1
K Rajitha to J Roy, Tight call. Full and around off, Roy walks down the track and pushes it towards mid on. Takes Thisara Perera on and completes the run.
12.2
1
K Rajitha to Joe Root, The batsman has played it to the point region for a single.
12.1
1
K Rajitha to J Roy, Full and down the leg side, tickled towards fine leg for a single.
11.6
0
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
11.5
0
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Outside off, punched towards cover.
11.4
1
A Dananjaya to J Roy, The batsman has driven it through mid on. The batsmen have run through for a single.
11.3
0
A Dananjaya to J Roy, Comes down the track and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
11.3
0
A Dananjaya to J Roy, WIDE. Down the leg side, Jason misses his flick.
11.2
0
A Dananjaya to J Roy, Outside off, punched towards short mid-wicket.
11.1
0
A Dananjaya to J Roy, Full and outside off, Roy reaches out to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. There is a half shout for an LBW but then it dies down. Chandimal asks about the review but both, the keeper and bowler are unsure. Perhaps too high.
10.6
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Was there a nick? Short and outside off, Root looks to cut but perhaps misses.
10.5
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Full and on off, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
10.4
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
10.3
1
K Rajitha to J Roy, Punches this through point for a run.
10.2
1
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
10.1
1
K Rajitha to J Roy, Outside off, steered towards third man for a single.

Powerplay 2 has been signalled. 4 fielders can now stand outside the circle till the 40th over.

9.6
0
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Full and on middle and leg, flicked to mid-wicket.
9.5
0
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Played to mid-wicket region by JR.
9.4
1
A Dananjaya to J Roy, The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total.
9.3
1
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Gets it through that fielder this time. Root flicks it wide of mid-wicket to get off the mark.
9.2
0
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Off spinner on off, played to mid-wicket with the turn.

Joe Root is in at no. 3.

9.1
0
A Dananjaya to A Hales, OUT! At first it looked liked Hales had something behind the line but not to be. Akila strikes on his very first ball. Off spinner outside off, Hales comes ahead to drive this but gets beaten. Dickwella removes the bails in a flash and puts out a loud appeal. The umpires take it up and find that Hales is just short. Alex fails to make it big coming into the side.

Akila Dananjaya to roll his arm. Hello? Has he got Hales first ball? A stumping appeal has been referred upstairs...

8.6
4
K Rajitha to J Roy, FOUR! Excellent punch. Back of a length outside off, Roy stays still and just pushes the ball through covers for a boundary. The 50-run stand comes up with this.
8.5
2
K Rajitha to J Roy, Nicely done. Full and on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for another couple of runs.
8.4
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Length outside off, guided to short third man.
8.3
2
K Rajitha to J Roy, Full and down leg side again, Roy flicks it through square leg for a brace.
8.2
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Full on the pads, flicked away to square leg.
8.1
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Roy looks to flick it through mid-wicket but Dasun does well to stop that with his right hand.
7.6
0
A Aponso to A Hales, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. Dot ball.
7.5
1
A Aponso to J Roy, Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single.
7.4
0
A Aponso to J Roy, Slower ball around off. A wild swing from Roy who gets it off his inner half towards mid-wicket. Sadeera there has a shy but cannot hit the stumps.
7.3
0
A Aponso to J Roy, Full and on off, cut to point.
7.2
1
A Aponso to A Hales, Much slower this outside leg, flicked through square leg for a run.
7.1
0
A Aponso to A Hales, Short ball spins into Hales who gives room and cuts it to the man at covers.
6.6
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Similar line outside off, Roy blocks it out.
6.5
4
K Rajitha to J Roy, FOUR! SWEET! Back of a length ball on off, hit back along the turf through mid-wicket for a boundary.
6.4
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
6.3
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, 134 kph down leg, Roy's bottom hand comes off as he hits it to mid on.
6.2
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Length ball coming into Roy who hits it to mid on.
6.2
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Wide. Strays down leg, too wide for Roy to make any contact.
6.1
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Comes in from over the wicket and lands it on the off pole, Roy guides it to cover-point.

Kasun Rajitha is into the attack.

5.6
1
A Aponso to J Roy, Another run through that region. Flicked away wide of mid-wicket for one more.
5.5
1
A Aponso to A Hales, Tossed up ball around off, milked through mid on for one.
5.4
0
A Aponso to A Hales, Hales has played it to the point region.
5.3
1
A Aponso to J Roy, Yorker on middle and off, hit to mid on.
5.2
6
A Aponso to J Roy, SIX! Even bigger and better. Similar ball, no spin, Roy extends his arms and even his mishit travels well over the long off ropes.
5.1
4
A Aponso to J Roy, FOUR! Shot! Stand and deliver stuff. Pitched up ball on off, Roy lofts it over mid off for a one-bounce boundary.
4.6
0
L Malinga to A Hales, Back of a length ball outside off, played to cover-point.
4.5
4
L Malinga to A Hales, FOUR! Wide outside off, don't bowl there. Hales stays back and cuts it past point for a boundary.
4.4
0
L Malinga to A Hales, Off cutter. A dipping yorker on off, Hales does well to get bat on ball.
4.3
0
L Malinga to A Hales, Full and down leg, flicked to square leg.
4.2
0
L Malinga to A Hales, Pitched up on middle and leg, hit to mid on.
4.1
0
L Malinga to A Hales, Back of a length ball outside off, defended off the back foot.
3.6
1
A Aponso to A Hales, No, he can't. Still a very good over but. Bowls this full on leg, flicked through square leg for one.
3.5
0
A Aponso to A Hales, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. Can he bowl a maiden?
3.4
0
A Aponso to A Hales, Off spinner on off, Hales gets an inside edge towards the slip. 4 dots ball in a row.
3.3
0
A Aponso to A Hales, Loopy ball around off, driven to covers once again.
3.2
0
A Aponso to A Hales, Darts this around off, driven to covers by Hales.
3.1
0
A Aponso to A Hales, Slower ball in line of the stumps, bunted down by Hales.
2.6
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Good over from Malinga. Just one off it. Length on off, driven to covers.
2.6
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Wide. Errs down leg as Roy misses his flick. The umpire has signalled a wide.
2.5
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Similar line, this time around off, Roy hits it back to the bowler.
2.4
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Back of a length again on middle and leg, hit to the man at mid-wicket.
2.3
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Back of a length ball on middle and leg, turned to mid-wicket.
2.2
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Length outside off, punched off the back foot.
2.1
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Good save! Length outside off, driven to covers. A good save from Sadeera there.
1.6
4
A Aponso to A Hales, FOUR! Beautiful. Didn't try to hit it hard, just a gentle push and gets four for it. Pitched up ball outside off, punched through covers for a delightful boundary.
1.5
0
A Aponso to A Hales, Pushed to the cover region by AH.
1.4
0
A Aponso to A Hales, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
1.3
0
A Aponso to A Hales, Given air in line of the stumps, Hales plays it with a straight bat.
1.2
1
A Aponso to J Roy, Tossed up ball on middle and leg, hit towards mid on for another run.
1.1
1
A Aponso to A Hales, Full and on off, milked through mid on. They cross.

Amila Aponso will bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Jason has played that off the front foot and into the ground. End of an eventful over. 12 off it.
0.5
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
0.4
4
L Malinga to J Roy, FOUR! Best of the lot. A lose ball outside off, Rot stands tall and punches it through cover-point. Boundary.
0.3
0
L Malinga to J Roy, FOUR BYES AGAIN! Second one in two balls. If the before one kept low this one just takes off. Length outside off, Roy goes for the drive but cannot make contact. Dickwella cannot gather it and the ball runs to the third man ropes.
0.2
0
L Malinga to J Roy, FOUR BYES! Back of a length ball outside off, it kept low. Goes under the bat of Roy, even Dickwella fails to collect it and the ball races away to the fence at third man.
0.1
0
L Malinga to J Roy, Starts off bowling a length ball in line of the stumps, Roy stays inside and taps it to the off side.

Surprise, surprise! It is afternoon time in Pallekele but no thunderstorms. We have a match on our hands! Yippeee! Jason Roy and Alex Hales are the openers for England while Lasith Malinga has the first new ball in his hand. Roy to face. Here we go!!!