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Sri Lanka vs England - 5th ODI

Series: England in Sri Lanka, 5 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date: 23 October 2018

England 132/9 (26.1 Ovs) RR: 5.04 | Sri Lanka beat England by 219 runs (D/L method)

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So that is it from the series. Morgan is handed the trophy. Cricket though between the two sides has not ended as of now. There is still a T20I to go and then a Test series to follow. The one-off T20I between the two will take place in Colombo at 1900 local (1330 GMT) on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Till then, goodbye and cheers!

England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says they were very poor today and is disappointed how they ended the series. Adds further the guys brought in did not click and failed to execute the plans. Admits they were outplayed. Mentions there was plenty on offer in today's game but they were not upto the mark. States they will look to learn from this game but is happy for the way they have played throughout. He is happy the younger guys and the players who did not play in this series got an opportunity which enables them to have more players to select from for the World Cup.

Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, says the hard work paid off today. Credits the openers for the way they played. Further adds himself and Mendis did well to build on it. Reckons it is not easy to play after losing the series but the boys showed great character. Admits their fielding was an issue before the series but they have done well. States they need to be consistent and he hopes they can keep improving as they are a young squad.

Man of the Match, Niroshan Dickwella, says he is happy with the way he played. He believes he was unfortunate to not get to his 100. He admits it was his mistake but he was attacking throughout and wanted to play the same. Admits the words with the coaches helped him with his batting. Adds further it was a hot day and he was taking his time and was not cramping. Ends by saying he moves around to unsettle the lines and the lengths of the bowlers.

You get a feel it was just not England's day today. They were poor in the field, dropping several catches, their bowlers were very poor and their batting which most of the times fires, did not come off. Probably a day to forget for them but a series to remember as they have won it 3-1.

Now coming to the defense - Their bowlers started off in great fashion with both Rajitha and Chameera running through the top order. The former took one and the latter took three. In no time England were 28 for 4 and then it was an uphill task. A struggling (cramps) Stokes along with Moeen then counter-attacked. The two added a lovely 79-run stand. Ben Stokes got to his fifty but once the off spinning all-rounder fell, Sri Lanka ran through the lower order. Akila was the destroyer as he bagged four. However, the clouds opened up, just as the 9th wicket fell and that was that.

So, the inevitable has happened, the game has been CALLED OFF, which means, Sri Lanka have won the last ODI by a whopping margin of 219 (DLS). A complete team performance by them. They were ruthless with the bat first up, led by their opener, Dickwella and Chandimal. Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis also played handy knocks which saw the hosts post a massive 366 - their highest score against England.

A massive downpour is sweeping the Khettarama now. The ground is getting spread with covers from everywhere. Don't look like we are resuming any time soon, or probably not tonight. Neither team will be complaining too much, given the state of the game, Please stay tuned...

26.1
0
A Dananjaya to L Plunkett, OUT! LBW! The decision stands as it is! For the first time, we see an umpire rush for shelter as he runs with his left hand in the air, signalling the decision as out. Never looked in doubt, to be honest. Landed outside off, Plunkett looks to play that from the crease but is pretty late. Misses the ball, as it hits his pad. He is adjudged LBW but he reviews it. Replays show that the ball hit the back pad, then the glove and went behind. 9 down, are England as we are almost done with this match but it is pelting down, so the game is halted.

Plunkett has been adjudged LBW! He has taken the review though... Meanwhile, the covers are already coming on.

25.6
0
D Chameera to Tom Curran, A short ball outside off, Tom fends it to the off side.

Oh dear... the heavens have opened up. The rain is coming down pretty heavily.

25.5
0
D Chameera to Tom Curran, JUST IN! Full on middle, Tom pushes it towards mid on and initially calls for the single but then sends Plunkett back. Liam just about plonks his bat in when Thisara Perera fires in a throw at the bowler's end. It is referred upstairs and replays confirm that the non-striker is safe.

Direct hit! Has Plunkett been run out here?

25.4
0
D Chameera to Tom Curran, A bouncer on middle, Tom ducks.
25.3
0
D Chameera to Tom Curran, The batsman has played it to the point region.
25.2
0
D Chameera to Tom Curran, Outside off, a play and a miss.
25.1
1
D Chameera to L Plunkett, Down the leg side, flicked through the leg side for a single.

Dushmantha Chameera is back on. 5-0-19-3 so far. We hear a huge rumble in the background. Aleem Dar is worried...

24.6
1
A Dananjaya to L Plunkett, Full and outside off, driven down the ground for a run. 3 runs and a wicket from the over, Akila's figures read 6-0-19-3.
24.5
1
A Dananjaya to Tom Curran, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
24.4
0
A Dananjaya to Tom Curran, Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
24.3
0
A Dananjaya to Tom Curran, Pitched on off, spinning in, Curran looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.

Tom Curran walks in at number 10, replacing Rashid.

24.2
0
A Dananjaya to A Rashid, OUT! BOWLED! Right through! Akila has his third. Full and just outside off, Rashid looks to defend with a big lunge, but the ball spins in, goes between bat and pad and hits the stumps! The keeper is celebrating more than the bowler who believes that it is routine stuff. England going down quickly...
24.1
1
A Dananjaya to L Plunkett, Tossed up on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.
23.6
1
de Silva to L Plunkett, Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
23.5
0
de Silva to L Plunkett, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
23.4
0
de Silva to L Plunkett, Full on middle, Plunkett comes down the track and plays it towards short mid-wicket.
23.3
1
de Silva to A Rashid, Full and outside off, Rashid looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards point. A single taken.
23.2
0
de Silva to A Rashid, Full on middle, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.
23.1
0
de Silva to A Rashid, Outside off, Rashid dabs it straight to first slip.
22.6
0
A Dananjaya to L Plunkett, Short and outside off, Plunkett looks to cut but the ball stays extremely low and beats him. 4 runs and a wicket from the over, Akila's figures read 5-0-16-2.
22.5
1
A Dananjaya to A Rashid, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
22.4
2
A Dananjaya to A Rashid, Full and outside off, Rashid leans and drives it through the covers for a couple.
22.3
1
A Dananjaya to L Plunkett, Full and around off, flicked wide of mid-wicket for a single to get off the mark.
22.2
0
A Dananjaya to L Plunkett, Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler.

Liam Plunkett walks in at number 9. Will this end soon?

22.1
0
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, OUT! Stokes' innings ends! It was a brave effort. But it needed too much out of him, that too, on literally one leg. Full and around leg, Ben got down to slog and on first sight, it seemed like he had got the distance. But when the ball did come down, Thisara Perera was calmly waiting under it to take the catch. The Lankans celebrate. Surely they have this in the bag now.
21.6
0
de Silva to A Rashid, Watchfully plays that out.
21.5
0
de Silva to A Rashid, Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
21.4
1
de Silva to Ben Stokes, On middle, flicked towards square leg. There is a bit of urgency in the screaming, Stokes hobbles across, the throw comes in at the bowler's end but the limping man makes it.
21.3
0
de Silva to Ben Stokes, Outside off, punched off the back foot.
21.2
0
de Silva to Ben Stokes, Around middle and off, pushed back to the bowler.

Adil Rashid comes in at number 8 as Ben Stokes gets more treatment on his right knee...

21.1
0
de Silva to Sam Curran, OUT! A wicket immediately on return! Tossed up outside off, Sam backs away and looks to go inside out but finds Lakshan Sandakan at wide long off! The shot was not bad, just that the placement was not perfect. That will hurt England's score on DLS too...

Dhananjaya de Silva is back on. 2-0-15-0 so far.

20.6
1
A Dananjaya to Sam Curran, Full and around middle, swept away for a run.
20.5
0
A Dananjaya to Sam Curran, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
20.4
0
A Dananjaya to Sam Curran, Gets squared up, looks to flick but the leading edge goes wide of first slip.
20.3
0
A Dananjaya to Sam Curran, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
20.2
1
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Full and outside off, sliced over cover for a single.
20.1
0
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Short and outside off, punched towards cover.
19.6
1
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, Pushes it down to long on for a run. 20 overs up now which means we will have a result. The reserve day won't be coming into play. Also, just as I write that a big lightning was seen flashing near the ground. So the rain might not be far away.
19.5
1
L Sandakan to Sam Curran, The batsman drives this through the covers. One run added to the total.
19.4
1
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, Eases it down to long off for a run.
19.3
4
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Stokes will keep going here! He now brings the reverse sweep out and hits it through backward point for back-to-back boundaries.
19.2
4
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Clean, clea hitting this! He goes down on one knee and sweeps it through mid-wicket. It is right off the middle and leaves no chance to any fielder.
19.1
0
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, Flatter on off, Stokes plays the cut to point. That was a risky shot as there not a lot of width on offer there.
18.6
0
A Dananjaya to Sam Curran, Tossed up on middle, defended again.
18.5
0
A Dananjaya to Sam Curran, On the stumps, kept out.
18.4
1
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Uppish but in the gap! Stokes drives it through covers for a run.
18.3
0
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Flatter on middle, Stokes pushes it to mid-wicket.

Sam Curran is the new man in.

18.2
0
A Dananjaya to M Ali, OUT! In the air... taken! Half the side is back into the hut now. Akila has provided the breakthrough and probably ended the hopes which were building in the English camp. He tosses it up around off, it pitches and then turns away. It was also bowled slightly slower. Ali tries to play it across the line with a slog but is done in by the turn and the pace. The ball takes a top edge and lobs towards covers. Chandimal runs in, dives and takes it. A good catch by the skipper ends the 79-run stand.
18.1
0
A Dananjaya to M Ali, Floated on off, kept out.
17.6
0
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, Played to the point region by the batsman.
17.5
4
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, EDGY FOUR! This one pitches and turns away. Stokes tries to cut but gets an outside edge, wide of the slip fielder and into the third man fence.
17.4
4
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Gets to his 13th ODI fifty in style. However, not a lot of style in the way he celebrated it. He was holding his leg and then raised his bat to his dressing room. He is looking good out there but. Really timing it well. Even this one, it was tossed up outside off, Stokes goes down on one knee and hits it over covers for a boundary. It is also his first against Lanka, he would hope to fight and make it big.
17.3
1
L Sandakan to M Ali, Another floated delivery outside off, Ali tries to go over covers but mistimes it towards the sweeper for a run.
17.2
4
L Sandakan to M Ali, FOUR! Picked his spot well there. It was tossed up on middle, Ali hits it over mid on and the ball trickles over the fence.
17.1
1
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, Again Stokes smash it towards wide long off and limps to the other end. Not looking good here is the big man.
16.6
1
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Makes room, Dananjaya follows him and Stokes smashes it to long off for a run.
16.5
0
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Another one but still can't find the gap.
16.4
0
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Reverse sweep but finds point.
16.3
0
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Played to the point region by the batsman.
16.2
1
A Dananjaya to M Ali, Just short! A good effort by Samarawickrama. He maybe misjudged it a touch. A slightly short ball on middle, Ali goes for the pull but ends up hitting it a little too straight towards long on. SS there first runs to his left, comes forward then, a little too late, dives but can't get to it. Good thing is, he saves a boundary. A run taken.
16.1
0
A Dananjaya to M Ali, That was played very late. Fires it on off, Ali waits for it and at the very last moment, guides it to backward point.

Drinks! So Sri Lanka are way ahead in the game at the moment. Their new-ball bowlers wrecked havoc but after that, Stokes and Ali have managed to build a good stand here. The two hold the key and England would hope they can continue. Stokes though seems to be struggling a touch but he would look to shrug off the cramps and pull out something extraordinary here.

15.6
1
L Sandakan to M Ali, The googly, Ali picks it and works it through square leg for a run.
15.5
0
L Sandakan to M Ali, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
15.4
0
L Sandakan to M Ali, Another short ball on middle, Moeen goes back and tries to pull but is early into the shot. It goes off the toe end back to the bowler. Ali will be disappointed. He would feel a boundary opportunity was missed there.
15.3
1
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, Very full on middle, it is pushed towards mid on for a run.
15.2
4
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, FOUR! But maybe a catching opportunity goes abegging. It is tossed up on off, Stokes brings out the reverse sweep. The ball takes the outside edge due to the extra bounce. Goes in between slip and the keeper, both fail to react and the ball races away. Back-to-back boundaries.
15.1
4
L Sandakan to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Welcome into the attack! A drag down to begin with! Stokes won't miss out. He pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

Lakshan Sandakan is on.

14.6
0
A Dananjaya to M Ali, A good nut to end the over! Akila floats it up on off, it is slower. Ali lunges and tries to defend but is beaten by the away turn.
14.5
4
A Dananjaya to M Ali, FOUR! Swept and swept fine! On the stumps, Ali loves playing that shot. He goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. Also, 50-run stand comes up. A very important one. It has also come up in quick time. The two hold the key for England.
14.4
0
A Dananjaya to M Ali, Floated up on the stumps, kept out.
14.3
1
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Stokes positions himself to play the reverse sweep early. Akila bowls it on the leg stump. Stokes still connects well and hits it through point for a run.
14.2
2
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Akila tosses it up on off, Stokes with the turn, lofts it over covers. It is not right off the middle and the batsmen take two.
14.1
0
A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, On the stumps, pushed back to the bowler.

Akila Dananjaya is into the attack.

13.6
4
de Silva to M Ali, FOUR! Another expensive over. 12 from this one and 25 from the last two. A half-tracker from Dhananjaya. Ali goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. England seem to be getting a move on now.
13.5
0
de Silva to M Ali, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
13.4
6
de Silva to M Ali, SIX! BANG! Top shot by Ali. This should also release the pressure off Stokes. That was played with the angle. Seeing that there is not a lot of turn, he plays the slog sweep, connects really well and it sails over the mid-wicket fence.
13.3
1
de Silva to Ben Stokes, Makes room does Stokes and he slaps it through covers for a run. Seems like he has decided to go after the bowlers. He has to as the run rate required is increasing.
13.2
1
de Silva to M Ali, Slightly shorter in length outside off, Moeen pushes it through covers and takes a single.
13.1
0
de Silva to M Ali, Slower through the air on middle, Ali defends it out.
12.6
0
T Perera to Ben Stokes, A dot to end but an expensive over. 13 from it. Slower ball, it has been eased to mid on.
12.5
4
T Perera to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Now getting better! Third boundary in the over. Stokes dances down the track, Perera bangs it short. It seems to have done Stoke in but he adjusts and cuts it over point.
12.4
4
T Perera to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Stand and deliver! Nothing much wrong with that delivery, it was just short of a length. Stokes picks the length early and pulls it through mid-wicket and the ball races away. This is turning out to be a good over for England.
12.3
1
T Perera to M Ali, Does the smart thing now by taking a single as he guides it down to third man.
12.2
4
T Perera to M Ali, FOUR! A much-needed one for England. Brings up the fifty but it has come at the cost of 4 wickets. Short and it sits up to be hit. Ali goes back, swivels and the pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
12.1
0
T Perera to M Ali, Full and outside off, Ali finds the man at covers with his drive.

Just as Perera was about to bowl, Ali pulls out. Sightscreen problem, maybe.

11.6
0
de Silva to Ben Stokes, Two dots to end a tight first by Dhananjaya. He darts it on off, Stokes pushes it to covers. 318 more needed in 228 balls.
11.5
0
de Silva to Ben Stokes, Reverse swept but finds the fielder at point. That was nicely hit, a little to the left or the right and it would have been a certain boundary.
11.4
1
de Silva to M Ali, With the angle, Moeen nudges it around the corner and jogs to the other end. Dealing in singles are England.
11.3
1
de Silva to Ben Stokes, Fires it on off, Stokes pushes it through covers and takes a run.
11.2
1
de Silva to M Ali, Short ball and it skids off the surface. Ali goes back and pulls it down to long on for a run.
11.1
0
de Silva to M Ali, Slower through the air on middle, Moeen defends it.

Dhananjaya de Silva is into the attack.

10.6
1
T Perera to M Ali, Another slower ball, Moeen works it towards mid-wicket and takes a run. 5 from Perera's first.
10.5
0
T Perera to M Ali, A dot as Perera lands it on a length and attacks the stumps. Moeen brings out the forward defense.
10.4
1
T Perera to Ben Stokes, Make that 4 as Stokes dances down the track and slaps it through covers for a run.
10.3
1
T Perera to M Ali, Slower ball outside off, Ali guides it to third man and gets to the other end. Three singles of three balls to start Thisara's spell.
10.2
1
T Perera to Ben Stokes, On the middle pole, Stokes tucks it towards wide mid on and takes another single.
10.1
1
T Perera to M Ali, Goes short to Moeen Ali, he pulls it all along the ground and to the man at deep square leg for a run.

POWERPLAY 2 has been signalled. 4 players allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over (if the match lasts till then). Thisara Perera is the first bowling change of the night.

9.6
1
D Chameera to M Ali, A short ball, down the leg side, pulled towards fine leg for a run. 41/4 IN POWERPLAY 1, Sri Lanka were 72/0 at this stage...
9.5
0
D Chameera to M Ali, Full and around off, Moeen looks to defend but gets it off the inner half towards mid on.
9.4
0
D Chameera to M Ali, Slightly fuller, punched wide of cover towards mid off.
9.3
0
D Chameera to M Ali, Another short ball, punched towards cover once more.
9.2
0
D Chameera to M Ali, Back of a length outside off, punched towards cover.
9.1
0
D Chameera to M Ali, Outside off, pushed towards point.
8.6
4
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, FOUR! CLUNK! A short ball, around middle, Stokes pulls it over mid-wicket and gets a boundary! 327 more needed from 246 balls.
8.5
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
8.4
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, On a length around middle, Stokes looks to flick but misses and is hit on the thigh pad.
8.3
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
8.2
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
8.1
4
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, FOUR! But a top effort from Dinesh Chandimal. A length ball outside off, Stokes punches it through the covers. Dinesh Chandimal gives it a superb chase from mid off, gets to the ball near the ropes and pulls it back in. Dasun Shanaka chasing it from cover gets to the ball now and returns the throw. The batsmen take three but the umpire checks it upstairs. Numerous replays are shown and eventually, we get the feeling, along with the third umpire, that Chandimal, while trying to flick the ball back, has touched the ropes. Not totally sure though...
7.6
0
D Chameera to M Ali, A short ball, outside leg, Ali looks to hook but misses. Dickwella puts in a lung-breaking appeal but the umpire calmly shakes his head. A wicket with just a boundary from the over, Chameera's figures read 4-0-18-3!
7.5
4
D Chameera to M Ali, FOUR! Fine way to get off the mark! Full and outside off, Moeen leans into this shot and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
7.4
0
D Chameera to M Ali, Around off, watchfully blocked out.
7.3
0
D Chameera to M Ali, A bouncer to greet the new man, Moeen lets it go.

Moeen Ali walks in at number 6, replacing Root.

7.2
0
D Chameera to Joe Root, OUT! The catch is clean and Root has to go too! England are in tatters now. Outside off, on a length, Root punches it aerially and cannot keep it down. The ball is dipping a touch but Sadeera Samarawickrama dives full length forward and takes it, claiming it straightaway. But Root stands his ground. The umpires have a chat and then refer it upstairs. Clean as a whistle, is the catch, as per the replays. With Root gone, the English tree is getting uprooted...

Is that taken? Sadeera Samarawickrama is claiming the catch but Root is not going anywhere. The umpires refer it upstairs and the soft signal is OUT.

7.1
0
D Chameera to Joe Root, Outside off, punched towards cover.
6.6
3
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for three runs. 339 more needed from 258 balls. Root moves to 10 from 14 balls.
6.5
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, NOT OUT. PITCHED OUTSIDE LEG. End of story. That was a good delivery though and on seeing it in the replays, it did seem like that was pitched in line. Stokes was clearly beaten by pace as the ball landed and came back in slightly, missing the bat and hitting the pads. Rajitha was confident and Dickwella convinced Chandimal to go for the review after Aleem Dar turned the LBW appeal down. Well, sadly for the home side, no more review chances in this match... meanwhile, a leg bye was stolen.

Huge shout for LBW! Sri Lanka seem to be confident. They take a review against Stokes. Seemed to be pitching outside leg.

6.4
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, Full and outside off, Ben is halfway down the track but is then forced to reach out, as Kasun smartly bowls a slower one. Mistimes his shot towards mid off.
6.3
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, That is a good nut. Rajitha lands it on a good length around off, Stokes looks to defend but the ball moves away and beats the outside edge.
6.2
1
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Outside off, steered to third man for a single. The stand moves to 20 from 28 balls.
6.1
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, On a length outside off, Root looks to flick but gets squared up due to the low bounce. The ball takes the leading edge and goes to cover.
5.6
3
D Chameera to Joe Root, Short and outside off, Joe punches it through the covers. Gets three.
5.5
0
D Chameera to Joe Root, Played to the point region by the batsman.
5.4
0
D Chameera to Joe Root, Short and outside off, Root leaps to cut but mistimes the shot to point.
5.3
0
D Chameera to Joe Root, Full on middle, Joe flicks it uppishly but it lands short of short mid-wicket. Nearly gave his wicket away...
5.2
1
D Chameera to Ben Stokes, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
5.1
1
D Chameera to Joe Root, On a length outside off, Root looks to defend, but gets a bottom edge to the off side. He has a look at his partner and both set off.
4.6
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, Around off, tightly defended. Just a run from the over.
4.5
1
K Rajitha to Joe Root, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
4.4
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Outside off, stays a touch low, Joe looks to punch it through the off side but is beaten. He then has a bemused look on his face as he sees Stokes.
4.3
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
4.2
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Excellent yorker outside off, Root just about digs it out.
4.1
0
K Rajitha to Joe Root, Full and around off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
3.6
4
D Chameera to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Outstanding timing. On the pads, Stokes just tucks it off his hips through square leg. That races away to the fence.
3.5
2
D Chameera to Ben Stokes, Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.
3.4
0
D Chameera to Ben Stokes, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
3.3
0
D Chameera to Ben Stokes, Down the leg side, Ben looks to flick but the ball goes off his pads, missing the leg stump, enroute the keeper.
3.2
0
D Chameera to Ben Stokes, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
3.1
1
D Chameera to Joe Root, Landed outside off, Root dabs it towards third man for a single. THAT IS THE FIRST BALL ROOT HAS FACED TONIGHT.
2.6
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
2.5
4
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, FOUR! On the pads, Stokes flicks it through square leg for a boundary!
2.4
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, Full and around off, Ben looks to drive but gets it off the inner half back to the bowler.
2.3
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
2.2
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, Around off, defended watchfully.
2.1
0
K Rajitha to Ben Stokes, On a length outside off, left alone.
1.6
1
D Chameera to Ben Stokes, Full and outside off, this time Stokes cannot resist. Goes for the cover drive but gets an outside edge which goes towards third man. A single to get him off the mark. What an over - 0, W, 0, W, 0, WD, 1!!!
1.6
0
D Chameera to Ben Stokes, WIDE. This is well outside off, Ben has nothing to do with it.
1.5
0
D Chameera to Ben Stokes, Outside off, comes back in slightly, but is safe enough to be left alone.

Ben Stokes is in at number 5 and we are not even beyond over 2 yet...

1.4
0
D Chameera to Jos Buttler, OUT! And then there were three! Sri Lanka are all over England now. Similar ball to the Hales one, but this time the batsman had to play at it. The outswinger consumes the skipper too. He looks to defend but is beaten by the late movement. Tries to counter it by walking into the shot but no difference. A simple edge to the keeper behind. Two wickets in 4 balls for Chameera who is flying...
1.3
0
D Chameera to Jos Buttler, On middle and leg, played straight to short mid-wicket.

Skipper Jos Buttler walks in at number 4, replacing Hales.

1.2
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D Chameera to A Hales, OUT! Edged and taken! Wow. Both the new-ball bowlers have a wicket in their opening over. Both the openers are dismissed. Horror start for England in their pursuit of a clean sweep. On a length, outside off, Hales is a touch tentative in playing that. It swings late, takes the outside edge and goes between the keeper and first slip. But Kusal Mendis at the latter position keeps his eyes on the ball and takes it cleanly to his left. Another failure for Hales - a duck this time.
1.1
0
D Chameera to A Hales, Outside off, slightly short in length, Hales looks to cut but gets a bottom edge to the off side.

Joe Root comes in at number 3, replacing Roy. But he will not be on strike. Dushmantha Chameera to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, OUT! BOWLED! That is a cracker of an outswinger and Roy is out of here. A lovely yorker, around off, Roy looks to get his bat down to defend but the ball swings away late, beats the outside edge and hits the base of off stump! A wicket in the first over then.
0.5
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, The batsman has been struck on the thigh pad. There is an LBW appeal but it is turned down. Too high.
0.4
4
K Rajitha to J Roy, FOUR! You beauty! Roy does not care whether the ball is swinging or not. Or if he was beaten or not. Full and on middle, Roy walks down the track and flicks it through square leg for a boundary!
0.3
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
0.2
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, Outside off, watchfully pushed towards point.
0.1
0
K Rajitha to J Roy, What a start! Call that a peach, a banana an apple or whatever fruit you want. The ball is landed in the corridor of uncertainty, Roy walks forward, looking to play straight but the ball swings away late and beats the outside edge, narrowly missing the off stump! That will set the tone for the innings.

Welcome back for the run chase. First things first. NO RAIN. We have a resumption on time. The Lankans get together in a huddle. Out come the umpires, followed by the players. Jason Roy and Alex Hales are the openers for England. Kasun Rajitha to begin proceedings for the run chase. Roy to face, with a slip in place. Here we go!!!