England v Sri Lanka – as it happened
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Preamble: Bilateral one-day series, eh? They're like restricting yourself to one flavour of Jolly Rancher for a fortnight. Sure, it could be a good one, like apple or blue raspberry – but it might be a stinker, like watermelon. There was a time when another touring team (say, India) would pitch up and make it a lovely triangular affair, with the prospect of a final (or even three!) But they appear to have gone the way of runners and Hawk-Eye, sadly ... that's progress, folks!
There is a tendency to slip into autopilot during these series because there is a tendency to slip into autopilot during these series. But today, even if you've got one eye on Wimbledon whilst , there'll be a small part of your (admittedly depraved) mind wanting a lick of this third ODI. When you're ready, I'll be waiting. With a belter of a pitch at Lord's, you might not even regret it.
Today's unchanged teams
England: Kieswetter (wk), Cook (c), Trott, Pietersen, Morgan, Bell, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Dernbach.
Sri Lanka: Jayawardene, Dilshan (c), Chandimal, Sangakkara (wk), Mathews, Kandamby, Mendis, Kulasekara, Lakmal, Randiv, Malinga.
10.35am: England have won the toss and decided to bat, which seems a no-brainer. "It looks a really good wicket and should be a good day for batting," says Cook. "I wanted to bat first," says Dilshan, looking a little miffed.
Meanwhile, some news on Stuart Broad's latest diva moment. This is not good from a player who needs to wind his neck in and concentrate on his bowling:
England bowler Stuart Broad has been fined 50% of his match fee following an incident in the second one-day international against Sri Lanka on Friday. Broad was found to have breached article 2.2.1 of the International Council's code of conduct which relates to "showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision".
The incident occurred in the final over of the Sri Lanka innings when Broad appealed for an lbw, which was turned down. As he left the field, Broad made "unacceptable and offensive remarks" to umpire Billy Bowden about the decision.
After the match, which England lost by 69 runs, Broad admitted the offence - removing the need for a formal hearing - and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by match referee Alan Hurst.
"Accepting an umpire's decision is an essential feature of cricket and part of the game's unique spirit," said Hurst. "Stuart's behaviour was not acceptable in any form of cricket, and as a well-established member of his country's national side and current captain of the Twenty20 international team, he must take responsibility for what he says and does."
1st over: England 4-0 (Cook 4, Kieswetter 0) Out come the players at HQ. "It's a full house, it's a gorgeous day," proclaims David Lloyd. Interesting decision from the Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, who opened with himself in the last game and has decided to give Angelo Mathews a dobble right from the start. There's not a lot of pace for Cook to work with and Mathews generally keeps a tight line on off-stump. That's a cracking shot, though - from the last ball of the over, Cook punches off the back foot and he gets enough bat behind it to get four between cover and mid-off. Meahwhile, it's only 10.45am but Bumble is already singing the praises of hog roast with apple sauce. "And a bit of crackling, there's nothing wrong with that," he adds for good measure.
2nd over: England 4-0 (Cook 4, Kieswetter 0) From the Nursery End it will be Lasith Malinga, who wangs down an 89mph yorker at Craig Kieswetter first ball. Malinga is shaping it back at the right-hander just a touch but Kieswetter isn't unduly troubled. The fifth ball has all the pace take off it, some 15mph slower, which deceives the England opener and he can only cross bat a shot into the ground and back to the bowler. That's a maiden.
3rd over: England 10-0 (Cook 9, Kieswetter 1) Dilshan decides a quick look at Mathews is all England will get and throws the ball to Nuwan Kulasekera. It's a nifty ploy to change the bowling after just one over, keeping the batsmen on their toes – though it'll start to look like a gimmick if it doesn't actually succeed in taking wickets. Kulasekera angles one excellent delivery across Cook, beating the outside edge but two balls later Cook exacts revenge but lustily cutting through point for four. A couple of singles off the last two balls and Sir ITB has seen enough to declare that 320 is about a par score for this wicket.
4th over: England 14-0 (Cook 13, Kieswetter 2) Cook crunches a glance off his legs to the deep square boundary, easing his strike rate briefly up above 100. He certainly looks ungainly when he's trying to be Alastair Cook The One-Day Plunderer, like a university lecturer trying to be groovy, but there's no reason he can't be as effective as someone like Shiv Chanderpaul, I reckon. Better soundbites would improve him as a captain too, currently he sounds like he's reading from a script whenever he's interviewed.
5th over: England 17-0 (Cook 14, Kieswetter 3) Botham is revising his target up with every delivery, though if England score 330 I'll consider boiling up my chapeau for supper. Perhaps he's been up all night watching that six ... Sri Lanka have started very well in the field, a diving stop at midwicket preventing a possible boundary and England pick up just a couple.
WICKET! Kieswetter 3 c Lakmal b Malinga (6th over: England 18-1) A slower ball from Malinga again pulls the rug from under Craig Kieswetter, who only succeeds in looping a catch to the man at mid-on. It was an off-cutter from the Sri Lanka, with Kieswetter done all ends up by the drop in speed and halfway through the shot before the ball reached him – that's the kind of sucker punch you can throw in if you bowl regularly at 90mph.
6th over: England 18-1 (Cook 15, Trott 0) Jonathan Trott ambles to the wicket, receiving some chat from the Sri Lankans on the way, presumably not of the "take your time, make yourself at home" variety. With these two in tandem, I wonder if Botham is revising his expectations ...
7th over: England 19-1 (Cook 16, Trott 0) Mahela Jayawardene has DROPPED Cook! That's a sight that's rarer than Nessie, a Jayawardene bungle. It was a regulation slip catch, Cook pushing at one that just left him from Suranga Lakmal, who has replace Malinga, but the ball clanged into Jayawardene's palms and popped straight back out. England are getting bogged down here ... "Not for the first time in his life, Stuart Broad is doing himself no favours is he?" writes Gary Naylor. "With Tremlett and Anderson nailed on as first choices for the India Tests, Finn looks a better wicket-taking option and Bresnan offers as much with the bat and plenty of control with the ball. Perhaps a some rotation may be in order and a little reflection too?"
8th over: England 25-1 (Cook 21, Trott 1) In the Sky commentary box, Nasser is prodding Athers about the fact that Cook and Trott have found themselves batting together in the Powerplay, trying to get a rise. Atherton, of course, referred to Cook as "a plodder at the top of the order" recently. In the middle, Sri Lanka think they've got Cook in similar fashion to his dismissal in the first ODI, attempting to flick one off his legs but the umpire adjudges that is came off his hip rather than bat. From the last ball of the over, the England captain rifles a cut away for four.
9th over: England 30-1 (Cook 25, Trott 2) There's no hurrying Jonathan Trott, is there? Though, having said that Trott nearly runs himself out after disdainfully examining three balls of Kulasekera's over. He pushed the fourth to mid-off but had Dilshan's throw hit - and it was pretty close - he would have been short of his ground. A gorgeous shot through midwicket brings Cook another four, the timing perfect and nothing funny about it for Kulasekera, because it wasn't a terrible delivery.
WICKET Trott 2 c Dilshan b Lakmal (10th over: England 30-2) Trott attempts the flashing blade but he dies by his own sword, reaching for a drive that wasn't quite there and punching the ball straight to mid-off where Dilshan pouches it comfortably. Trott is usually very good at adjusting his game to the demands of the situation but he clearly got a bit anxious about trying to score there. He departs for two from 13 balls and Sri Lanka are well on top.
10th over: England 32-2 (Cook 25, Pietersen 2) KP comes to the crease and immediately looks busy, moving his feet in a way that would probably upset . He sashays down the wicket to Lakmal and flips a ball into the legside from outside off for two. England need a peacock's innings from him today.
11th over: England 32-2 (Cook 25, Pietersen 2) A maiden from Kulasekera, who has bowled a tight line all morning and has conceded just 14 runs from his five overs. The last ball was edged low towards first slip where it fell short of Jayawardene and he did exceptionally well to stop it on the bounce.
12th over: England 45-2 (Cook 25, Pietersen 15) This is the stuff, oh yes! This could be the perfect scenario for Pietersen, coming in and looking to dominate on a belter of a wicket. He allows a couple of sighters from Lakmal before stepping out again to flick a four through square leg; the next ball he drives crisply down the ground for four more. His third boundary in succession is a little streaky, essentially a thick outside edge, but he hits so hard that the ball whistled away through point and would not be caught by the fielder. His shot from the last ball of the over is probably the best of the lot, stepping forward and then hooking ferociously as Lakmal drops short - but the ball flies like a tracer bullet to the fielder at deep square. That's woken everyone up!
13th over: England 47-2 (Cook 25, Pietersen 16) There's a lengthy discussion before the start of the over about how to combat Pietersen. That sort of batting really can set the cat among the mental pigeons. A short wide down the legside looked like a reaction to Pietersen again leaving his crease and by the end of the over Sangakkara is standing up to the stumps as Sri Lanka seek containment.
14th over: England 58-2 (Cook 25, Pietersen 25) Pietersen is whirling like a dervish in a washing machine out there and it's an absolute pleasure to watch! He has obviously decided to target Lakmal, who isn't the quickest, and he whips another boundary through midwicket after again advancing on the bowler. He picks up a couple with a rare drive into the offside before a sloppy piece of fielding from the captain Dilshan at mid-off gifts him four more. That was a reflection of the chaos being wreaked by KP, who is now almost level with Cook in less than five overs out in the middle!
15th over: England 64-2 (Cook 26, Pietersen 32) It's sensible to try and keep Pietersen in his crease, which Kulasekera does well enough with Sangakkara up to the stumps. He also has an appeal against Pietersen after hitting the batsman on the foot with a yorker but it was outside off-stump. Then, from the final ball, Sanga drops back, signalling that the bouncer is coming but it's pitiful, really, and Pietersen smashes it roundhouse to deep backward square once again. England have so far doubled their score during the bowling Powerplay - Cook has scored just one run out of 32.
16th over: England 65-2 (Cook 27, Pietersen 32) On comes the legspinner Jeevan Mendis, and these overs will be crucial to England's prospects of setting a challenging total in the region of 300; can they work the slower bowlers around and keep wickets in hand? Mendis is on target straight away, conceding just a single. Here's Gary Naylor: "Re David Haye's toe - I suspect Fred Trueman's toe looked like that about 300 overs into his annual 1000 or so. And Hamburg's ring last night was probably less hostile environment than the Yorkshire dressing room of the 50s and 60s."
17th over: England 69-2 (Cook 29, Pietersen 34) Surav Randiv is on to bowl in tandem with Mendis. This could be more arthouse than blockbuster, with both Cook and Pietersen attempting to nurdle the ball into the gaps. As soporific as the middle overs can seem, it's vital that the England pair run hard whilst trying to work the odd boundary, so that they don't get stuck on the flypaper.
18th over: England 72-2 (Cook 30, Pietersen 36) My eyelids are drooping, though that's probably more to do with last night's, er, wine-tasting session. Mendis, who is far more orthodox than his "mystery ball" namesake, is tossing it up nicely and getting some bounce. One-one-one becomes dot-dot-dot and you can probably do your own counting from there.
19th over: England 77-2 (Cook 30, Pietersen 36) Pietersen attempts to raise the tempo, smashing a ball back at Randiv that only just evades his dive. Five, all singles, from the over. "Warm weather at Lords means poor conditions for follicly challenged players like Trott says Beard Liberation Front organiser Keith Flett. Unless goggles are worn sweat runs from the head into the eyes and disturbs concentration."
WICKET! Pietersen 41 c Randiv b Mendis (20th over: England 79-3) Darn. The spinners' web has snared KP, reaching for a slog sweep but not getting close enough to the pitch. A top edge flew off the bat – and still nearly reached the boundary rope, such is the strength in those forearms – with Randiv moving in to take a good catch. With just two runs off the over as well, this is tipping the tourists' way.
21st over: England 80-3 (Cook 33, Morgan 0) Suranga Lakmal is back on, with his aggressor back in the hutch, Eoin Morgan is in and Alastair Cook is, well, batting like Alastair Cook. He moves to 33 from 52 deliveries from the second ball of Lakmal's over and then Morgan is unable to accrue anything from the remaining four deliveries, even missing out on a cut shot from a juicy wide one ... Are England going to make 300? Are they hell!
WICKET! Morgan 4 lbw Mendis (22nd over: England 81-3) Bah! After spinning on the spot to rattle a boundary to square leg off Mendis, Morgan gets too far across to the next delivery and when he misses with his leg glance the ball raps him on the knee roll and he is gone. The delivery pitched in line and straightened, probably going on to hit middle and leg. England are reeling like Bob Nudd after a night out larging it.
22nd over: England 88-4 (Cook 35, Bell 2) This is going the way of a pear cider made from 100% pear(s) for England. There's not an awful lot of batting beyond these two. Though Ian R Bell does have super powers and may even be able to coax Cook into playing some shots, if they can get a partnership going ...
23rd over: England 96-4 (Cook 41, Bell 4) The palpitations induced by Kevin Pietersen's brief reign of terror have subsided and Dilshan is the one smiling now. Mendis is bowling in-cre-di-bly slow-ly, tossing it up at around 45mph; at one point Bell gets down to play a pre-meditated lap to fine leg and almost gets up again to adjust his box and have, such was the time it took for the ball to arrive in his vicinity. "Well bowled Jeevan Mendis, but perhaps Alastair Cook should be credited with KP's wicket," suggest Gary Naylor. "If you're scoring 7 runs off 20 balls, it rather demands a few shots at the other end." I think the mood KP was in, he would have thrown the bat at Mendis regardless. Let's not start the Hatin' on Cook just yet – he's just slapped a cut for four!
24th over: England 103-4 (Cook 42, Bell 6) Dilshan licks his lips and brings Malinga back on for another burst. It's another good over, full of variety, including yorkers, bouncers and slower deliveries, but it is blotted by a couple of comedy misfields that gift England four byes and take them past 100. That was so bad it looked like an attempt by Sri Lanka to help the hosts make a game of it ... Malinga fired down a wide-ish delivery, which bounced awkwardly in front of Sangakkara, causing him to let the ball through his legs
as Alastair Cook yelled "nuts!" at the other end . Chandimal then slid past the ball on the boundary, to the sound of swanee whistles around the ground.
25th over: England 106-4 (Cook 43, Bell 8) Mendis zippadeedoodahs through his six balls. In the plus column: England didn't lose another wicket; in the minus: they scored three.
27th over: England 117-4 (Cook 52, Bell 10) Malinga, whose figures are a tidy 4-1-9-1, continues. Cook times a leg glance sweetly to the boundary for four and then from the final ball of the over he reaches 50, from 69 balls, with a flick to fine leg. Time for him to plod to a run-a-ball hundred, methinks. Malinga's numbers regress to a more ordinary-looking 5-1-20-1.
28th over: England 120-4 (Cook 53, Bell 12) The odds aren't quite as long as 500-1 on England winning today but then neither do they have a phenom like Botham batting at No7. Let's hope Tim Bresnan isn't called on to do his best Beefy impression for a while yet. For fans of binary, Mendis's seventh over went for 0-1-0-1-0-1.
29th over: England 125-4 (Cook 55, Bell 15) Just in case you were wondering, I could do with an email or two here. Between me and the England batsmen, there's precious little entertainment going ... Randiv comes back into the attack to give Malinga a rest (two overs in a row is quite enough of a workout for that bubble perm), conceding five singles, much to the delight of all concerned.
30th over: England 129-4 (Cook 57, Bell 17) If these two stick around until the death, England are looking at around 250-60, in accordance with the old 30 overs and double it metric. Though these days scoring a ton off the last 10 isn't so tough. I know, who am I kidding?
31st over: England 132-4 (Cook 59, Bell 18) Stats-u-dont-like: England have scored just two boundaries off the spinners, from 72 deliveries. "I commend you on the Bob Nudd mention," writes Stuart Wilson, coming to my aid at just the right time. "Shame how these sports that we are actually good at, like fishing, don't get the support that they deserve. Imagine the fun that could be had by doing a MBM of good old Bob whipping minnows out of the Trent and Mersey canal for 5 hours." I'd be angling for that gig, you can be sure ...
32nd over: England 138-4 (Cook 61, Bell 22) A two! Bell has scored a two! That's the first time either of the batsmen has scored more than a single in the last five overs. The fact it came from a miscued drive that dropped just short of the fielder is probably best left to one side ...
33rd over: England 140-4 (Cook 62, Bell 23) Randiv has an appeal for lbw against Bell. It's turned down on height. "Maybe the cricket is so dull because they have all broken their toes?" wags Alex Gerrard, riffing on David Haye's pain. I hear Haye threw less shots than Cook has so far today.
34th over: England 144-4 (Cook 64, Bell 25) This is classically England, pootling around, failing to score boundaries, pseudo-rebuilding the innings. The run rate is four and a bit and we're about to have the ball change, which will doubtless bugger up the 'rhythm' that Cook and Bell have got in to. "The lack of emails may be connected to the Wimbledon thingy today, so why not make your OBO sound more tennisy to snare in a few unsuspecting extra readers," suggests Robin Hazlehurst. "Just replace the word 'bat' with 'racket' and 'bowl' with 'serve' throughout, and maybe 'wicket' with 'net'. And make the inverse suggestion to whichever colleague is GBGing the tennis." If this were a tennis match, Sri Lanka would be one set up with a break in the second. England would be Andy Murray.
35th over: England 149-4 (Cook 66, Bell 27) The batting Powerplay is taken and Malinga returns to sling away. MY GODS, IS A BOUNDARY TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR? Yes. Four singles and a wide off the over. "Is it fair to say that the England Cook isn't an automatic guaranteed starter for ODI's? Given that he wasn't picked for the World Cup it seems strange that he was appointed captain.... I could be proved wrong today though." I doubt you'll be proved wrong today, Andy Donald, although I think Cook should be given a little more time to hone his one-day smarts.
36th over: England 152-4 (Cook 68, Bell 28) Kulasekera comes back on, with the hard ball and fielding restrictions doing what England couldn't and seeing off the spinners. Kula appeals optimistically for a catch after Cook jams the ball into the ground, thinking that it might have popped up off his foot. To summarise: it didn't. "Dear Alan," begins Justin Horton politely enough, before throwing the sucker punch. "Surely that should be 'threw fewer shots', not 'less'?" You do know this is grauniad.cu.ok, right?
37th over: England 157-4 (Cook 71, Bell 30) This time Malinga lasts just one over before being sent to field back down by cow corner. Lakmal lopes to the wicket, but still it's Match.com out there, single after single after single. "Are Cook and Bell winning or losing this match for England?" wonders Gary Naylor, before answering his own question. "Of course we don't know yet, but if they played this partnership 100 times in ODIs, I doubt we'd win more than a dozen." Aye. It's now 10 overs since England's last four (needless to say there have been no sixes). Hold on, it gets worse ...
WICKET! Bell 30 c Kulasekera b Lakmal (37th over: England 157-5) From the last ball of the over Lakmal bumps it in short and Bell, reaching about as high as his little arms will allow, succeeds only in deflecting it off the face of the bat and straight to the fielder at third man.
38th over: England 161-5 (Cook 74, Bresnan 1) That dismissal means Cook has crept back into his shell. Remember when we were talking about 300 a couple of hours back? That seems an idea about as daft as Soda Stream now. Bresnan gets off the mark with a thick edge. Ho hum.
39th over: England 168-5 (Cook 79, Bresnan 3) Cook swishes and an edge through gully brings England a four at last. No one is convinced, however. Flipping heck, England won the toss. If they get to 250 there could still be a game on but that's looking like a Butterbean-sized if. "Whilst we're on the subject of Bob Nudd, I wonder how many OBO readers are familiar with his erstwhile tilt at the Top 40 with a single called 'Maggots In Me Catapult'?," writes Ray. "It's true, I remember seeing the video - 'the master blaster, compared to me there's nobody faster' (rapping about his casting acumen, I think). It was featured on BBC East Anglia one evening in the mid 90s, with footage of Bob intoning clumsily in the studio, and an interview with the sound engineer, who said he thought Bob's recording was 'pointless'." If only there was a repository for such 'clips' and archive footage on the web?
40th over: England 177-5 (Cook 85, Bresnan 6) In another captaincy curveball, Dilshan brings on Thilina Kandamby for an over of what are allegedly leg-breaks. One is served up on a silver platter, waist high for Cook to cream through midwicket for four. [Partridge voice] Cash back. "The lack of emails (over 34) is all about competition," theorises James Gordon, who has a PhD, dontchaknow. "England being crap does not compete with almost anything else you can think of doing on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Except of course being stuck in the office trying to deflect anger from my superiors by getting a shed load of stuff ready for Monday morning."
41st over: England 181-5 (Cook 87, Bresnan 8) The guardian system has decided to mimic England's batting, grinding and stuttering through the overs. Four singles off Randiv. If they were sleep-walking, at least they'd be going somewhere. "Of course, it could be threw less punches if you feel that his punches were simply inadequate. Not small, not lacking in number, not even weak or worse, but just indefinably 'less'. It has an engagingly wistful and end-of-an-era sound if you say it like that. Appropriately enough. Although pedants may yet argue that it should be 'lesser'." I can't imagine you'll bump into too many pedants round these parts, Robin Hazlehurst.
42nd over: England 191-5 (Cook 92, Bresnan 13) Lakmal has been the bowler England have been most likely to score off and Cook starts the over with a four to fine leg, aided by some buffoonery from Malinga. Bresnan then jams the bat down on a full-bunger, squeezing the ball out for another boundary through midwicket. It's almost like they're trying to raise the tempo, you know.
43rd over: England 198-5 (Cook 96, Bresnan 16) The burgeoning sense of urgency continues into Randiv's over, as Cook and Bresnan run hard off every ball. Bresnan is looking pretty comfortable at the crease now and as Nasser Hussain says, the combined total of five off 26 balls from Kieswetter and Trott at the top of the order is looking pretty costly (for England, if not Sri Lanka).
44th over: England 202-5 (Cook 98, Bresnan 18) Four singles off Lakmal, which is a missed opportunity because Malinga will be next on at that end to bowl his final three overs. "I'm sorry to be pedantic," says Jeremy Bunting, a little disingenuously, "but only the Grauniad could ignore the loss of Bell's wicket. Everyone else seems to think there are five wickets down." It's the system, I'm fighting the system - it's processing like Alastair Cook batting through treacle!
45th over: England 205-5 (Cook 100, Bresnan 19) The hundred comes up for Cook, off 127 balls. That's his second ODI century, after getting one against Bangladesh last year. In the circumstances, he has held the innings together, though you feel that his circumspection has set the tone for England's batting, unfortunately. Three off the over is woeful at this stage.
46th over: England 211-5 (Cook 104, Bresnan 21) Another drop! Cook, who was given a life by Jayawardene right at the start of his knock, slices Malinga high towards backward point but Kandamby, running in, fluffs the chance. England still can't get the ball to the rope, though they manage to run seven.
47th over: England 219-5 (Cook 109, Bresnan 23) I fear this score is going to look feeble when Dilshan and Jayawardene open up the Sri Lanka chase. The tourists have bowled and fielded well but England have been typically stodgy. Cook's hundred feels a pyrrhic one, though he manage to manufacture a couple of productive heaves for two, meaning Lakmal ends with tow for 62 from his 10 overs.
48th over: England 223-5 (Cook 110, Bresnan 26) After Bresnan gets off strike first ball, Cook cannot get the slinger away, flailing like an air traffic controller in a gale at three deliveries in a row. He eventually gets a single but by then even a two for Bresnan, mishitting a slower ball past mid-off, can't redeem the cause much.
WICKET! Cook 119 run out (49th over: England 232-6) The supremely economical Kulasekera (9-1-29-0) replaces Lakmal but he gives Cook room to swing his arms first ball and Cook crashes him towards deep midwicket for four. The next ball Cook thinks should be a wide, but isn't, then Kula drops short and is swivel-pulled hard for four more. These are useful runs for England, even though it looks like they won't get enough. Cook is then dismissed two balls later, trying for a run after Bresnan had missed, only for Sangakkara to score a direct hit from behind the stumps.
WICKET! Bresnan 26 b Malinga (50th over: England 234-7) Brezzie lad goes in slightly unfortunate fashion, getting plenty of bat on an inswinging yorker from Malinga but only managing to crunch it into his front leg, the ball ricocheting back on to his stumps. A decent knock, that. "When does the 'Bring Back Colly' campaign start? the other BBC," pipes up Tim Woollias.
50th over: England 246-7 (Broad 1, Swann 11) END OF INNINGS Malinga is sending the graphic equaliser up and down, mixing up his pace expertly and Broad and Swann look a little bemused. From the penultimate ball, however, Swann hits one right out of the screws over deep midwicket for England's first six of the match! You can bet that Sri Lanka won't leave it till the 50th over to try that. The final ball then skitters for four down to third man via a thick outside edge and these are valuable extra runs for England. It means they almost weech their way up to 250, which is probably the very least they needed. Sri Lanka need 247 to win, then, and will be strong favourites. Rob Smyth will be here for the chase. Bye!
1st over: Sri Lanka 5-0 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 9, Dilshan 0) England need early wickets to have any realistic chance, and there are two slips for James Anderson. His third ball is short, wide and slapped over backward point by Mahela Jayawardene. An average over ends with a good delivery that hits the seam and jags past Dilshan's defensive push. "I was wondering whether anyone else was getting tired of these one-day matches?" asks Brian Dennehy. "Sri Lanka are on the whole inferior group of players to England but seem to have the edge in terms of bowlers who can keep the runs down (as opposed to being able to genuinely beat batsmen and get them out), and batters who are found wanting against good Test bowling but successful at taking risks within the confines of the time (Jayawardene for instance). I don't think it should be encouraged!" That's a bit harsh on Jayawardene, an all-time great, but I agree that the balance between Test/limited-overs cricket is so important. If it is weighted any more towards the latter, the game will be in trouble.
2nd over: Sri Lanka 9-0 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 9, Dilshan 0) England need to bowl a full length to see if the ball will swing. With that comes the risk that you will be driven, and Jayawardene eases Bresnan's first delivery through extra cover for four more. The fourth ball is a peach of a leg-cutter that beats Jayawardene. There is definitely a bit here for England, and they must bowl aggressively. They can't just pitch it up willy nilly, but they do need to look for wickets. If Sri Lanka bat 50 overs, they will surely win. "As part of his ongoing self-improvement, the NBA's former bad boy, Ron Artest, is changing his name to ("Metta" is a Sanskrit word, meaning love, friendship, goodwill, etc.)," says Mac Millings. "Might your twos of readers have suggestions for cricketers wishing to change their names to something like the opposite of their previous behaviour? Perhaps Stuart Broad could become Self-Aware Polite Appealer. Sir Geoffrey Boycott is now Altruist Mental Health Practitioner. Nasser Hussain? Aesthete Bat First. Mike Atherton apparently reads the OBO, and I don't want to drive him away, otherwise I'd suggest Virender Clean Pockets." Would you be Multisyllabic Eye Contact?
3rd over: Sri Lanka 16-0 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 12, Dilshan 3) To my left, Jacob Steinberg is moaning with excitement, and not just because he's sitting next to me. . Seven from Anderson's over, six singles and a wide. England could take a a pasting here.
WICKET! Sri Lanka 21-1 (Dilshan b Bresnan 3) A very good delivery from Tim Bresnan gets rid of Tillakaratne Dilshan. It was angled in and then cut away just enough down the slope to hit the top of off stump as Dilshan played down the wrong line. England really, really, really, really, really, really, really needed that.
4th over: Sri Lanka 21-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 17, Chandimal 0) That was the last ball of the over.
5th over: Sri Lanka 30-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 26, Chandimal 0) Mahela Jayawardene collects consecutive boundaries with a smooth swivel pull and a flick to fine leg when Anderson, not for the first time, strays onto the pads. On Sky, Mikey Holding is convinced that Anderson is bowling at the wrong end because of the slope.
6th over: Sri Lanka 36-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 30, Chandimal 0) Jayawardene is in divine touch at the moment, and he drives Bresnan magnificently through extra cover for four more. We talk a lot about pinch-hitting but not so much about pinch-stroker, which also came into fashion in the 1996 World Cup with Sachin Tendulkar and Mark Waugh. Jayawardene is giving a masterclass in pinch-stroking and has raced to 32 from 29 balls. Now, there are hardly any emails coming in, which means I've had to resort to an Alex Netherton shopping list, a list that reeks of living in Islington. Studiers of Netherton's shopping lists from OBO past (you can do a module on it at certain universities now) will notice that a certain product is missing. No need for them now that he has been married for nearly a year.
Product and Price List:
1 x Sainsbury's Free Range Whole Chicken, Taste the Difference (approx 1.63kg) - Total Price GBP 7.74
1 x Sainsbury's High Juice Orange Squash Drink 1L - Total Price GBP 1.28
6 x Sainsbury's Bananas (loose) - Total Price GBP 0.78
1 x Sainsbury's British Cox Apples x6 - Total Price GBP 1.99
1 x Sainsbury's Recycled Tie Top Refuse Sacks x20 - Total Price GBP 2.09
2 x Sainsbury's Clementines x6 - Total Price GBP 2.50
5 x Sainsbury's Chopped Tomatoes, Basics 400g - Total Price GBP 1.65
1 x Sainsbury's Garlic x3 - Total Price GBP 0.88
2 x Sainsbury's Tomato Puree, Double Concentrate 200g - Total Price GBP 0.86
1 x Sainsbury's Recycled Big Roll Toilet Tissue 8X360 Sheets - Total Price GBP 5.18
2 x Colgate Sensations and Whitening Toothpaste 100ml - Total Price GBP 2.28
1 x Sainsbury's High Juice Blackcurrant Squash 1L - Total Price GBP 0.72
1 x Sainsbury's 1% Fat Fabulously Fruity Strawberry, Raspberry & Summer Fruits 4x125g - Total Price GBP 1.95
1 x Sainsbury's Cous Cous 500g - Total Price GBP 0.61
1 x Sainsbury's Chick Peas In Water 410g - Total Price GBP 0.53
3 x Sainsbury's Red Kidney Beans In Water, Basics 420g - Total Price GBP 0.57
1 x Sainsbury's British Mature Cheddar 400g - Total Price GBP 3.21
1 x Princes Tuna Chunks In Brine 4x185g - Total Price GBP 2.99
3 x Sainsbury's Fresh Milk, Semi Skimmed 1.13L (2pint) - Total Price GBP 2.58
3 x Sainsbury's Clumping Cat Litter Natural Clay 8L - Total Price GBP 5.97
7th over: Sri Lanka 40-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 30, Chandimal 4) Chandimal gets off the mark in thrilling style, hooking Anderson off the front foot over midwicket for four. England are struggling. "I think I might have just seen Gary Naylor on the telly," says Mark Dixon, "in the Centre Court crowd." I think he's at Lord's. Although, as with those equally charismatic figures Keyser Soze and Tyler Durden, nobody truly knows where he is. Like Kevin Spacey said in The Usual Suspects, "I believe in God, but the only thing that scares me is Gary Naylor."
8th over: Sri Lanka 45-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 33, Chandimal 8) Another cracking boundary from Chandimal, this one driven through the covers with a flourish off the bowling of Bresnan. "What is it with England's ODI cricket being stuck in the 1980s?" says Pranay Sanklecha. "Seriously, I can't remember them ever consistently changing the pattern of – solid start, wickets in hand, get about 250. Sure, exceptions here and there, but never a fundamental change of attitude. What is it? Does England really not have the batsmen capable of doing it? I can't believe that. If Bangladesh can have that attitude, and find a Tamim Iqbal, surely England can too." Well England did have 12 months of playing 21st-century one-day cricket, starting with the 2009 Champions Trophy. Part of the problem is that England don't breed players who are comfortable pinch-hitting, a lot of which is down to the fact that so much of their one-day cricket on pitches that don't allow pinch-hitting. The nature of English conditions is a problem for their one-day batsmen. It's also to do with the mindset. This is a country in which people need to guzzle 12 pints before they can make eye contact. We're naturally reserved, and just not comfortable with letting our hair down in a manner required for pinch-hitting or pinch-stroking. Maybe they should try getting banjoed on booze before going out to bat.
9th over: Sri Lanka 53-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 40, Chandimal 9) A gorgeous shot from Jayawardene, who flicks Anderson a little uppishly but with perfect placement between midwicket and mid on. Broad hares after it and does outstandingly to save the boundary, but Jayawardene finds the fence later in the over with a wristy ping through square leg. Anderson isn't bowling well – just a touch too straight – but this is glorious, effortless batting from Jayawardene.
10th over: Sri Lanka 61-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 40, Chandimal 17) Chandimal is a confident young lad, as you would be He is a seriously exciting young talent. Bresnan's third ball is perfectly acceptable, on a length just outside off stump, and Chandimal screams it through extra cover for his third boundary. He has the fearlessness of youth, and also the impetuousness. Later in the over he clubs a slower ball just over Cook, running back from mid off.
11th over: Sri Lanka 66-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 42, Chandimal 18) England need wickets, so here comes, er, Stuart Broad. He is normally a very good first-change enforcer, but he can't buy a wicket at the moment. Some interesting captaincy from Alastair Cook, who decides not to take the bowling Powerplay. He couldn't risk going at seven an over for another five overs. England will hope to nick a wicket, ideally Jayawardene, and then take the Powerplay. Five from Broad's over. Sri Lanka are cruising.
12th over: Sri Lanka 73-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 47, Chandimal
20) Dernbach replaces Bresnan, and is milked for seven. Sri Lanka don't need to take any risks now, with the required rate an undemanding 4.5. England are being hammered. "I've just thought that a large part of the explanation may be to do with the distinction you make between pinch-hitting and pinch-stroking," says Pranay Sanklecha. "That's kinda the point - it's neither, anymore. People just bat normally these days, at a high strike rate. Gambhir, Kohli, Ponting, Jayawardene ... they're just batsmen, who've realised you need to score quickly, and worked out their own method for doing it. That's why Strauss got better in the last year or so of his ODI career - he just batted. While England still seem stuck in the mentality of thinking it's a special role, that requires a pinch-hitter or a pinch-stroker. I'd provisionally say no - the point about the modern game is precisely that scoring quickly isn't a special role any more (dank English conditions aside)." Yeah, the most important and difficult leap is the mental one. Bell is a great example of this. A marvellous player, but he still seems inhibited in one-day cricket, whether he bats at No1, No3 or No6.
13th over: Sri Lanka 76-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 50, Chandimal
20) I think the email address at the top of the page is wrong. If you press F5 it should correct itself. Cook has now taken the bowling Powerplay. Jayawardene pulls Broad for a single to reach a masterful fifty, from 45 balls and with seven fours. It's his 57th half-century in ODIs. The next ball, to Chandimal, is a very good short delivery that loops up in the air off the bat handle and falls safely on the off side. Broad has summoned some bronca, and his fifth delivery is up at 93.3mph. "Mr Dixon was wrong, as I am at Lord's," says Gary Naylor. "He must have spotted Brad Pitt on Centre Court. Okay, yeah, I know - it was Mike Gatting."
14th over: Sri Lanka 85-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 56, Chandimal
22) Jayawardene picks Dernbach's slower ball and drives it square for four more. It'd be nice to see Cook try something different here, like bowling Swann during the Powerplay. At the moment Sri Lanka are easing to a massive victory. "I think getting banjoed on booze is a real nadir for the English, especially the red-faced mob in panama hats, striped trousers (yes, really) and moccasins surrounding me here at Lord's," says Steph Fincham. "They seem to be having trouble focusing on their warm beers and pints of Pimm's (£10), let alone the game. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankans in the crowd smile, laugh and sing as usual..." That reminds me of that Black Grape lyric: 'England, it's the best-kept village in Europe, isn't it?"
15th over: Sri Lanka 90-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 56, Chandimal
26) Another unpleasant short ball from Broad is fenced in the air by Chandimal, but there's no short leg so he gets away with it. The horse having bolted, England bring Ian Bell in at short leg. Taking wickets is the only way England can win this. This is good stuff from Broad, who is bullying the 21-year-old Chandimal. His resonse is a monstrous yahoo that connects only with fresh air. "Can I assume from Alex Netherton's shopping list that the Sainsbury's own tuna chunks in brine don't pass muster?" says Ant Pease.
16th over: Sri Lanka 99-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 57, Chandimal
34) What an outrageous stroke from Chandimal! He walked well outside off stump to Dernbach and scooped a short ball deliberately to fine leg for four. He gets another boundary later in the over with a swaggering front-foot pull, hit with such intensity that the bat belted the back of his helmet at the end of his follow through. Wonderful stuff. "How about this: if Cook loses his wicket first Trott comes in at 3, but if Kieswetter goes first, in comes KP," says Nath Jones. "That way we've got a lower chance of wasting the PowerPlay with a Cook/Trott partnership." I like the idea of a flexible batting order, but you can't have Trott lower than No3, surely? It's too early to judge, but at the moment I'd probably agree with those who suggest that this team ain't big enough for the both of them. I do feel a bit sorry for Trott. Apart from scoring runs in industrial quantities, what the hell has he done for this team?
17th over: Sri Lanka 101-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 58, Chandimal
35) Broad bowls just one delivery to Chandimal in that over, which is not what England wanted. Jayawardene defends the rest carefully.
18th over: Sri Lanka 105-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 60, Chandimal
37) With the bowling Powerplay over, Graeme Swann comes into the attack. His first over goes for singles, and concludes when Chandimal is beaten by an excellent slider. "The tennis and the golf are more interesting," says Peter Hall. "Sorry!"
19th over: Sri Lanka 112-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 66, Chandimal
38) Nigel Llong has just had a word with Alastair Cook, possibly about England's revolving-door fielder policy. They seem to be going on and off every couple of minutes. After that delay, Broad charges in to bowl a full inswinger that is timed gloriously through midwicket for four. Kieswetter screamed for a catch down the leg side later in the over, but nobody else was interested and Llong rightly said not out. It hit only Jayawardene's trousers. "This may be a bit mundane but you sound desperate," says Graham Smart, who has no flies about his person just now. "In my experience there's nothing wrong with Sainsbury's tuna in brine, but then I don't live in Islington. Standards there may be slightly more rarefied. One other thing that occurred to me in the last game was the excessive length of Chandimal's chin strap. Does he have an extremely small head, an over-large crash helmet, or has he not been shown the team scissors yet? There. Told you it was mundane. Careful what you wish for."
20th over: Sri Lanka 118-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 70, Chandimal
39) "When can we give a proper one-day opener a go and give up on this
'Keeper must open' rule that we seem to have imposed," says Tim Woollias. "Kieswetter could do all right at No7." You think? I only see him as an opener. I don't think it's a rule, just the fact that the best England keeper/batsmen tend to open.
21st over: Sri Lanka 125-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 75, Chandimal
40) That's the hundred partnership. I don't know what else to say. Sri Lanka are quietly crushing England. An overthrow adds to England's not inconsiderable misery. Broad, who has been England's best bowler, beat Chandimal with a beauty. "You are now Full Mane Ambition Fulfiller," says Mac Millings, taking his own 2nd-over riff and running with despite the other ones of readers paying no attention to it whatsoever.
22nd over: Sri Lanka 127-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 76, Chandimal
41) There's a slip for Swann, which is a good move. Two singles from the over. "I've been in traffic jams more interesting than tennis," says Jon Millard. "Well, tennis since about 1986. Mind you, this does seem to be a bit dull for a one-dayer." It's okay, Sabine Lisicki has come along to save tennis, and the world. I'm not sure she could save this game, mind. Sri Lanka are quietly, almost politely, crushing England.
23rd over: Sri Lanka 131-1 (target: 247; M Jayawardene 79, Chandimal
41) Jimmy Anderson returns and has a pretty big LBW shout against Chandimal. It did a bit too much, and might have bounced over the top as well. "I just heard David Gower say 'Ilford'," says Ant Pease. "Do I win £5?" No, but if you see him in Ilford you can choose how much money I give you. It's the world's first honesty-box bet.
WICKET! Sri Lanka 133-2 (M Jayawardene c Morgan b Dernbach 79) Dernbach strikes with the second ball of a new spell. It was a piece of filth, in truth, well wide of off stump. Jayawardene had to stretch to reach it and could only squeeze it straight to Morgan at backward point. The end of another supreme innings.
24th over: Sri Lanka 138-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 46, Sangakkara 1) Almost two wickets in three balls. Chandimal, fiddling outside off stump with an open face, edged Dernbach past Swann in a wide slip position. "The name brand tuna was on sale," says Alex Netherton. "Panic averted."
25th over: Sri Lanka 139-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 46, Sangakkara 2) The ball is reversing a little bit, which is why Anderson and Dernbach are on. Anderson switches around the wicket to Sangakkara, who drives the last ball of the over for a single. "We have to sort the batting order out," says Tim Woollias. "At the moment Kieswetter is going to get out first three times out of four, leaving us with The Crott Stagnation*, and then we don't have any six-hitters below Morgan.
* First of a series of cricket-based Robert Ludlum novels." I don't see Kieswetter as a lower-middle order player in one-day cricket, although I might be wrong.
26th over: Sri Lanka 144-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 46, Sangakkara 7) Sangakkara unfurls the most pristine cover drive in the game, and the sprawling Bresnan does well to save a boundary. Three from Dernbach's over. Is it Dernbatch or Dernback? Could be Dernbark I suppose. "I live in a village in Cameroon with ridiculously slow internet speed which means that the OBO is generally viewed as an IBI (Innings by innings) given the refresh rate," says Simon Cousins. "Anyway in a desperate attempt to give you something to talk about does anyone know why cricket never took off in Britain's African colonies (South Africa excepted) in the same way as it did in India, Australia etc. No-one one here has a clue what cricket is, least of all my American girlfriend."
27th over: Sri Lanka 146-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 47, Sangakkara 8) Sangakkara almost drags Anderson back on to his stumps. This is a relatively tricky period for Sri Lanka, who will be content just to see off Anderson and Dernbach. Sanagakkara, fishing outside off stump, is beaten by a good one. "You should just go home," says Jon Millard, "and claim you had a broken toe." Actually, I've broken every bone in my body, but I can't let my
thousands hundreds tens twos ones of readers down. I'm typing this with my head.
28th over: Sri Lanka 150-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 47, Sangakkara 8) Dernbach strays onto the pads of Chandimal, and the ball rushes away for four leg byes. He's curving the ball a long way, Dernbach, and Chandimal does well to keep out excellent consecutive inswingers. "Why cricket didn't take off In the African colonies?" says Jonah Gadsby. "Cameroon was never a British colony, so it wouldn't have taken off there. Kenya and Zimbabwe both have teams but they've also got more Indian immigrants. This is probably a subject I could go on and on about, so I'll avoid getting into its foggy depths."
29th over: Sri Lanka 153-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 47, Sangakkara 11) Bresnan replaces Anderson (8-0-39-0), and he should reverse swing it as well. Sangakkara fresh-airs a couple of attempted cut strokes, and there are three from the over. England have five more overs with this old ball, and need a couple of wickets in that time.
30th over: Sri Lanka 162-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 49, Sangakkara 12) Dernbach swerves some rubbish down the leg side for five wides. Sangakkara then drives uppishly but into the gap on the off side. He has been a long way from his best, although batting has been tricky in the last few overs. Chandimal, who has been stuck on 47 for four overs, charges Dernbach and slices a couple over backward point.
31st over: Sri Lanka 168-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 50, Sangakkara 17) That's too short from Bresnan, and Sangakkara drags a pull through midwicket for four. After a dodgy 20 minutes, Sri Lanka look comfortable again. Chandimal pulls a single to reach a charismatic fifty, from 73 balls and with six fours. We'll be seeing a fair bit of him over the next 15 years. "Just got back from the Waddington Air Show and catching up on the OBO," says Phil Sawyer. "I don't know about Millings' 'opposite names' idea (bless him for gamely persevering with it, though), but if there's a polar opposite to fast jets flying in death-defying close formations, this match would appear to be it."
32nd over: Sri Lanka 178-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 55, Sangakkara 17) Broad returns to the attack and is pushed decisively through the covers for four by Chandimal. The next ball swings down the leg side for five wides. Sri Lanka need 69 from the last 18 overs. They might just manage it. "Okay, it's a funny old game etc etc etc, but this looks like another heavy defeat for England after a dismal World Cup, so should we be looking at a new ODI team starting with the world champions later this summer – after all, there's nothing to lose there," says Gary Naylor. "How about this XI? Trott, KP, Morgan (capt), Hildreth, Hales, Mustard (keeper), Bresnan, Tredwell, Swann, Tremlett, Anderson. They might not do better, but they could hardly do worse, and the wildcards may just turn up a Tresco, Vaughan or Morgan. Carrying on picking players who lose reminds me of carrying on picking Gerrard and Lampard in the other game of which we should not speak." I know what you mean, but it's all academic because Cook is going nowhere. I like Mustard and thought he was binned a bit early. But Kieswetter deserves a run I think.
33rd over: Sri Lanka 180-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 57, Sangakkara 17) Swann is back. Not much happens. "On the Dernbach pronunciation, Michael Holding officially changed from Dernbatch to Dernback earlier," says Graham Smart. "They claimed to have a South African cameraman who could resolve the issue but he 'didn't have a clue'. It doesn't get any more exciting does it? I have to go and choose some wine for dinner now. A much more rewarding task than watching this tosh. Chin up old bean. It'll be over soon."
34th over: Sri Lanka 183-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 58, Sangakkara 18) "Your colleague Jonathan Wilson wrote a series of articles detailing how despite contributing large numbers of personal goals, strikers like RVN have become out of fashion as their presence reduces overall team goals," says John Bason. "Surely the same principle needs to applied to Bell and Trott. It's all very well averaging 50 in ODIs but if the side is not scoring 300 on flat tracks, questions should be asked." I don't know if the two are quite comparable, because batting is much more isolated, but you are right that we should look beyond the statistics. (Bell's aren't very good anyway, even in the last 18 months, and it's not due to being shunted up and down the order as much as many people think.)
35th over: Sri Lanka 187-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 60, Sangakkara 20) Swann is worked around for four singles. England are being thrashed.
36th over: Sri Lanka 193-2 (target: 247; Chandimal 61, Sangakkara 25) Sangakkara slams Broad down the ground for four, an imperious and disdainful stroke.
"I enjoyed your fantasy OBO for Headingley '81," lies John Starbuck, knowing that anything resembling flattery will usual guarantee publication of an email, "but you might not know that Botham's comeback innings only really got going because Graham Dilley decided the Aussie bowlers weren't that much cop and began swinging a straight bat at anything near his off stump. That inspired Botham to do the same and Chilly's support later kept him going.
Also, if you're thinking of ever buying a Cornish pasty from Sainsbury's, stick to Ginster's, as their own brand is rubbish." It's true, people often forget that, and I was only reminded of it after doing a bit of research. The Joy of Six: Initiative Seizing Cameos That Were Subsequently Overshadowed would be a nice if clumsily entitled piece. Or Forgotten Cameos, like or . You could have Dominic Cork at Lord's in 2000, too. That was a significant fork in the road of English cricket.
WICKET! Sri Lanka 194-3 (Sangakkara c Morgan b Swann 25) Sangakkara has gone. He was beaten by a fine delivery from Swann and drove the next ball to short extra cover, where Morgan took a good leaping catch.
37th over: Sri Lanka 194-3 (target: 247; Chandimal 62, Kandamby 0) "Has any side been simultaneously as good at Test cricket and as bad at ODI cricket as England right now?" asks Gary Naylor. "Okay, Pakistan can vary that much within an over, but aside from them." England have often been pretty two-faced. Remember the summer of 2004? They won all seven Tests but didn't even Same in 2006-07 (Ashes: 0-5, won CB Series), 2007 (lost the Tests in Sri Lanka, won the ODIs), 1992 (Tests: 1-2, ODIs: 4-1), 1988 (ODIs: 3-0, Tests: 0-4), and a few others.
38th over: Sri Lanka 200-3 (target: 247; Chandimal 67, Kandamby 1) Chandimal paddles the last delivery of Broad's spell round the corner for four. Broad ends with figures of 10-0-52-0. Still no wickets for him in the series, although he bowled well in patches today. "I was just finishing watching The Meaning Of Life with the cricket on in the background," says Ant Pease. "Just as Stuart Broad started his run-up, the Monty Python theme tune started playing. It seemed strangely appropriate."
39th over: Sri Lanka 205-3 (target: 247; Chandimal 67, Kandamby 6) Kandamby advances down the track to drive Swann pleasantly back over his head for four. There's a big shout against Chandimal later in the over, but there was a bit of doubt over height. That said, Hawkeye showed it was hitting the top of middle and it would have been given out with the DRS. (It's not being used in this one-day series.)
40th over: Sri Lanka 217-3 (target: 247; Chandimal 78, Kandamby 7) Jimmy Anderson returns to the attack and is clouted for a mighty six over midwicket. Shot! An edge to third man brings four more, and Sri Lanka need just 30 more.
41st over: Sri Lanka 223-3 (target: 247; Chandimal 81, Kandamby 10) Kandamby edges Swann wide of the diving Anderson at slip for three, and then Chandimal glides two more to third man. He probably won't have time to reach his century, which is a shame as it's been a memorable knock.
42nd over: Sri Lanka 229-3 (target: 247; Chandimal 86, Kandamby 11) Chandimal reads Dernbach's slower ball and slices it deliberately over point for four. He needs 14 for his hundred; Sri Lanka need 18 for victory. He might yet do it.
WICKET! Sri Lanka 230-4 (Kandamby LBW b Swann 11) Swann's defiant spell is rewarded with a second wicket when Kandamby pushes outside the line of a delivery that drifts in and goes straight on to hit the front pad. That looked pretty plumb. Lovely bowling from Swann.
43rd over: Sri Lanka 230-4 (target: 247; Chandimal 87, Mathews 0) Swann's figures are 9-0-31-2.
44th over: Sri Lanka 233-4 (target: 247; Chandimal 90, Mathews 0) It's all about Chandimal's century now. I assume I'm not the only one reminded of . Sri Lanka need 14; Chandimal needs 10 and he has the strike.
45th over: Sri Lanka 234-4 (target: 247; Chandimal 91, Mathews 0) Chandimal pushes Swann for a single and is annoyed that he can't get back for two. Mathews blocks the rest of the over; he is definitely playing for Chandimal's century. Swann finishes with figures of 10-0-32-2. He was excellent in his second spell.
46th over: Sri Lanka 238-4 (target: 247; Chandimal 94, Mathews 1) The batting Powerplay is taken by default, and Tim Bresnan returns to the attack. Chandimal crunches him into the leg side ... and then turns down a single! That's diabolical. On the balcony, Dilshan looks extremely unimpressed. Mathews has a word too, and Chandimal does take a single from the next ball. He's still obsessed with his century, however, and sprints back for a very dodgy two so as to keep the strike. It's all a bit odd.
47th over: Sri Lanka 238-4 (target: 247; Chandimal 94, Mathews 1) This is really weird. Mathews is fiddling around, happy to block a maiden from Dernbach. The players on the balcony are furious. Dilshan is shouting at them, so is Malinga. I've never seen anything quite like this. Now the twelfth man has been sent down with a pair of gloves. This is utterly ridiculous. From the fourth ball, Mathews turns the ball into the leg side and stands there while Chandimal runs three quarters of the way down the pitch and then all the way back. It's a maiden and now, finally the twelfth man has come on... and they've sent him back to get a new bat! A routine victory has turned into a total farce. England are sledging both batsmen, Pietersen in particular, and quite right too. England suddenly fancy this. Mathews has 1 from 18 balls!
48th over: Sri Lanka 245-4 (target: 247; Chandimal 101, Mathews 1) All's well that ends well: Chandimal slugs Bresnan over long on for six to reach his century! It's one that will live in the memory – mainly for the nonsensical nineties – but it's still a lovely moment for a kid with a huge amount of talent. Sri Lanka need two from the last two overs. Mathews has 1 from 21 balls.
48.3 overs: Sri Lanka 249-4 (Chandimal 105, Mathews 1). SRI LANKA WIN BY SIX WICKETS WITH NINE BALLS REMAINING Chandimal launches Anderson over the covers for four, and Sri Lanka go 2-1 up in the series. I would love to hang around, but there's a football match to MBM in approximately 47 seconds. Thanks for your emails, night.