World Twenty20 2014: England v Sri Lanka as it happened

Alex Hales' unbeaten 116 off 64 balls helps England to an incredible six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20.

27 March 2014 Last updated at 08:57

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As it happened

  1. 17:46: 

    It's been a bit of a marathon today - the action's not really stopped since we got going nearly nine hours ago, and a few gentlemen on the field today can expect an over-rate fine heading in their direction - but we're going to wrap it up now and let you reflect on an astonishing innings from Alex Hales which was good enough to win any game.

    Join us from 09:00 GMT tomorrow for West Indies v Australia (with regular updates on England's women v Bangladesh) - followed by India v Bangladesh to entertain your Friday afternoon. Until then, take care of yourselves - and each other. Ciao.

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    Ben Frazer: Amazing! Let's not get carried away though. That was the worst fielding performance I think I've ever seen.

    Hannah Buswell: Kevin who?

  3. 17:42: 
    Until tomorrow...

    Looking ahead to tomorrow, one of the strengths of this competition is that as people keep saying, "every game matters".

    Focus in the men's tournament switches back to Mirpur, where West Indies take on Australia first up at 09:30 GMT, Then, India have the chance to put one foot in the semi-finals when they face hosts Bangladesh at 13:30.

    Meanwhile, in the women's tournament, England are back in action in the early game for their first ever meeting with Bangladesh - with West Indies playing Sri Lanka in game two, where a win for the Windies would put them firmly in charge of Group B.

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    Harry Burton: I think Alex Hales has been playing stick cricket. Great knock!

    Robin Potter: Also great knock from Morgan to rebuild the innings with Hales, let's not forget Morgan's contribution!

  5. 17:36: 
    Women's World Twenty20

    Records also tumbled in the women's tournament today, as Australia captain Meg Lanning hit 126 - the highest score in a women's T20 international - in their 78-run win over Ireland.

    Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Suzie Bates led the way with 94 not out at the top of the order as they beat Pakistan by 59 runs.

    That group is shaping up pretty much as we expected - with New Zealand and Australia looking odds-on to take the two semi-final palces.

  6. 17:33: 

    To recap today, we've witnessed some thrilling cricket. It all started with a topsy-turvy game in which South Africa only just avoided a giant-killing at the hands of the Netherlands, and ended just now with England making their highest successful Twenty20 international run chase, despite dropping nearly half a dozen catches and then losing two wickets in the first over.

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    Luke Swales: Let's not forget Eoin Morgan's contribution as well. Anchoring a 150 stand in T20 is pretty special.

    Tom Hendryk: What a game! What a knock by Alex Hales and what a win! Some pride is finally restored in English cricket.

    Zander Twine: Absolutely amazing from Alex Hales. The best T20 innings I have ever seen.

    Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales
  8. 17:29: 
    Remaining fixtures

    The last few fixtures in this group are these: New Zealand v Netherlands and England v South Africa on Saturday, and then England v Netherlands and Sri Lanka v New Zealand on Monday.

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    Andrew: England never make cricket easy to watch. Dropped catches, awful fielding and an early batting collapse all meant that every last one of us wrote off their chances before they rallied to make a miraculous recovery. As for Alex Hales, your knighthood is in the post.


    England captain Stuart Broad: "That's one of the best innings I've seen in an England shirt in any format. We've been practising fielding with wet balls, I think we're going to have to make them wet bars of soap as we kept dropping their key men.

    "Our next game is under lights and we've got away with it today after an unbelievable knock from two of our guys, but we can't keep dropping people. We've got to win both remaining games, but the belief and confidence we'll take from winning this game will be massive."


    Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal: "Mahela and Dilshan batted really well; it was a really good total.

    "Alex played exceptionally well. The credit goes to our batters, and Morgan as well."

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    Steve Scola: Serious knock from Alex Hales. An absolute hero, this is why I've been saying he deserves a chance in all formats of the game.

    Andrew Haney: Amazed! England have won a Twenty20 game and against one the world's best! All hail Hales!

    Alexander Neal: Watch out for that massive "Halestorm" which just hit in Chittagong!

  13. 17:24: 

    So that keeps Group 1 wide open as no-one has a 100% win record, though Sri Lanka top the group thanks to filling their boots on net run-rate against the Dutch.

    Sri Lanka - P3, W2, L1, Pts 4, NRR +2.199

    South Africa - P3, W2, L1, Pts 4, NRR +0.050

    New Zealand - P2, W1, L1, Pts 2, NRR +0.276

    England - P2, W1, L1, Pts 2, NRR -0.067

    Netherlands - P2, L2, Pts 0, NRR -2.950

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think Alex Hales will ever match that in the rest of his career. The way he paced the innings was superb. It was a fantastic innings and I don't think anyone else in the world could even have done that. The way England stayed calm with the bat and paced it. At 0-2 no-one felt England would get there."


    England centurion Alex Hales: "I'm absolutely buzzing, centuries in this format don't come along very often and I've got out in the nineties a couple of times so this is brilliant. Eoin Morgan made my job a hell of a lot easier by hitting those sixes in the middle of the innings. [Is it the best you've ever played in this format?] Without a shadow of a doubt, yes."

    Alex Hales
    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's one special innings from Alex Hales, there's nothing Sri Lanka could do and he's a match winner."

  17. 17:18: 

    Can anyone else confirm what we've just seen? Did it really happen?

    Is Roy of the Rovers writing Alex Hales's scripts?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That is one of the most brilliant Twenty20 innings I've ever seen. He's hit six sixes and won it it with a six. A gem of an innings which keeps England in the tournament. I don't think England's players can quite believe it. They were a shambles in the field but Hales has played the innings of his life and got them out of jail."

  19. 17:17: 


  20. 19.2 overs: 
    Eng 190-4

    Hales on strike..,. he launches an enormous six into the stands over mid-wicket and England win!

    Alex Hales
  21. 19.1 overs: 
    Eng 184-4 (target 190)

    Mathews to bowl. Bopara on strike, a slower ball is nurdled to fine leg for one. Six from five to win, five for a super over.

  22. 19 overs: 
    Eng 183-4 (target 190)

    Hales plays and misses. It will be seven needed off the last over. Mathews or Perera to bowl it?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If they score six, and we have a super over this game will probably end tomorrow (after midnight)."

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  24. 18.5 overs: 
    Eng 183-4 (target 190)

    Bopara to face. Low full toss, just a single to mid-on. Seven from seven needed.

  25. 18.4 overs: 
    Eng 182-4 (target 190)

    "They can only mess it up from here," says Aggers on TMS. Hales scrambles a single to wide mid-off. Eight from eight.

  26. 18.3 overs: 
    Eng 181-4 (target 190)

    Hales again, biggest six of the night, miles and miles over mid-wicket! Nine needed from nine!

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a way to reach a hundred for Alex Hales! A rasping drive and his fourth six in a brilliant innings."

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  28. 18.2 overs: 
    HALES 100- Eng 175-4 (target 190)

    Hales whacks a six over deep point to bring up his hundred from 60 balls! England's first T20 international hundred. 15 needed from 10 balls.

  29. 18.1 overs: 
    Eng 169-4 (target 190)

    Hales drives Kulasekara for a two to the cover sweeper. 21 from 11.

  30. 18 overs: 
    Eng 167-4 (target 190)

    Malinga slings a wide just past Hales's pads, a bonus run for England, although Sangakkara behind the stumps tries the old "appeal for a catch behind to put the umpire off from calling a wide" tactic, which doesn't work. 24 from 14. Hales hits Malinga's penultimate ball straight to a fielder. 24 from 13. Last ball, a single through square leg and 11 off the over means it's 23 needed from 12. (Or 22 for a Champagne Super Over). Time to go ball-by-ball...

  31. 17.4 overs: 
    Eng 165-4 (target 190)

    Third ball, Bopara plays and misses at one which misses off stump by a whisker. 26 from 15. A single to square leg means it's 25 from 14. Two more balls for the Slinger to wreak havoc.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ravi can be a bit dozy when he first comes in, but he judged that perfectly."

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  33. 17.2 overs: 
    Eng 164-4 (target 190)

    Bopara runs his first ball for four down to third man by opening the face. 30 needed from 17, and Sri Lanka's fans are running the gamut of emotions. Next ball, Bopara repeats the dab through third man with the same result- 26 needed from 16.

  34. 17:02: 

    Ravi Bopara the new batsman, Sri Lanka go with... Malinga. Interesting. A big over for England - and Sri Lanka. 34 from 18, a tight Malinga over ends the game. A big over for England opens it up again.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Any new bastman in these conditions will struggle and that's what happened with Jos Buttler. Sri Lanka will be wondering whether to use Lasith Malinga last over now or in the 19th or 20th over now."

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    Alex in Manchester: We all know the drill by now - England tease us by getting close and then collapse like a rich tea biscuit in a hot brew.

    Ben in Spalding: I'm getting all tingly that England on the brink of something amazing. Cue a tumble of wickets no doubt, but fun while it lasts.

    Paul in Peterborough: Watching England isn't easy, dare I get my hopes up.

  37. 17 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Chandimal b Kulasekara 2 (Eng 156-4)

    England send Jos Buttler to the middle. A Hales single brings the new man on strike, Buttler drills one into the covers but a wild - and unnecessary - throw from Kusal Perera brings them an unearned second run. Kulasekara pings in a bouncer which is called as an aerial wide - but Buttler skies the last legitimate ball to cover. Two wickets for Kulasekara in this over, four for the match. And England need 34 from 18 balls.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Eoin Morgan played well. He's had a tough run recently but he played his sweeps and cuts and looked back to his old self. He's given England a chance."

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  39. 16.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Mathews b Kulasekara 57 (Eng 152-3)

    Nuwan Kulasekara, who opened up with a double wicket maiden this evening and bowled an excellent penultimate over against South Africa, returns, and Hales starts with a single - but it's all over for Morgan as he holes out at long-on going for another six. What's more, it's a dot ball which means England need 38 from 22 balls.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have not taken that many risks in reality. They've just looked for the big shot at the right time, and against the right bowler to put the pressure back on Sri Lanka. They've made a move early because of Lasith Malinga's overs. If these two stay here England will be in a great position."

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  41. 16 overs: 
    Eng 151-2 (target 190)

    Sri Lanka need a wicket - so turn back to Lasith Malinga. Morgan jams his bat down on a yorker and runs a single. Hales drives a single to the cover sweeper. Morgan, again, can only manage a single, Hales drives straight to extra cover but then whips a four through mid-wicket which has the members England dug-out on their feet. Last ball... A slower full toss, but it's signalled as a no-ball for height as Hales ducks, even though it nearly bowls him (and would have been below his waist if he'd stayed upstanding). A single takes him to 92. England need 39 from 24 balls, and Malinga can only bowl six of them.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have fought hard here. 190 looked well beyond them especially after that first over. Morgan and Hales have batted brilliantly."

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  43. 15 overs: 
    Eng 142-2 (target 190)

    Hales gets after Mendis and that's six more - this time a flat six swatted over mid-wicket as he gets down on one knee. Mendis's last ball is blasted for four between long-off and deep extra cover - that's 25 off the over. Hales has 86 from 49 balls, Morgan has 55 from 35, and England need 48 from 30 balls. Mendis, who seems to be unplayable against anyone except England, finishes with 0-52 from four.

    Alex Hales
  44. 14.4 overs: 
    Eng 132-2 (target 190)

    Perera's off - we may not see him again - and Mendis is back for his last over, still searching for his first T20 international wicket against England. Single from Morgan, then Hales lifts his first maximum of the day over the ropes at cow corner. Hales guides a two off his legs to substitute fielder Lahiru Thirimanne who's on for the injured Jayawardene. Hales goes aerial again, that's six more over cow corner! Is this the big over England need?

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    Ralph Brooker: Whatever happens, top notch partnership between Hales and Morgan with maximum pressure on.

    Michael Poole: This is very impressive from Morgan and Hales.

    Kevin Rose: England need to get the majority of these runs off the other bowlers. They can't leave it to try and smash Malinga around.

  46. 14 overs: 
    MORGAN 50- Eng 117-2

    Senanayake to bowl his final over, another Morgan reverse hit for four brings up his fifth T20 international fifty from only 32 balls. Three singles and a well-run two mean it's another decent over for England - nine from it, but the rate has crept up to 12.16. England need 73 from 36 balls, and I hope you're not leaving your seat.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are still in the game. They are still keeping pace with Sri Lanka's innings but whether they can accelerate in the way their opponents did will be key."

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  48. 13 overs: 
    HALES 50- Eng 108-2

    Right-arm seamer Thisara Perera caomes on as Sri Lanka's sixth bowler, and Hales uppercuts it past the diving third man fielder - who nearly gets a hand to what would have been a stunning catch - to bring up his seventh T20 international fifty from 38 balls. Morgan brings up the century stand and Hales clubs a wide full toss through the covers for four. He then pulls the last ball to deep backward square leg where he is dropped by Mahela Jayawardene, who takes a nasty blow to his hand as he lets the ball through for four and walks straight off to be replaced by the 12th man. 82 from 42 balls - doable?

    Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales
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    Former England captain Michael Vaughan: Love watching Eoin Morgan bat. He gets my nod for the Test team coming in at number five.

  50. 12 overs: 
    Eng 94-2 (target 190)

    Looks like another ball change, not the first we've had today. With Mathews having taken a bit of tap last over, Senanayake returns. Hales moves to 44 with a single, Morgan is catching him fast as he moves to 42. Hales singles to deep mid-wicket, Morgan turns a quicker delivery for one, Hales comes down the track but can only take the fifth single of the over - and Morgan cracks a handsome square cut for four so it's nine off the over. The required rate is exactly 12 - it's 96 needed from 48 balls.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a fantastic stroke from Eoin Morgan for that six. He gave himself room and that was brilliant batting. Morgan is the more natural player against spin here than Alex Hales. England are still in the hunt. When Morgan bats well it's like he has a whiplash of a bat, and his placement is excellent."

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  52. 11 overs: 
    Eng 85-2 (Hales 43*, Morgan 37*)

    Mendis to continue, Hales adds a single before Morgan steps to leg and gives himself room to lift a six - measured at 82m - into the stand over extra cover. A single takes him to 37 from 25 balls. Hales is rotating the strike well, Morgan slashes another four over short third man. England need 105 from 54 balls.

    Eoin Morgan
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are not out of it yet. After 10 overs, Sri Lanka were 70-1 and England are 72-2 - that represents progress when after one over they were 0-2."

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  54. 10 overs: 
    Eng 72-2 (target 190)

    Seam replaces spin as Mathews replaces Senanayake, with the required rate up to 12.18. (Just the five bowlers used so far, we've not seen Thisara Perera or Dilshan). Morgan launches the first six of the innings over long-on and smashes a four through extra cover - but then he's deceived by a slower ball, the ball spoons into the air but lands safely between wide mid-wicket and the man running in from long-on. Hales helps a loose delivery down the leg side for four, a single takes him to 41 from 31 balls. 16 from the over, England need 118 from 60 balls.

  55. 9 overs: 
    Eng 56-2 (Hales 36*, Morgan 19*)

    A posse of flag-waving Sri Lanka fans in the crowd are on their feet as Mendis begins a new over, Hales adds a single and Morgan is hit on the pad sweeping before forcing a single through the off side. Two more singles mean England need 134 from 66 balls.

    Alex Hales
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    Graham, Cardiff: Are we sure that David Moyes hasn't been employed by the ECB as some sort of consultant?

  57. 8 overs: 
    Eng 52-2 (target 190)

    Senanayake has changed ends, Hales carefully brings up the fifty for England - and having started his innings with England 0-2, it's also the fifty stand. Morgan rotates the strike, Hales gets a leading edge which brings him a single to long-off. England need 138 from 72 balls. Anyone else optimistically think they might get close if these two can bat through the innings?

    How's stat?

    Of the 11 teams Ajantha Mendis has played against, England are the only team against which he has failed to take a wicket (0-59 from eight overs before today).

  59. 7 overs: 
    Eng 47-2

    "Mystery spinner" Ajantha Mendis - who's best described as an off-spinner with plenty of variations - is into the attack and is reverse-swept for four by Morgan, who moves to 14 with a single to long-off. Hales guides a two and a single to long-on, and Sri Lanka are already having to dry the ball every delivery as the dew sets in. Morgan finishes with a two - that's 10 from the over.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special
    Lasith Malinga

    "I still have people on Twitter saying Lasith Malinga is a chucker. He is not a chucker. His action is unusual but not illegal. How he bowls so straight, though, I do not know."

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  61. 6 overs: 
    Eng 37-2 (target 190)

    Malinga to bowl the last over of the powerplay, Hales can't get the first four balls away but whips the fifth off his toes for four through mid-wicket, and steers the last for a two to third man. The required rate is approaching 11, and that's the end of the fielding restrictions.

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    MattyTheGeneral: Pioneer of the scoop was definitely Wesley 'Two Scoops' Berry, of TV's Gladiator fame.

    How's stat?

    Eoin Morgan, when he passed six in that over, became the second player after Kevin Pietersen to score 1,000 T20 runs for England.

  64. 5 overs: 
    Eng 31-2 (Hales 21*, Morgan 9*)

    Sri Lanka turn to spin with off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake, who - rather like ex-South Africa left-arm slow bowler Paul Harris, doesn't really use his non-bowling arm, just rolling his (right) bowling arm over. Hales helps himself to a two and a single. while Morgan slog-sweeps him for four to take his score to nine.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's only one time when I have seen Lasith Malinga taken apart - but I will always remember that one time: it was in the final of the last World T20 when Marlon Samuels smashed him around the park."

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  66. 4 overs: 
    Eng 24-2 (target 190)

    It's Slinger o'clock - Sri Lanka turn to the curly-haired Lasith Malinga, ready to sling down some unplayable, dipping yorkers from in front of the umpire's chest. Hales knocks a single to deep square leg, Morgan has to dig out a couple of toe-crushers before whipping an on-drive for four.

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    Pete Butler: Looks like Mr Boon will be having his beer by half 10 at this rate. [see Vic Marks just before 20th over of SL innings]

  68. 3 overs: 
    Eng 19-2

    Two slips in for the hat-trick ball from Kulasekara... and the left-handed Morgan lets it go past, it's signalled as a wide. The Dubliner is off the mark with a risky single, Hales finds his third boundary with a firm pull and his fourth with a fluent straight drive past the bowler. A single takes him to 17 from 10 balls.

    Alex Hales

    Depala: The scoop was definitely pioneered by the one and only Douglas Marillier, for Zimbabwe against India. Never got the credit he deserved.

  70. 2 overs: 
    Eng 8-2 (target 190)

    In terms of rhyming slang, it's all going a bit Chittagong here for England as Eoin Morgan joins Alex Hales - who has lost two partners before he's even faced a ball. Medium-fast seamer Angelo Mathews will share the new ball, and Hales steers his first two balls for four through and over the ring of cover fielders.

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    Jay: Moeen Ali should have stood his ground and waited for the third umpire to rule on the catch.

  72. 1 over: 
    WICKET- Moeen Ali c Senanayake b Kulasekara 0 (Eng 0-2)

    Moeen Ali is England's number three - England will hope he can show some of the form his fellow bearded maestro Hashim Amla did earlier today - but he edges his first ball to second slip. Who had only just been put there.

    So England, chasing 190, start with a double wicket maiden, and Kulasekara will be on a hat-trick next over.

    Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's the way it's going for England. Michael Lumb tried to make something happen and missed a straight ball."

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  74. 0.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Lumb b Kulasekara 0 (Eng 0-1)

    A dream start for Kulasekara as he sends down four dot balls to Lumb and knocks back his middle stump with the fifth.

     Nuwan Kulasekara
  75. 15:37: 

    Nuwan Kulasekara taking the new ball with the Nottinghamshire "firm" of Michael Lumb and Alex Hales opening for England.

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    SDyer: Prefer Morgan as captain. Broad gets angry, frustrated and panicky and it's infectious to the other players.

  77. 15:35: 

    England are going to have to overhaul one of the highest scores of the tournament so far if they are to win today. The bowling figures, by the way, are:

    Moeen Ali 1-0-4-0; Dernbach 4-0-42-2; Bresnan 4-0-48-0; Jordan 4-0-28-2; Tredwell 4-0-36-0; Broad 3-0-29-0.

    Tim Bresnan

    Will Soden: It has always annoyed me that the first man to play the scoop never gets the credit. Who? Mohammad Ashraful. Did it way before Dilshan.

    As I recall, I thought Ashraful was more of a "frying pan over the shoulder" scooper - but Dilshan was the first to scoop in a straight line over the keeper's head?

  79. 15:33: 

    And if you think we're moaning unnecessarily about over-rates... T20 international innings are supposed to take about an hour and 15-20 minutes. This one lasted a shade under two hours.

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    Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan: "Mahela Jayawardene is very experienced, he goes after every bowler. He uses the pace on the ball and adapted well to this wicket. There is a lot of dew around but our bowlers have practised with a wet ball and are more experienced in these conditions now."

    Apparently England's fielders practised with a wet ball. Not that you'd know it...

  82. 15:30: 

    As we explained earlier, a victory for Sri Lanka will in all probability see them into the semi-finals, while a defeat isn't the final nail in England's coffin - but will leave them very unlikely to qualify.

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    Daily Mirror cricket correspondent Dean Wilson: Much hilarity in the press box here as word comes back from the match referee David Boon that he is "very happy with the decision" on Mahela Jayawardene.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That, you think, has pushed it on too far for England - unless somebody plays out of their skin."

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  85. 20 overs: 
    SL 189-4

    Sri Lanka cruise to 180 as Perera swipes a four over short third man before blasting a single to long-on. Mathews scampers a well-run two to deep mid-wicket, ensuring he will face the last ball, which he swings for six into the crowd behind mid-wicket.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are more than 30 minutes later with bowling their overs. The match referee is David Boon, who likes to have a beer by 11pm at the latest. If they bowled their overs at this rate in a 50-over match they would be in the field for more than five hours!"

    It's currently 21:25 in Bangladesh.

  87. 19.2 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- SL: 176-2

    Stuart Broad has a choice to make here - is it a vote of confidence in Tim Bresnan (who will bowl the last over), or a vote of no confidence in himself (the other option)? Mathews knocks Bresnan for a single to long-on, and even though England are more than half-an-hour late in bowling their overs, they still spend ages shuffling the field. Perera swings... and is dropped at long-on, this time by Ravi Bopara, and the batsmen run two. Words fail me.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Hats off to Chris Jordan, to only concede four singles in the penultimate over is a fine effort."

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  89. 19 overs: 
    SL 173-4

    Still plenty of hitters to come for Sri Lanka - Angelo Mathews is the new man in, but Perera's facing, and he swipes a single. Mathews pokes his first ball for a single to point, Perera rotates the strike and Mathews forces Jordan's last ball for one to deep extra cover. Well bowled Jordan, who has 2-28 from his four.

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    Adam in London: Anyone like to wager that England's dropped catch count will exceed their number of sixes?

  91. 18.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Sangakkara c Hales b Jordan 0 (SL 169-4)

    Jordan to bowl the penultimate over - and Sangakkara perishes to the first ball he faces as he goes for the big one and Hales takes a clean catch at mid-off.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will need a good start to their innings and a good end to it. They'll also need to be good in the middle!"

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  93. 18 overs: 
    SL 169-3

    Kumar Sangakkara joins fellow left-hander Perera at the wicket, the tall Perera guides a two to deep mid-wicket and then blasts Dernbach through extra cover for four. England's frankly disappointing over-rate slips even further as Dernbach sends down a legside wide, then Perera - an "educated slogger" according to Vic Marks on TMS - blasts the last ball of his spell over mid-wicket for six. Dernbach finishes with 2-42 from four overs. And there are still two to come...

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have had their disappointments but they have to keep going to the bitter end. It's going to be a big total, but not one they can't chase."

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  95. 17.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Dilshan c Jordan b Dernbach 55 (SL 156-3)

    Finally England hold a catch as Chris Jordan stands his ground and holds his nerve to pouch Dilshan at deep mid-wicket.

    Jade Dernbach
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think most of the crowd, who have seen a lot of the Sri Lankans in Bangladesh in the last few months, have grown quite fond of them."

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  97. 17.1 overs: 
    SL 156-2

    Interesting - Jade Dernbach, who usually bowls the last over, will send down the antepenultimate over instead. And the first ball is brilliantly Dilscooped by its inventor Tillakaratne Dilshan over the keeper's head for four!

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    Neil Mackay: Has to be the worst fielding performance from England ever?

    Gary Bennett: This demise of English cricket still hasn't plateaued. Embarrassing.

  99. 17 overs: 
    SL 152-2

    If you were expecting Kumar Sangakkara at four, think again - Sri Lanka have promoted the big-hitting left-handed all-rounder Thisara Perera to have a swing with 20 deliveries left. Jordan's first ball to him is a wide which brings a cheer as it takes Sri Lanka to 150, the last ball of the over is heaved towards cow corner for two.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "A lot of people are asking me on Twitter why Ravi Bopara isn't bowling. I can't really answer that."

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  101. 16.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene b Jordan 89 (SL 149-2)

    Jordan replaces Dernbach. Jayawardene steers a two before stepping across and effortlessly scooping a four through fine leg. But Jayawardene finally runs out of lives when he swings, misses and Jordan rearranges his furniture. 89 from 50 balls, an innings I'm sure will be discussed at length after the game.

  102. 16 overs: 
    DILSHAN 50- SL 143-1

    A long over continues - with Broad risking an over-rate fine with the 16th over bowled in just under an hour and a half, while he will have to watch he doesn't say anything to the umpires he shouldn't. Jayawardene adds a single, and Dilshan brings up his own fifty with a chip for four over wide mid-off. An already-long over is extended by another wide.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special
    Stuart Broad

    "I suspect Stuart Broad will need to take his cheque book to the post-match news conference."

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  104. 15.1 overs: 
    SL 137-1

    Broad replaces Bresnan and starts with a wild wide out of Dilshan's reach, but the right-hander then swipes a four through the vacant slip cordon. It looks like he's trying to bowl yorkers outside off stump, as far as he can get away with - but he's called for a full toss on height, an they run one. Again, Broad isn't happy, and we have another ball change as fourth ump Bruce Oxenford brings out a replacement.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This has been a spirited performance by England but an incompetent one. They are going to be chasing 180 minimum."

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  106. 15 overs: 
    SL 130-1

    We're back under way. Whatever that was, a dot ball ends the over - Jayawardene has 82 from 44 balls, Dilshan has 42 from 41. Five overs left, and England are facing an uphill task here.

  107. 14.5 overs: 

    The crowd are on their feet, Sri Lanka have been a very popular side in this tournament so far. Who to bowl? Dernbach returns, and his first ball is a high full toss about stomach-height - called as a no-ball for height (while also earning him a warning from the umpire, we think), and Jayawardene pulls it for two. The ones and twos are easy pickings for the Sri Lankan pair against Dernbach, while Jayawardene carves his 10th four through the covers - with the superb timing we've come to expect from him. But then he hoists one over extra cover and is dropped by Tim Bresnan. It's the second time Jayawardene has been dropped tonight (his third "life" if you count the appeal for a catch first ball), and Big Tim's second drop. Then there's some sort of a delay, is it another ball change or something else?

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    Tom Lambert: Jayawardene's effective innings is surely proof that Ian Bell should be playing. Good players are good in all formats.

  109. 14 overs: 

    There's a change of ball - nothing nefarious, Simon Mann on TMS thinks - before Bresnan replaces Broad, though summariser Russell Arnold is surprised we haven't seen medium-pacer Ravi Bopara bowl today. Dilshan and Jayawardene's partnership passes 100 as they plunder more singles before Jayawardene square-cuts a four and lifts a six over long-on. A single means he has 73 from 39 balls. Dilshan has 40, also from 39.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "You just knew when he was dropped by Dernbach, Jayawardene would go on and complete a half-century."

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  111. 13 overs: 
    JAYAWARDENE 50- SL 103-1

    Tredwell to bowl his fourth and final over off the reel - Jayawardene reverse-sweeps a four to bring up his ninth T20 international fifty from 32 balls. He shows expert timing by lofting Tredwell's last ball for six over long-on - the Kent spinner finishes with 0-36.

    Mahela Jayawardene
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    Tom in North Yorkshire: I nominate Big Devon Malcolm to the Nightmare Fielding XI.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I reckon Alex Hales has saved England five runs in the last over or so with his fielding - but he should have saved a couple in the first over so he's plus three for the match."

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  114. 12 overs: 
    SL 89-1

    Broad reintroduces himself into the attack - Dilshan top-edges high into the sky, but it falls safely between keeper Jos Buttler running back and Jade Dernbach running up from deep fine leg, and they run two. Jayawardene is moving up through the gears here, cutting Broad for two through point as Hales makes a good diving stop on the rope. He ends the over on 48.

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    Beth Jakubowski: Buttler is not a good enough wicketkeeper. A player who never kept regularly for his county shouldn't keep for England.

    James Black: Fielding is worse than in the days of Gatting and Botham.

    Alex Haworth: This England side are so mentally weak and unprofessional. They've completely crumbled after one decision didn't go their way.

  116. 11 overs: 
    SL 83-1

    Steady-Eddie Tredwell is punched for four past long-on by Jayawardene, who then flicks another through fine leg. He may be rather fortunate not to have been given out to his first ball today, but he's not the highest scorer in the history of this tournament by a fluke. A well-run two to deep point might have him in trouble... but Buttler fails to break the wicket with his first attempt and Jayawardene makes his ground. Tredwell has 0-22 from three.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mahela Jayawardene is so good to watch, the way he manipulates the field is amazing. He doesn't use power, he just finds the gaps. He's also Sri Lanka's best player of spin and those let-offs could end up hurting England."

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  118. 10 overs: 
    SL 70-1 (Dilshan 32*, Jayawardene 34*)

    Jordan replaces Broad, Dilshan pushes a two before crashing another four through mid-wicket. Those "solar red" (orange) England kits are certainly easier to pick out under the lights than the white ball, that's for sure - Bresnan saw that late and couldn't cut it off. Dilshan pushes one to long-off, Jayawardene turns blind and sets off for a second before haring back into his crease... third ump is consulted as Buttler takes the bails off but he's in. A direct hit, and he may have struggled. Jayawardene steps away and plays one of his wristy tickles to third man but Alex Hales makes an excellent stop to restrict them to one. We've reached the halfway stage.

    Mahela Jayawardene
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    Stuart from Eastbourne: Remind me again, why does Bresnan get picked? His bowling has gone backwards.

  120. 9 overs: 
    SL 61-1 (Dilshan 24*, Jayawardene 33*)

    Tredwell wheels away for his second over, three singles in it. Nice and tight, Tredders.

  121. 14:14: 
    World Fantasy Fielding XI

    Not many England contenders today for the Fantasy Fielding XI we were trying to construct earlier in the live text... Who would be in your Nightmare Fielding XI? Monty and Tuffers for starters?

    Jade Dernbach
  122. 8 overs: 

    Captain Stuart Broad is on as England's sixth bowler, Jayawardene aims a fierce drive through the covers which is half-stopped by Bopara and turned a likely four into one - but then Dilshan tees off, lashing a flat six over mid-wicket to bring up the fifty stand. A pull brings him two, then Dilshan lifts one to deep square leg and it's dropped - this time by Tim Bresnan. Oh dear...

    Tim Bresnan
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    Jiten gami: Jayawardene doesn't walk. Just ask Michael Clarke - kept telling him to "chill"

    Mikey Knight-Robson: What does Dernbach have to do to get dropped? Get hit for a huge over rate? Field like Bambi on ice?

  124. 7 overs: 
    SL 48-1 (Dilshan 13*, Jayawardene 31*)

    England's senior spinner James Tredwell into the attack, and after every delivery he carefully dries the ball with a navy blue towel he tucks into his flannels. Dilshan and Jayawardene - combined age 73 - help themselves to four singles and a two.


    Netherlands opening batsman Micky Swart: So so close, that one stings a bit.....

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That catch was out, I'm sorry. It's hopeless. Off-field umpires absolve themselves of responsibility and just hand it off. They must take more responsibility than they do. It looked out on every angle; nobody can quite believe it wasn't given out."

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  127. 6 overs: 
    SL 42-1

    Chris Jordan replaces fellow right-arm seamer Dernbach for the final over of the powerplay, no sign of Cap'n Broad bowling yet... Dilshan adds a single, Jayawardene's charmed life continues as he guides one off his legs and it goes for four. A leg bye and a single mean it's seven from the over. Jayawardene has 29 - anyone else sense the crushing inevitability of a century for him after that Lumb "catch"?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stuart Broad made a great play of moving Jade Dernbach to mid-on from third man instead of Alex Hales. He shouldn't have bothered."

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  129. 5 overs: 

    Jayawardene's haphazard innings continues - it's either boundaries or plays-and-misses - as he swishes at Bresnan before stepping across to the off side and hoicking him over long leg for six! Next ball, he skies one over mid-on and is dropped by, guess who, Jade Dernbach, who looked like he was trying to catch a bar of soap. They run two. (And he really should have taken that - a certain bearded England Test spinner would have been slaughtered by parts of the media for shelling that one). Jayawardene tucks in with another four through the leg side.

    Tin hats on - my colleagues are reinforcing the TMS inbox after that Dernbach drop...

    Mahela Jayawardene
  130. 4 overs: 
    SL 23-1

    Jayawardene lifts Dernbach for four to the cow corner boundary, then delicately chips one over slip and it slides underneath Alex Hales scooting round from third man. Vic Marks on TMS makes the comparison between Hashim Amla earlier today, and Jayawardene - two classy, classical, technically correct players - looking rather awkward at having to "slog". A single takes him to 13 from 10 balls.

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    Charles Isere: Steve Davis should be fined 100% of his match fee for that decision.

    Hugh Moxon: Everyone has a go at football refs but they only see an incident once. Cricket umpires see replays and they still get it wrong.

    Jonty Hughes: Jayawardene like to stand for low catches. Remember Nathan McCullum's brilliant take given not out at last WT20.

  132. 3 overs: 
    SL 14-1 (Dilshan 7*, Jayawardene 4*)

    Dilshan attempts his signature shot - patented by him around the time of the World Twenty20 in 2009 - twice more but can't connect. A strange over ends - a six, followed by five dots.

  133. 2.1 overs: 
    SL 14-1

    It does nothing for England's over-rates when they get all their fielders ready for the third over, to be bowled by Tim Bresnan - only for them to swap the men at mid-on and third man. The first two overs have taken 14 minutes, and then we get this... when the over does start, Dilshan bends down and Dilscoops Bresnan's first ball for six over the keeper's head!

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "In one sense, it's hard for Steve Davis who is now in a very arduous slot of third umpiring after being in the middle for a very tense game earlier. He's probably had about enough time for a cup of tea and then it's straight on with it."

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  135. 2 overs: 
    SL 8-1
    Rod Tucker and Stuart Broad

    Stuart Broad, fined the other day for post-match comments about umpires, may have to be careful what he says here when he questions the umpires before play is resumed. Jayawardene finishes the over with a four through fine leg, and Dernbach looks in a right strop as he takes his cap from the umpire.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think that's just a brilliant catch by Michael Lumb - he was diving forward and took it superbly. It's a ridiculous decision. Jayawardene is lucky."

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    Plenty of TV replays are examined by third umpire Steve Davis - did he take the catch cleanly, were his hands underneath it? Verdict... not out!


    New batsman Mahela Jayawardene prods at his first ball, it gets a leading edge and spoons to cover where Michael Lumb leaps forward. England celebrate the catch, Dernbach in particular goes crazy but Jayawardene stands his ground, the umpire does not raise his finger, and they go upstairs to the third ump...

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was good pace from Jade Dernbach and it's a big wicket because it brings Mahela Jayawardene to the crease early. I'd keep that slip in place."

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  140. 1.2 overs: 
    WICKET- K Perera c Buttler b Dernbach 3 (SL 4-1)

    Dernbach takes the second over, with a covering of stubble on his cheeks and chin possibly having crossed the line into trainee beard-dom. Perera swings at Dernbach's second ball and gloves a catch down the leg side.

    Perera shakes his head as he goes off. He'll be hoping the match referee isn't watching that.

    Jade Dernbach

    James Richmond in Blackburn: Fantastic effort from Netherlands there, they did the fellow Associates proud after Monday. There is some real hope for England after that last performance from South Africa. If we can restrict Sri Lanka's scoring today and handle Malinga plus the Sri Lankan spinners, there is real hope for England in reaching the semi-finals.

  142. 1 over: 
    SL 4-0

    The right-handed Tillakaratne Dilshan pushes Moeen Ali for a single, there's a delay (someone moving by the sightscreens) before the left-handed Kusal Perera can face his first ball - which he guides to fine leg for a probable single, until a sloppy bit of fielding by Jade Dernbach (cue the flood of emails, texts and tweets) means they can run a second. A tapped single means it's four off the first over.

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    James Spence: Brace yourself for the Dernbach haters.

  144. 13:30: 

    Well, we've had one side in orange throw away a promising position in Chittagong today (you can read Marc Higginson's report on South Africa's win over the Netherlands if you've only just joined us, what about England (who still claim their kit is actually "solar red")? Moeen Ali will (off) spin down the first over.

  145. 13:28: 

    Tillakaratne Dilshan, a light blue bandana around his head as ever, kisses the badge on his Sri Lanka helmet before taking the field with his hard-hitting partner Kusal Perera.

  146. 13:25: 

    And... the Sri Lanka anthem has finished. Aggers' suggestion of all five verses of "God Save The Queen" has fallen on deaf ears. We just get the one. (And it's the traditional verse, not the one about crushing rebellious Scots). Full marks to Messrs Broad and Buttler for singing the loudest.

  147. 13:23: 

    Sri Lanka's anthem is up first, so we're still a way away from the first over...

  148. 13:22: 

    Plenty more to come on the IPL over the next few days - as Rahul Tandon and Aggers have been discussing on TMS, it not only raises questions for the future of the IPL, it has further implications for world cricket, given that BCCI chief N Srinivasan was expected to be anointed as head of the ICC later this year...

    But for now, it's England and Sri Lanka ready to lock horns. The strident Vangelis music tells us the players are on their way.

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    Richard Jones: Not sure our bowling will keep SL down to winning (for us) total... we don't bowl yorkers... need early wickets... a few please!


    The BBC's Rahul Tandon in Kolkata, India: "The whole of the news coverage has moved away from the general elections and the talk is about the IPL, what is wrong with Indian cricket and what needs to be done.

    "The Supreme Court, India's highest court, has said it doesn't have any faith in the men running Indian cricket. Mr N Srinavasan will have to step down.

    "There is a lot of criticism about the way Indian cricket is being run - probably criticism that should have happened a long time ago - and whether the Indian Premier League will take place this year. The fans want the sport cleaned up. The public wants an open and honest debate about what is happening."

  151. 13:13: 
    Points table

    The Group 1 table now looks like this:

    Sri Lanka - P2, W2, Pts 4, NRR +3.225

    South Africa - P3, W2, L1, Pts 4, NRR +0.050

    New Zealand - P2, W1, L1, Pts 2, NRR +0.276

    England - P1, L1, Pts 0, NRR -1.688

    Netherlands - P2, L2, Pts 0, NRR -2.950

    So, we reckon a win for Sri Lanka today pretty much puts them in the semi-finals, considering their net run rate is gargantuan by NRR standards.

  152. 13:08: 

    As TMS listeners are hearing from Charles Dagnall, there's plenty going on back in India as the country's Supreme Court intends to bar Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from this year's Indian Premier League, which starts on 16 April, as the two teams are being investigated as part of an illegal betting and match-fixing probe.

    The Supreme Court has also recommended that India batting legend Sunil Gavaskar takes over as interim president of the country's cricket board in place of Narayanaswami Srinivasan.

    You can read more on this story on the BBC Sport website.

  153. 13:06: 
    Team line-ups

    So much for the rumours of Ian Bell opening, both teams are unchanged:

    England: Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad (capt), James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach.

    Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga.

    Umpires are Pakistan's Aleem Dar and Australia's Rod Tucker, with fellow Aussie Steve Davis (who was on the field for South Africa-Netherlands) now on TV replays.


    England captain Stuart Broad: "Our job is restrict Sri Lanka and knock them off. The batting was good the other night, but we did not test our bowling and we're feeling fresh."

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will be hoping the dew comes down, thick and fast, in about two hours' time. They'll need to get Kusal Perera early - the old boys in the team haven't had to do much batting yet."

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  156. 13:02: 

    England win the toss and field. They're unchanged, and skipper Stuart Broad says they have a strong bowling unit.

    Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal seems pretty happy and wants to put a big total on the board - they're unchanged too.

  157. 13:00: 

    It's all go here - the toss is imminent, as we turn our focus towards England v Sri Lanka, take a quick look at Jonathan Agnew's analysis, where he warns England they must deal with Lasith Malinga, who has been a thorn in their side many times...

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've thought of a rather nifty policy I might employ against Sri Lanka, if I were England As they have a very, very, very long national anthem, I might give them all five verses of 'God Save The Queen', which might unsettle them. But I've heard rumours of Ian Bell opening the batting..."

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    Phillip Barlow: I think we can add this game to the category "Almighty Scare".

    Cam Melling: Great effort from @KNCBcricket despite the loss. Very good comeback after the Sri Lanka match. Done the associates proud.

    Louis Strong: Netherlands are a great side regardless of this result. Some good cricket but need to learn to seal a game.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The Netherlands scored so quickly at the start through Myburgh that they actually had more time than they realised. Tahir is billed as a leg break bowler, but it was his googly and flipper that did the damage. Every other side in the group would have been willing the Dutch on."

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    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "We're making it a little tight for ourselves. It's a great sign when your side isn't playing at 100% and you still get over the line. We were very poor today, only playing at 50-60% but to win it when they needed four an over was terrific. Our powerplay was decent, then we lost our way in the middle. We need to be able to play better cricket.

    "Steyn and Tahir were outstanding, while the other bowlers put their hands up towards the end. The Netherlands played fantastic cricket, we've got to make sure we come back stronger because for a team that want to win the tournament, that wasn't good enough by us."


    Netherlands captain Peter Borren: "I think we needed four and a half an over at one stage with plenty of wickets in hand, so the feeling in the camp is that we've let one go here. We played across the line to Tahir who was sliding them in straight.

    "They got off to a flying start but our catching was good and Ahsan Malik is a wonderful performer, hats off to him, but it's unfortunate that our batters couldn't do it, and I have to take responsibility with my dismissal. But that's cricket, as much as I'm miffed, we've stepped up and competed with one of the best teams in the world."

  163. 12:48: 

    Man of the match is South Africa's birthday boy Imran Tahir, who turns 35 today, for his 4-21.

    Imran Tahir
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I bet they wish they took the single the ball before! Hendricks has delivered and South Africa can breathe again. For the bulk of that innings they were losing that match, at 116-4 it was as good as over. They are jubilant, but it was a squandered chance for the Netherlands and they should have won. That reaction when they took that final wicket was relief - they have escaped when they looked like losing."

  165. 12:46: 

    So, a win for the Proteas - but by a much narrower margin than they might have anticipated. Some of the Dutch batsmen may be kicking themselves for the way they got out, but at least a little honour has been restored after the tanking they took at the hands of Sri Lanka.

  166. 12:45: 


  167. 18.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Van der Gupten c De Kock b Hendricks 8 (Ned 139 all out)

    Van der Gugten nicks one to the keeper - South Africa have won, and they're out of jail.

    Timm van der Gugten
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    Sean: Super over anyone?

  169. 18.3 overs: 
    Ned 139-9 (target 146)

    Left-armer Hendricks to bowl, round the wicket in the style of Wasim Akram. TVDG drills a single to Steyn on the cover boundary. Eight needed from 11. Malik cuts a wide delivery to third man for a single - seven needed from 10. TVDG guides the third ball off his legs but straight to a fielder. Seven off nine.

  170. 18 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ned 137-9 (target 146)

    They ran on the catch so it's Van der Gugten facing Tsotsobe's penultimate ball, he skies it high over mid-wicket and is dropped by Steyn coming in from mid-wicket! They run two. TVDG settles for a single from the last ball - so it's nine needed from 12 balls (eight for a super over) and he has protected Malik from the strike.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm finding it totally exhausting watching this, it's fantastic. I just hope the English aren't too exhausted watching this! The Netherlands still have the time, they just don't have the wickets."

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  172. 17.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bukhari c Miller b Tsotsobe 11 (Ned 134-9)

    Bukhari goes after a short ball, gets a top edge and Miller comes in from mid-wicket to take the catch.

    Last man Ahsan Malik, having taken 5-19 earlier, this is your chance to be a hero!

  173. 17.3 overs: 
    CLOSE!- Ned 134-8 (target 146)

    Tsostobe to bowl his final over. Bukhari fishes at thin air, then swats one to mid-off where Dui Plesis makes a characteristically athletic stop, but Tsotsobe can't collect it cleanly at the bowler's end and the Dutch complete a single. TVDG chips a single to long-on - they need 12 from 15 balls.

  174. 12:36: 
    Women's World Twenty20

    Ireland's women have lost by 78 runs against Australia in their Group A game. Chasing a daunting 192 to win, Ireland mustered 113-7 in reply. Beaten by New Zealand in their opening game, Ireland sit bottom of the group without a point to their name.

  175. 17 overs: 
    Ned 132-8 (target 146)

    The bristling Dale Steyn, tattooed arms pumping as he runs in, to bowl his last over, He has a slip in. Van der Gugten manages a single, Bukhari can't get a couple of deliveries away but then drills the ball down to long-on and they run three. 14 needed from 20. TVDG ducks a bouncer, the slip comes out for Steyn's last ball, TVDG plays and misses and Steyn finishes with 2-19 from four overs.

    The Dutch need 14 from 18 balls - but South Africa's two best bowlers are now both bowled out.

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    Jay: Are South Africa finally going to pass on the 'choking' baton to the Netherlands or will they maintain their firm hold?

    Tom Oates: The Netherlands are going to lose this game and they only have themselves to blame

  177. 16 overs: 
    Ned 128-8 (target 146)

    You wait for one Van, and two come along one after the other... Logan van Beek is replaced by Timm van der Gugten. He and Bukhari scarmble three singles, so it's eight off Tsostobe's over - 18 needed from 24 balls. And here comes Steyn...

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Dear Logan van Beek, he's just showed his inexperience, there was never two there. Bukhari was never interested."

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  179. 15.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Van Beek run out (Miller/De Kock) 1 (Ned 125-8)

    Lonwabo Tsotsobe back in the attack. He took a hammering in his first two overs which went for 33 - Mudassar Bukhari hooks his first ball, it sails over the keeper and flies away for four, it nearly went for six. But then a calamitous mix-up does for Logan Van Beek as Bukhari pushes a single, Van Beek goes for a second which was never there, Bukhari stays still and Van Beek is Van Run Out.

  180. 15 overs: 
    Ned 120-7 (target 146)

    Interesting - SA keep Steyn up their sleeves and turn back to Hendricks, with two new batsmen at the crease. They're both right-handed. Van Beek guides a single to the cover sweeper, Bukhari is also off the mark but those two singles are all they can muster. The target is 26 from 30 balls.

    Meanwhile, the England squad and coaching staff are in the ground, ready for game two against Sri Lanka - captain Stuart Broad has a keen eye this game, watching next to his sister Gemma, the team analyst.

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    Loviechop: Tom Cooper goes Just Like That!

    Zak Millington: Pieter Seelaar, you need 28 runs from 38 balls, you bat at number 8 for the Netherlands. Why are you trying to slog? Brainless.

    George Craven: I feel sorry for Netherlands but they only have themselves to blame. Why try hit the gun bowlers now when there are 6 overs left?

  182. 14 overs: 
    Ned 118-7 (target 146)

    If there's choking going on here, it's certainly not being done by South Africa. Logan van Beek is the new batsman, but they had crossed on the catch so Bukhari pushes the last ball of Tahir's spell back to the bowler. The Dutch need 28 from 36 balls.

    So when do SA bowl Steyn's last over? We reckon straight away - as if he takes another wicket or two, the game could be over.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Seelaar didn't look like a great player but he's coming in at number eight, so I'm not sure about the next three. But there's a hero to be made here, and it might be our friend Logan van Beek."

    Listen to live Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  184. 13.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Seelaar c Duminy b Tahir 2 (Ned 118-7)

    The Netherlands are into the all-rounders and bowlers here - Pieter Seelaar takes guard and cuts his first ball for two, but he's then nearly bowled as the ball just bounces over the top of the stumps. But next ball, he goes for a big heave and is pouched at long-on.

    Imran Tahir Imran Tahir
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a good ball, not quite a flipper but a slider that skidded on as there's a bit of moisture in the pitch now. South Africa are favourites for the first time in this match., but if the Netherlands can get through Imran and Steyn they have a chance."

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  186. 13.1 overs: 
    WICKET- T Cooper b Tahir 16 (Ned 116-6)

    Tahir switches ends and bowls Tom Cooper first ball, straight between his legs as he tries a pull shot!

    Game-changing wicket?

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    Charles Isere: Come on Tommy Cooper! Bat ball, ball bat. Let's go...

    Chris Dixon: Game Definitely On? I'd say. Game. Over.

  188. 13 overs: 
    Ned 116-5 (target 146)

    Mudassar Bukhari is the new batsman, he survives the last ball of Steyn's over but with 30 needed from 42 balls, Steyn can only deliver six more.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's lethal, Dale Steyn, he's taken wickets around the world and he's done a job for his captain here."

  190. 12.5 overs: 
    WICKET- B Cooper c De Kock b Steyn 5 (Ned 116-5)

    South Africa need to go for broke here - so they recall their prize asset Dale Steyn. Team Cooper scamper a couple of singles - but Ben perishes as he gloves one to the keeper trying to avoid a brutal bouncer from the paceman.

  191. 12 overs: 
    Ned 114-4 (target 146)

    Albie Morkel, who bowled the first over, is back into the attack - the Cooper brothers work him around for a couple of singles before Tom slaps a wide one just out of backward point's reach and away for four. The next is even wider, and is signalled as a wide by umpire Oxenford. The brothers then have to dash as Tom chops a two to third man, and the elder brother then bisects the legside boundary scouts as he smacks a four wide of mid-wicket.

    32 needed from 48 balls. Game. Definitely. On.

    Tom Cooper
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    Alan Compton: Can only assume that there has been some sort of Space Jam-esque moment with Myburgh stealing Gayle's slogging ability.

    Izzy Westbury: Stephan Myburgh. Born in Pretoria. Some English scout will be losing his job today.

  193. 11 overs: 
    Ned 101-4 (target 146)

    Ben Cooper joins elder brother Tom at the crease, he's a left-hander and square-drives his first ball for two. A single brings up the hundred, Tom Cooper nicks the strike with another. Tahir has 2-19 from three, and the Dutch need 45 from 54 balls. So, when do the Proteas unleash Steyn again?

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is where the challenge for the Associates is, you need a calm head. He got seven off the first two deliveries, just work it around."

    Listen to live Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  195. 10.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Borren lbw b Tahir 13 (Ned 97-4)

    Borren smashes Tahir for a six over mid-wicket - but is then trapped lbw sweeping.

    Imran Tahir
  196. 11:59: 
    Women's World Twenty20

    Over in Sylhet, Ireland's women are 70-3 in the 14th over chasing a mammoth - and unlikely - 192 to beat Australia. The Southern Stars may be seeing double as identical twins Isobel and Cecelia Joyce are at the wicket for Ireland.

  197. 10 overs: 
    Ned 90-3 (target 146)

    Duminy's off after his first over cost 12, and the Proteas turn back to seam in the shape of Hendricks. He keeps it tight with just two singles from the first five balls until Borren powerfully straight-drives him for four. 56 needed from 60 balls. Who's your money on?


    Mohammed in Oldham: The next five overs will either be make or break for South Africa. Netherlands just need to keep wickets in hand, and if they focus on that the runs will flow naturally.

  199. 9 overs: 
    Ned 84-2 (target 146)

    Tom Cooper is the new batsman, two more singles mean it's a tidy over from Tahir who has 1-8 from two overs. But with 11 to come, South Africa are going to have to find seven of them from bowlers other than Tahir or Steyn. 62 needed from 66 balls.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think that's a rough decision, it's missing the leg stump completely. In the context of the match, that could be a huge wicket."

    Listen to live Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  201. 8.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Barresi lbw b Tahir 14 (Ned 82-3)

    Bang, bang - two wickets fall together, Tahir makes the breakthrough as Barresi is trapped in front.

    But he's unlucky to be given out as the ball-tracker suggests that had DRS been in use for this tournament (which it's not), not only would it have been umpire's call on impact (possibly outside leg stump), it would have missed the stumps.


    Steve Hodgson: Re Fantasy Fielding XI... You've got to have James Tredwell in there - big bucket hands that catch everything and judging by the look of him, he's not afraid to take a ball in the face.

  203. 8 overs: 
    Ned 80-2 (target 146)

    Captain Peter Borren is the new batsman, he sweeps his first ball straight to short fine leg.

    66 needed fom 72 balls. Tell your friends about this game. It's Friday - I'm sure your supervisor in the office won't mind you opening up the live text* - as there is the prospect of a mighty, mighty upset here.

    *may not be true

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Beware the wounded Dutch. They have been superb, they are on a mission. Unless they get giddy, it should be a doddle for them now. That wicket was a case in point though: they had already scored 12 from the over. There was no need for anything wild."

  205. 7.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Myburgh b Duminy 51 (Ned 80-2)

    Myburgh's entertaining innings ends as he tries to drive Duminy and gets an inside edge onto his stumps as his bat flies out of his hands.

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    Ted Ditchburn: They'll be dancing in the canals of Amsterdam tonight!

    Julia Westbury: Dutch cricket is a small but passionate community. Definitely deserve this!

  207. 7.2 overs: 
    Ned 79-1 (target 146)

    Barresi plays a careful reverse-lap against off-spinner JP Duminy for four, then lofts a huge six over cow corner!

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Did the Dutch not get the script? I think they'll just knock Tahir around for singles now because he can turn the game on its head. He gets the ball to turn, has a googly and the quicker delivery, and he takes wickets. The Netherlands should target somebody else."

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  209. 7 overs: 
    MYBURGH 50- Ned 68-1

    With the powerplay overs concluded, leg-spinner Imran Tahir is into the attack, new batsman Wesley Barresi is off the mark with a single, then Myburgh brings up his third T20 international fifty (from 25 balls) with a single. Five singles from the over, in fact, mean the Dutch target is an even 78 from 78 balls.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "My worry was that the Dutch might go for respectability. They're certainly going for the win! Imran Tahir is the potential saviour for South Africa though."

    Listen to live Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  211. 6 overs: 
    Ned 63-1

    Myburgh cuts the last ball of the powerplay for four - he has 49 from 24 balls, the Netherlands are 63-1 and well on course for the shock of the tournament.

    And if you needed any persuasion that AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis are automatic choices for our Fantasy Fielding XI - take a look, if you can, at ABDV stopping that six and FDP taking that catch.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa captain Faf du Plessis needs to inspire his team, and that's the way to do it. It took some catching but desperate men usually hang on to the ball when it's in the air."

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  213. 5.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Swart c Du Plessis b Steyn 8 (Ned 58-1)

    Swart can't match his partner as he tries to join in with the big hitting but is caught by the diving Faf du Plessis at mid-off.

    Faf du Plessis
  214. 5.4 overs: 
    CLOSE!- Ned 58-0

    With the last over of the powerplay looming, Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis is going to have to use up another over of Steyn - as he really can't risk one of the other seamers, or a spinner, with the field restrictions in place. But even Steyn is taking some tap here as Myburgh hammers a four over extra cover. Then he hooks the ball high over mid-wicket, AB de Villiers leaps to catch it it but as he's about to step over the boundary, he somehow, amazingly, keeps it in and they only run one.

    Stephan Myburgh
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a serious position South Africa find themselves in. It's no wonder you can feel the anxiety. This is amazing."

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  216. 5 overs: 
    Ned 51-0 (target 146)

    Tsotsobe gets another over, despite going for 18 in his first... and takes more punishment from Myburgh as he swats a four over point, whacks another through the covers, and bludgeons another six over mid-wicket! A single takes Myburgh to 40 from 20 balls. Tsotsobe, whose middle name is Lopsy, has some very lop-sided bowling figures - 0-33 from two overs.

    I have to ask, is this the same Dutch team who were bowled out for 39 by Sri Lanka, or was that a team of non-cricketing stunt doubles?

    Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Stephan Myburgh

    Gijs: At 9.22 you asked if any Dutch supporters sensed an upset a la Lord's 2009 - at 11.08 I can definitely respond: Yes!

  218. 4 overs: 
    Ned 36-0

    At least South Africa have Dale Steyn to turn to in a crisis - the tattooed paceman charges in, eyes bulging, and could easily blow the Dutch away single-handed, but he can't bowl both ends... Two singles precede a rip-snorting bouncer which sails over the keeper's head for four byes - Steyn's lucky it's not given as five wides.

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    Andrew Harvey: Dale Steyn is going to rip this batting line up to shreds, Dutch won't make 70.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Somerset have just signed Stephan Myburgh's brother Johann. I wonder now if we've signed the right brother."

  221. 3 overs: 
    Ned 30-0 (target 146)

    Left-arm seam from both ends as Lonwabo Tsotsobe replaces Morkel, and Myburgh is up his toes to chip a four over point before whipping another boundary off his legs. Then the left-hander lifts Tsotsobe over mid-wicket and into the stand for six! The last ball is swiped for four over the head of Steyn at mid-off - that's 18 from the over.

    Stephan Myburgh
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Albie Morkel got his fingertips to that. If it was his brother, Morne, he'd have taken it at waist-height."

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  223. 2 overs: 
    Ned 12-0

    South Africa are keeping Dale Steyn under wraps for now as left-arm paceman Beuran Hendricks will take the second over... and his first ball is too loose as the right-handed Swart guides him for four off his legs, before riding his luck as he lobs a single just over the leaping Albie Morkel at mid-wicket. Myburgh guides a single to the lumbering Tsotsobe at third man.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stephan Myburgh is dangerous, as he showed against the Irish, and against somebody like Albie Morkel he will fancy his chances. It's nothing he hasn't seen before."

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  225. 1 over: 
    Ned 6-0 (target 146)

    Right-arm seamer Albie Morkel takes the new ball for South Africa - his brother Morne's not playing today, remember. Albie is a yard or two slower than Morne, and Myburgh and Swart manage a single apiece before the left-handed Myburgh slices a four over backward point. Not a bad start for the men in orange.

    Meanwhile, Ahsan Malik is getting a massage off the field after his exertions with the ball for the Dutch.

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    Jay‏: The DJ playing 'Country roads, take me home' after SA's innings. Is he messing with the South Africans' minds?

  227. 11:12: 

    There's a quick turnaround in these games - the Netherlands are ready to begin their run chase, with Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart opening up.

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    Andrew Hill: As a fan of England cricket it's good to see we're not the only full member team capable of under-performing at this level.

  229. 11:11: 

    In other news from the South Africa camp, pace bowler Wayne Parnell has left the World T20 squad to appear in court in Mumbai in relation to "drug-related charges".

    The left-arm seamer was among the players charged after police raided a party in Mumbai in May 2012, when he was playing in the Indian Premier League for Pune Warriors.

    Parnell, who says he is innocent and has "nothing to hide", misses today's game but is expected to return to Bangladesh in time for the match against England on Saturday.

    Wayne Parnell
  230. 11:09: 
    THAT'S A RECORD- Women's World Twenty20

    Australia captain Meg Lanning has set a new record for the highest score in women's Twenty20 international cricket, making 126 from 65 balls against Ireland in Sylhet before falling to the penultimate ball of the innings. The Southern Stars made 191-4 from their 20 overs.

    The only two other female T20 international centurions are South Africa's Shandre Fritz (116 not out v Netherlands) and West Indies' Deandra Dottin (112 not out v South Africa), both in 2010.

  231. 11:08: 

    On TMS now, they're hearing from England wicketkeeper-batman Craig Kieswetter, who is with the squad after a year in the international wilderness as an injury replacement for Luke Wright.

    You can read more from the interview on the BBC Sport website.

  232. 11:06: 
    How's stat?

    Malik's figures are the joint eighth-best bowling figures in all Twenty20 internationals - and the third best at a World Twenty20 tournament, only beaten by Ajantha Mendis's 6-8 for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe in Hambantota in 2012, and Umar Gul's 5-3 for Pakistan against New Zealand at The Oval in 2009.


    Netherlands bowler Ahsan Malik, who took 5-19: "It's brilliant to do it against South Africa on the world stage. We put the Sri Lanka game down to one bad display, we backed ourselves to come good. We just have to believe we can chase this target now."

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Chasing a target of 146 to win, the Dutch just need one batsman to come off. If the South Africans aren't careful, they'll be heading home soon. But you still have to make them slight favourites."

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  235. 11:04: 

    Now, the South Africa fans don't like the word "choke" being used - but they really made heavy weather of that innings. From 92-3 after 10 overs, they only added 53 from the last 10, for the loss of six wickets. And they made Ahsan Malik - a 24-year-old medium-pace trundler from Rotterdam - seem like a demon bowler.

  236. 20 overs: 
    SA 145-9

    Tahir pushes the fourth ball straight to a fielder, runs a scrambled bye off the fifth as he tries a Jos Buttler-style scoop and misses. Tsotsobe gets bat on ball to the last delivery and runs a single to mid-off - so the Netherlands will need to score 146 for a famous victory.

    Ahsan Malik
  237. 19.3 overs: 

    This would not have been in South Africa's game plan, with Imran Tahir and Lonwabo Tsotsobe at the crease in the last over. Tahir gives himself room to crash a foiur through the covers, then drills the ball to long-on and they scamper back for a second. Next ball, Tahir lefts Van der Gupten over the covers but it's through Myburgh's fingers and they run another precious two...

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    Fenners: Looks like the final match won't be a dead rubber after all: the Dutch may need to beat the group whipping boys (England) to qualify!

  239. 19 overs: 
    SA 135-9

    Last man Lonwabo Tsotsobe - not a man you'd want to be batting if your life depended on it - prevents a sixth wicket for Malik as he finishes with figures of 5-19. Take a bow, sir.

    Ahsan Malik
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's always a bad sign when your number 11 is batting in a 20-over game. I can't believe Ahsan Malik's figures - he's just running up and bowling off-cutters."

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  241. 18.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Miller b Malik 17 (SA 135-9)

    Ahsan Malik claims his fifth wicket of this innings - and his 12th of the tournament - as Miller is bowled trying to bash him through the leg side! An incredible spell!

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    Alan Compton: The Dutch are putting on a clinic in death bowling. Build pressure and the batsman will do something silly.

    Kevin Rose: Surely as South African fans we are used to this by now at World Cups! We are specialists in going home.

  243. 18.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Hendricks c Borren b Malik 3 (SA 133-8)

    Hendricks slogs, gets a leading edge and it's a skier for Borren to take at cover. Eight down!

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa don't have Morne Morkel, who is somebody a little quicker than the Associates are used to. Imran Tahir can also be quite profligate. Dale Steyn will be thinking he might have to bowl his team out of trouble yet again."

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  245. 18 overs: 
    SA 133-7

    Are we seeing the prospect of an upset here? Either way, it's not the "fill yer boots on net run rate" scenario which SA fans might have hoped for. Hendricks will be under instructions to give Miller the strike, but Bukhari keeps it tight, Miller has to dig a couple out of the blockhole and they can only muster four singles from the over.

    World Fantasy Fielding XI
    Dwayne Leverock

    Joshua Lennard-Jones: Surely the Bermudian Dwayne Leverock would make the team as a specialist slip fielder?

    Dwayne Leverock
  247. 17 overs: 
    SA 128-7

    Beuran Hendricks (playing only his third T20 international, having made his debut earlier this month) is the new batsman. He's off the mark with a single.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa have decelerated here. Out of the blue we have a game on. Quite cunningly, Netherlands skipper Peter Borren has recognised the possibility of actually bowling the Proteas out and has brought in a slip."

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  249. 16.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Steyn c Barresi b Malik 5 (SA 127-7)

    Bukhari off, Malik on, and the leading wicket-taker in the tournament does the business again as Steyn steps back but edges to the keeper! He had just ended that long boundary drought with a four through the covers.

  250. 10:43: 
    Women's World Twenty20

    In Sylhet, Australia captain Meg Lanning has reached her century from 53 balls - the Southern Stars are 160-2 in the 18th over against Ireland.

  251. 16 overs: 
    SA 120-6

    South Africa's tail is not the longest at this tournament - their number eight is Dale Steyn, who normally bats a place or two lower in Test cricket, but is perfectly capable of clearing the ropes. He shoulders arms to Van der Gugten outside off stump - with De Villiers long gone, sadly we have no prospect of TVDG bowling to ABDV. Four overs left.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa are not out of the woods yet, there's a game on here. There finally a few smiles breaking out in the Dutch camp. South Africa have been torn between pushing on and instead have been a bit tentative."

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  253. 15.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Duminy c Barresi b Van der Gugten 12 (SA 120-6)

    Timm van der Gugten returns, he's penalised with a very marginal leg-side wide but then makes the breakthrough as Duminy is adjudged to have got a touch on another one down the leg side and Barresi takes the catch.

    Timm van der Gugten
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    The TMS team heard some whistling in the crowd and couldn't work out what it was for...

    "I don't think I've ever seen a streaker in this part of the world. It's not a good idea when you consider those high fences."

  255. 15 overs: 
    SA 114-5

    New bowler, same action as Bukhari replaces Malik. But Duminy and Miller aren't hitting the accelerator yet - again, just six from the over, we've not had a boundary since the ninth over.

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    We're asking for your suggestions for a World Fantasy Fielding XI to join Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers:

    Ben Page: Kieron Pollard, Ravi Jadeja and David Warner definitely candidates for a world fielding eleven.

    Thomas Kirman: Eoin Morgan. #fielding11

  257. 10:35: 
    Women's World Twenty20

    A quick update from Sylhet - Australia's women are 123-2 after 15 overs against Ireland, with skipper Meg Lanning on 68.

  258. 14 overs: 
    SA 108-5

    The new batsman is David Miller, who UK fans may remember for his big-hitting T20 stint with Yorkshire a few years ago, so it's still two left-handers in tandem. And finally a Dutch bowler is allowed a two-over spell as Cooper continues, but Miller and Duminy can only plunder ones and twos at this stage. It's certainly not the turkey trot for South Africa against the Netherlands that it was for Sri Lanka the other day.

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    Tom Girling: Are the Netherlands going to let all 11 players bowl in the innings like you sometimes had to do in junior cricket?

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa are spluttering here. Albie Morkel had only got five off 11 deliveries and was probably feeling the pressure of having to get on with it."

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  261. 13 overs: 
    WICKET- A Morkel c B Cooper b Malik 5 (SA 102-5)

    Medium-pace trundler Ahsan Malik - who claimed the prize wicket of Hashim Amla earlier - snares the big-hitting Albie Morkel as he goes for a big hit over the leg side but it's down deep mid-wicket's throat. Malik has none-too-shabby bowling figures of 2-0-9-2.

    Albie Morkel and Ahsan Malik
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm getting to know the South Africans pretty well because we're staying in the same hotel. I see them at breakfast in the morning and at the evening buffet. They are eating very well to be fair. I've also been going to the gym with Marvan Atapattu and there's a real problem with power cuts here in Bangladesh - that's never great when you're on a running machine. You can come close to flying off it without warning. Faf Du Plessis was having a fitness test on a running machine this morning. If a power cut had happened at that point, he'd have been thrown through a wall."

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  263. 12 overs: 
    SA 100-4

    Does captain Peter Borren have a computer to randomly pick who bowls which over, or is it all a Dutch masterplan? Tom Cooper returns, but with the side already four down, Duminy and Morkel are biding their time rather than going crash-bang-wallop-what-a-picture at this stage. Some ones and twos mean the hundred is brought up off the last ball of the 12th over.

  264. 11 overs: 
    SA 94-4

    A Morkel single brings new batsman JP Duminy on strike fresh from his 86 from 43 balls against New Zealand, so we have two left-handers at the crease, but Van Beek keeps it tight and there are just two singles from the over.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The Dutch are just chipping away here, taking wickets. South Africa could just fall into the trap of trying to go too big too early."

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  266. 10.1 overs: 
    WICKET- De Villiers c B Cooper b Van Beek 21 (SA 92-4)

    Another Proteas star holes out somewhat casually as De Villiers is caught at deep extra cover aiming a big blast over the top. A wicket for the recalled Van Beek.

    Logan van Beek
  267. 10 overs: 
    SA 92-3 (De Villiers 21*, Morkel 1*)

    The Dutch bowlers continue to operate in one-over spells as Bukhari returns, De Villiers pushes him for a couple of well-run twos and a single, though Morkel is lucky not to be run out at the bowler's end. There's a slip in for the big left-hander as he faces his first ball, but he chops a single to third man.

  268. 10:16: 
    Women's World Twenty20

    Australia are going well against Ireland - they're 78-1 early in the 11th over, with skipper Meg Lanning on 34.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Interesting that Albie Morkel has come to the crease before David Miller, who is a fine player. Miller has not been in great form so it would have been good for him to have a couple of overs to get himself in. We know Albie Morkel can just come in and hit boundaries straight away."

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  270. 9 overs: 
    SA 85-3

    The big-hitting Albie Morkel is promoted up the order to number five, ahead of JP Duminy and David Miller (who are both, admittedly, great strikers of the ball). A single takes AB de Villiers to 15.

    Meanwhile, we think it's fair to say Du Plessis and ABDV would both walk into a World Fantasy Fielding XI. Who else would you nominate for the best fielding side in the world? From the players at this tournament, I'd be tempted to have the gazelle-like speed of West Indies' Andre Russell in the outfield. Email, text or tweet us your nominations.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "He didn't go hard at it, the timing was really good but there wasn't enough power behind the shot and that's why it didn't carry over the boundary. After he hit it, Faf just looked to the heavens and cursed himself, probably wondering why he didn't follow through and hit the ball a little bit harder."

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  272. 8.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Du Plessis c Van Beek b T Cooper 24 (SA 84-3)

    Du Plessis whacks off-spinner Tom Cooper for six over long-off but is then caught on the leg-side fence attempting another big blow.

    Faf du Plessis
    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think South Africa want this from AB de Villiers: they want him to take his time, get himself set and then launch."

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  274. 8 overs: 
    SA 75-2

    Left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar is the fifth different bowler used in the last five overs, but it's business as usual as Du Plessis brilliantly bisects the long-on and cow corner fielders with a well-placed four. More ones and twos mean it's nine from the over, while Du Plessis takes a tumble as he makes his ground at the bowler's end, and his batting partner can't help chuckling.


    Chris Evans: This probably won't come as a huge surprise, but of the 11 players in today's Dutch team, only two were actually born in the Netherlands (Ahsan Malik and Pieter Seelaar). The rest are mostly from Australia and New Zealand.

    There are 12 South African-born players on duty today - the SA team (minus Imran Tahir) plus Wesley Barresi and Stephan Myburgh.

  276. 7 overs: 
    SA 66-2

    The Dutch rotate their bowlers as Malik is replaced by fellow right-arm seamer Mudassar Bukhari, Du Plessis and De Villiers plunder four singles before the skipper swipes a four through third man.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That is one of the worst overs to bowl because the batsman knows it's the last of the powerplay, and they tossed the ball to a relative novice."

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  278. 6 overs: 
    SA 58-2 (Du Plessis 5*, De Villiers 6*)

    Van der Gugten is replaced by Logan van Beek - grandson of the late Sammy Guillen, who played Test cricket for both West Indies and New Zealand in the 1950s. Van Beek, no more than medium-fast, is fairly easy pickings for the Proteas pair as Du Plessis hoists him over his head for a four to bring up South Africa's fifty. A couple of singles and two leg-side wides advance the score as Van Beek - a former player for the New Zealand Under-19 basketball side - is off target again and ABDV helps a four through fine leg.

    AB de Villiers
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  280. 5 overs: 
    SA 46-2

    AB de Villiers (ODI captain, possibly the next Test captain and having already stood in for Du Plessis as T20 skipper in their first game of this tournament) is the new batsman, and he's off the mark with a single.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Hashim is also one of the most mild-mannered cricketers in the world. The fact he stayed at the crease momentarily is the closest you will get to dissent from him. He clearly didn't think he hit it."

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Hashim Amla is one of the most aesthetically pleasing players in the world. He doesn't resort to just clumping the ball - but he's out now and he's dragging himself away. I don't think he believed he edged that."

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  283. 4.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Amla c Barresi b Malik 43 (SA 45-2)

    New bowler Ahsan Malik removes the dangerous Amla as he has him caught behind off the faintest of edges! The medium-pacer had just been lifted over his head for a two and a four, but Amla departs after a boundary-packed 22-ball 43.

    Ahsan Malik
  284. 4 overs: 
    SA 39-1 (Amla 37*, Du Plessis 1*)

    After a single from Du Plessis, Van der Gugten drops it short to Amla and he pulls it over mid-wicket for four. A single takes him to 37 from 19 balls - nearly 95% of the score so far.

    Hashim Amla
  285. 3 overs: 
    SA 33-1

    Swart to continue, and if the wicket of De Kock persuaded skipper Borren to give Swart another over, he may be regretting that decision as after Swart starts with a wide, Amla effortlessly lofts a six over the bowler's head, lifts a four past mid-off, gets down on one knee to lash a four over short fine leg. edges a four past the keeper, and smacks his fourth four of the over over mid-off. 23 from the over. Amla has 32 from 15 balls.

  286. 2 overs: 
    SA 10-1

    Paceman Timm van der Gugten to share the new ball, Amla pushes his first ball for two - and survives an appeal for a run-out on the second. The bearded maestro then unleashes a lovely cut shot for four, and a single means he's scored all of South Africa's 10 runs so far.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I just went on the BBC weather website, deleted Exeter and typed in Chittagong, and got five sunshine symbols."

    But Aggers' forecaster at ITV reckons there might be a chance of a shower...

  288. 1 over: 
    SA 3-1

    Skipper Faf du Plessis is the new man in, a little earlier than he may have anticipated. He plays his first ball back to the bowler.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's not a great start. De Kock thought he'd shuffle down and tap it into the leg side to get off the mark. I don't know if the ball stopped in the pitch or he was early on the shot but it just ballooned up. That slightly raises our chances of a close game."

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  290. 0.5 overs: 
    WICKET- De Kock c Myburgh b Swart 0 (SA 3-1)

    Swart bowls round the wicket, Amla delicately clips a two off his legs before pushing a single to mid-off. But there's a shock as the left-handed De Kock hits his second ball to square leg where he's easily caught by Swart's opening partner Stephan Myburgh, almost like he's giving catching practice.

    Wesley Barresi and Michael Swart
  291. 09:29: 

    The Dutch are going to open with spin - the bearded opener Michael Swart is going to send down some off breaks.

  292. 09:28: 
    Women's World Twenty20

    Over in Sylhet, Ireland have lost the toss and Australia will bat first.

    Meanwhile, our primary focus will be in Chittagong, where South Africa's openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are walking to the middle.


    Ray Tate, Glasgow: With the Netherlands in action again this morning I searched for the lowest score in international cricket and Tuesday's match v Sri Lanka was a veritable run fest compared to the ACC Trophy match (50 overs) on 20 August 2006 in Kuala Kumpur between Myanmar & Nepal. Nepal won the toss & fielded: Myanmar 10 (10.1 ov), Nepal 11-0 (0.2 ov) - three wides were bowled yielding five runs.

  294. 09:26: 
    Women's World Twenty20
    Claire Shillington

    The women's tournament continues apace, and after England got back to winning ways against India yesterday, there are two matches in Ireland's group today, with the Irish facing Australia before New Zealand take on Pakistan. Anything other than wins for the Antipodean sides would be the mother of all shocks, three days before Mothering Sunday. We'll keep you posted, though.

  295. 09:25: 

    South Africa's rousing anthem is next. As anthem connoisseurs will know, it contains no fewer than five languages - Xhosa, Zula, Sesotho and Afrikaans before finishing in English.

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Live Scores - England v Sri Lanka


  • England beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets
  • England: 190-4 (19.2 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 189-4 (20.0 overs)
  • Venue: Chittagong

England Innings

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Lumb b Kulasekara 0
Hales not out 116
Moeen c Senanayake b Kulasekara 0
Morgan c Mathews b Kulasekara 57
Buttler c Chandimal b Kulasekara 2
Bopara not out 11
Extras 1nb 3w 4
Total for 4 190

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