England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI as it happened

England lose to Sri Lanka by seven runs in the fourth ODI at Lord's despite Jos Buttler's brilliant 121 off 74 balls.

31 May 2014 Last updated at 09:58

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  1. 19:00: 

    And that, I think, is that. On a remarkable day of sport, the cricket did not let us down, as Buttler fought before Malinga delivered the knockout blow.

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    Chamath de Silva: Buttler's innings just papered over the obvious flaws. On another day, England would have collapsed to 180 all out.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will be kicking themselves They will feel elated at seeing one of their team-mates play such an innings, but they will be deflated too. Perhaps they need more power at the top; they need to start the chase quicker."

  4. 18:53: 

    Man of the match Jos Buttler: "That's the best I've ever played. It's brilliant to play that well but it's disappoinitng not to get over the line.

    "Me and Ravi just had some fun. We didn't think we could win, but that gave us a licence.

    "When someone like Malinga comes back at the end, you know it's going to be hard. Kulasekara bowled a really good penultimate over too.

    "The Test side is a different format, so maybe not. I've got so many areas in which I can improve as a cricketer."

  5. 18:51: 

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "That was one hell of a game. It was one of the best innings I've seen; Jos batted brilliantly. But we saved the best 'til last and it's pretty hard to get 10 runs of Lasith Malinga. He is the man for us.

    "Sangakkara and Dilshan batted extremely well; they set the platform. All in all, 300 was a good score. We know if we get past 250 we have a good chance."

  6. 18:48: 

    That's not a typo, Jos Buttler's nickname really is Jose.

  7. 18:47: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "It was looking pretty bleak before Buttler and Bopara got going. We didn't get the first 20 overs right.

    "We know we have to play the first 30 overs better. There's a lot of work to do. Jose played so well, I can't fault him.

    "The wicket didn't do as much as we thought. We fought back well to restrict them to 300.

    "Trying to get the right balance of the side is hard. When we get wickets up front, it's OK."

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    Chris Hart: Game lost by Root meandering along. Kieswetter has to come in for Root. Top performer in all formats.

    Stuart Mitchell: Alex Hales may not come off every game but if he does he would put us ahead of the run rate to give middle order breathing space.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "They were both very different innings. Sangakkara just picked the gaps - effortless. But that was absolutely brutal by Buttler - absolutely box-office stuff."

  10. 18:40: 
    The series is level 2-2

    Yep, after all that, we go again. We go to Edgbaston on Tuesday. If it's that dramatic, I'm not sure I'll be able to take it.

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    James Truscott: So close, yet so far...Malinga is just too good, so calm and composed during such a tense final over.

    Vinny Person: Malinga. Probably the best death bowler in the history of the sport. Disciplined, aggressive and spot-on.

  12. 18:38: 

    Remember when we asked if England's earlier go-slow approach would come back to haunt them? Well now we know. Being 10-2 in a chase of 301 didn't help either. Buttler's brilliance got them close, but it's rare that Malinga goes for 12 in the final over.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "What an innings from Jos Buttler. He will remember that for the rest of his life. But the last over went for four runs; what an over. That's what Malinga does. A great game of cricket - brilliant."

    Jos Buttler
  14. 50 overs: 
    Sri Lanka win by seven runs- Eng 293-8

    Tredwell can only manage a single, Sri Lanka win by seven runs. The end of a remarkable one-day international, one that will stick in the memory for some time. Jos Buttler was quite brilliant, but, at the end, Sri Lanka had Lasith Malinga.


    Lasith Malinga
  15. 49.5 overs: 
    Eng 292-8

    You are kidding? That's surely a wide? Not given, game over.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "What an amazing knock from Jos Buttler. A standing ovation from the Lord's crowd and fully deserved - he dragged England back by the scruff of the neck when they were dead and buried."

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  17. 49.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler run out 121 (Eng 292-7)

    Absolutely brilliant from Lasith Malinga, the perfect yorker. Jos Buttler started running, but was easily beaten to the non-striker's stumps. After a moment's silence, Lord's breaks into deafening applause to acclaim Buttler. Quite simply, a wonderful knock that dragged England from despair to the brink of victory. Now, with eight needed off two, that chance looks gone. James Tredwell on strike, nine needed off two.

  18. 49.3 overs: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 292-7 (target 301)

    The roar tells you Buttler is home. Two taken, nine needed off three.

  19. 49.3 overs: 
    Third umpire

    Buttler down the ground, surely there's not two? Throw to the striker's end, what's the verdict?

  20. 49.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Jordan c Dilshan b Malinga 5 (Eng 290-7)

    Full, smashed down the ground! Wait, where's he come from? Tillakaratne Dilshan running back from mid on and takes the catch. Chris Jordan goes, Dilshan waves his arms to the crowd. As important as the wicket, it's a dot ball. However, they have crossed, so Buttler will have the strike. 11 needed from four balls.


  21. 49.1 overs: 
    Eng 290-6 (target 301)

    Malinga to Buttler. Yorker. Single. 11 off five, Jordan on strike.

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    "Greatest ODI century from an England player that I have ever seen..."

  23. 49 overs: 
    Eng 289-6 (target 301)

    Buttler gets the one he needs to keep the strike. 12 needed off the final over, to be bowled by Lasith Malinga. Lord's rises in a roar on appreciation and anticipation. Here we go...

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    Chipperhull: Kevin who?

  25. 48.5 overs: 
    Eng 288-6

    Single apiece from each of the next two balls. Seven off the over so far, one ball to come. Buttler on strike.

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    Scott in Nottingham: First the rugby Premiership final, now this. I need a lie down.

  27. 48.3 overs: 
    Eng 286-6 (target 301)

    Incredible from Buttler! No man on the cover boundary, backing off to biff through the off side. Four more.

    Jos Buttler
  28. 48.2 overs: 
    Eng 282-6 (target 301)

    Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl the penultimate over, Chris Jordan on strike. Swing and a miss from the first ball, punt down the ground for one to follow. Buttler back at the business end, 19 needed off 10.

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    Sam in Paris: Any good at football, Jos?

  30. 48 overs: 
    Eng 281-6 (need 20 from 12 balls)

    Sedate end to the over, two, one, then a dot. Perhaps crucially, Buttler can't pinch the strike. England need 20 from 12 balls. Can you bear to watch?

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    Josh Payne: This is one of the best English ODI innings I have seen, great century.

  32. 47.3 overs: 
    Eng 279-6 (need 22 from 15)

    There is nowhere Sri Lanka can bowl to Jos Buttler. Malinga yorker? No thanks, biff it down the ground for four. Clip to mid-wicket, two sprinted. Surely this is England's to win?

  33. 47 overs: 
    Eng 271-6 (need 30 from 18 balls)

    Another two, then a misfield gets Buttler through to keep the strike. Three overs left, Malinga to bowl two of them. Here he comes...

  34. 46.4 overs: 
    100 for Jos Buttler- Eng 268-6

    Whatever you're doing, stand and applaud one of the great one-day innings from Jos Buttler. 100 from only 61 balls, at a time when England were dead and buried. If he's there at the end, you can't see anything but an England win.

    Jos Buttler
  35. 46.3 overs: 
    Eng 266-5

    Oh Ajantha Mendis, you tease. Jordan on strike, needing three balls to get a single. Here comes Buttler, 98 not out...

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    James Spence: All set for Jordan to cement himself as England's new hero.

  37. 46 overs: 
    Eng 265-5 (need 36 from 24 balls)

    Two chips towards mid on, the first deft enough to allow Jordan to get back back for two, the second not so. Already 15 from the first four balls of the over.

    Fifth ball, Buttler off as Jordan pushes to point, Jordan slow out of the blocks. Throw misses, Jordan home.

    Buttler on strike for the sixth...four over cover! 20 off the over! Jos Buttler has 98 from only 60 balls. Wonderful, brilliant and any other superlative you can think of.

  38. 45.2 overs: 
    Eng 257-6 (Buttler 91)

    Jos Buttler! Not fazed by the loss of his buddy Ravi, Kulasekara's first ball is hammered over cover. Wait for the third umpire...six! Crowd going loco. Next ball...same shot, same result. Two sixes in two balls. Unbelievable.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England don't get there they'll be kicking themselves because they've timed this innings poorly. They've done this before."

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  40. 45 overs: 
    Eng 245-6 (need 56 from 30 balls)

    Bopara and Buttler added 133 in 16.2 overs. Not only have they given England hope, they even made them favourites. Now, you have to say it's in the balance, possibly slightly favouring Sri Lanka. Then again, Chris Jordan is in the middle. Everything that boy touches turns to gold.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well played, Ravi Bopara; he got England back into the game. Just the right time for Sri Lanka; that partnership was edging England closer. Jordan can put the big blows in but it's up to Buttler - a one-man show."

  42. 44.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara c Thirimanne b Mendis 51 (Eng 244-6)

    Gone! Is that the wicket that wins this match for Sri Lanka? Ravi Bopara trying to sweep Ajantha Mendis, getting a top edge to Lahiru Thirimanne at short fine leg. Captain Cook hangs his head, Bopara drags himself off to a wonderful ovation, while Sri Lanka whoop-whoop in relief. Another twist in this remarkable game.


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    Chris White: Buttler and Bopara surely Englands most underrated batsmen - the number of times they come in and hit runs fast.

  44. 44 overs: 
    Fifty for Ravi Bopara- Eng 239-5

    Well played, Ravi Bopara. Perhaps second fiddle to Jos Buttler, but the Essex man has done a remarkable job of scampering and giving Buttler the strike. 50 from 44 balls with only boundary tells the story. England need 62 from six. Favourites?

  45. 43.5 overs: 
    Close!- Eng 238-5

    Malinga returns in what you feel like is almost a one-wicket game. If these to remain together, you have to think that England will win. Chris Jordan is the next man in, but could he score at nine or 10 an over? Oh no, surely a run out? Buttler is miles out...in comes the throw...missed. A let off.

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    Jon Dunn: Cook, Bell, Ballance & Root - a top order that won't strike fear into any opposition.

  47. 43 overs: 
    Eng 233-5 (Buttler 71, Bopara 48)

    The England balcony is starting to believe. Before, there was no one to be seen, now it's standing-room only. Last over for Senanayake and a rare of quiet one. Only three from it to put the pressure back on to the batsmen. The off-spinner departs with figures of 1-49. Seven overs remain, Malinga to bowl three of them. 68 needed from 42 balls.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant running between the wickets. The run-rate has dipped below nine for the first time in ages."

    Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler
  49. 42 overs: 
    Eng 230-5 (need 71 from 48 balls)

    "Ooohhhh Ravi Bopara" the crowd sing to the tune of Seven Nation Army as Essex's finest is confirmed to have beaten the direct hit of Nuwan Kulasekara. With the straight field set deep, Bopara twice nudges to mid-on and scampers two, greeted by more cheers and songs from the crowd. Yet another Sri Lanka misfield gives Bopara another couple, with the diving Buttler getting home for another two that never looked on. Brilliant running brings 10 from the over. You have to say that the game is nudging towards being "on".


    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "You can't leave it down to Buttler. Bopara has to find boundary options. You're looking square of the wicket on both sides."

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  51. 41 overs: 
    Eng 220-5 (need 81 from 54 balls)

    England still charging, Bopara taking two twos and then pulling a Mendis long hop to the fence for four. Lord's is covered in evening gloom, but the mood of the crowd is raucous. It reminds me of the time that Dominic Cork ran the West Indies ragged to win a Test match on a Saturday evening in 2000. 11 from it, rapturous applause. The required rate is down below nine.

    Ravi Bopara
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    Aaryaman: How long will it take them to realise that Buttler should be coming in much higher?

    Twisted Gills: Top order needs a destructive player who's prepared to attack & go aerial. Too many conservative plodders.

  53. 40 overs: 
    Eng 209-5 (Buttler 67, Bopara 28)

    Jos Buttler, what are you doing to us? Next ball, flicked to fine leg for four. Two singles means 50 runs have come in the powerplay. If they do that for another 10 overs, they will win with time to spare.

  54. 39.3 overs: 
    Eng 203-5

    When do you start to believe? Now Lasith Malinga is being biffed into the stands. A bumper, Buttler hooking with all his might square and over the rope. The Lancashire man has 62 from 43 balls.

  55. 17:38: 
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  56. 39 overs: 
    Eng 197-5 (104 needed from 66)

    Angelo Mathews shuffles his pack with two powerplay overs still remaining. Senanayake back. Shots on both sides of the wicket bring Bopara two, then three. Crowd definitely awake, starting to have a little hope. Every run cheered, an overthrow roared. Sri Lanka mistakes creeping in, England with the momentum. You still wouldn't back them, but it's getting much closer than it looked it would be at one stage.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Terrific striking from Buttler. He hits it so hard. These are the shots - conventional, hard cricket shots - I don't think we see enough from England's top order. They have to find ways of playing strokes through extra-cover and mid-wicket. We've got too many touch players at the top of the order."

  58. 38 overs: 
    Eng 187-5 (target 301)

    Ravi Bopara is playing his part too, taking the singles on offer to give Buttler as much strike as possible. With Malinga not quite looking so threatening and the bowlers at the other end going the distance, do England have a sniff? 114 needed from 72 balls. Not impossible, but still improbable.

    Ravi Bopara
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a huge hit. That really was a powerful shot. For those that remember Viv Richards..."

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  60. 37 overs: 
    Fifty for Jos Buttler- Eng 181-5

    Question: Is this the intent England should have shown ages ago, or are they allowed to play this way because of the work done by Root and Ballance? My suspicion is the former. When England can't find the boundary, they are scampering well - Bopara diving in to complete a two. After that, Jos Buttler flicks fine for four and then heaves a monster six over cover. 50? That can't be right? He's only faced 34 balls. It's true, you know. Well played, lad. You were needed 20 overs ago.

    Jos Buttler
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    Jack Ashbee: England still playing the same moronic one day cricket they did under Flower. Is Moores having any input at all?

  62. 36 overs: 
    Eng 166-5 (target 301)

    Powerplay = Malinga. Back comes Lasith, probably the most potent weapon in limited-overs cricket. I quite fancy watching the contest between him and Buttler. Malinga is going through his box of tricks - slower balls and bumpers - doing a good job of keeping Buttler quiet. For all their pre-drinks gains, that required-rate is still pushing 10 an over.

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    Max Wilding: Well at least Buttler looks like he's up for having a whack.

  64. 35 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 159-5 (need 142 from 15 overs)

    In the face of this mini-onslaught, Sri Lanka turn to Nuwan Kulasekara, one over before the batting powerplay has to be taken. The skiddy right-armer is in no mood for Buttler's nonsense, probing around off stump. Buttler, though, has the answer, a deft late cut past the dive of point. We'll have a drink before the powerplay begins.


    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England seem to have meandered their way to 34 overs. This was their chance to come out and win the series, but they've batted like they've already won it. Buttler has come in and showed them, what's all the fuss about?"

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  66. 34 overs: 
    Eng 153-5 (target 301)

    Where was this 20 overs ago? Jos Buttler is showing good intent, twice going inside-out to hit Mendis to the cover boundary. The crowd are getting in to it too, rallying behind the Lancashire man. He has 26 from 19 balls, all risk-free. The required rate is 9.25, nine came from that over.

    Jos Buttler
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    Darren Joyce: Another fragile display. This England team are so consistent at being inconsistent.

  68. 33 overs: 
    Eng 144-5 (need 157 from 17 overs)

    It's all a fuss over nothing, the ball wasn't hitting anyway. Meanwhile, England's charge continues with two, yes two, boundaries. Jos Buttler is the man first driving Mathews for four, then playing his own version of the scoop. Is this the start or a remarkable turnaround? Probably not.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If anyone can, Jos Buttler. But he's going to have to get a 70 or 80 in double-quick time."

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  70. 32 overs: 
    Eng 134-5 (Bopara 14, Buttler 8)

    Ah, you don't see this very often. England have run three, but Sri Lanka have asked for a review. Bopara was the subject of an lbw appeal off Mendis, and, when no decision came, England ran. On the completion of the runs, Angelo Mathews made the signal, but I think the umpires have told them it took too long. Sri Lanka are quite angry about this and I think they have every right. Surely you can't ask for the review while the batsmen are running?

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    Sean Blessitt: Do England think they've also got all the overs they didn't use last time?

  72. 31 overs: 
    Eng 125-5 (target 301)

    Can you believe this? England have hit a boundary! The crowd are on their feet, whooping and cheering. Ravi Bopara is the magic man, reverse-sweeping Senanayake. The first time the ball has crossed the rope since the ninth over. What a moment in this great game. I dare say that Lord's hasn't seen scenes like this year in many a year.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are crawling along; They have come to a full stop. Even simple things like the running between the wickets, they're just jogging."

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  74. 30 overs: 
    Eng 118-5 (183 needed from 120 balls)

    Jos Buttler is the latest man into the silent procession that is the England innings. So one-sided is this match, you feel that everyone involved is going through the motions. The batsmen have showed no urgency, Sri Lanka are scuttling through pressure-free overs, and the crowd may have to be reminded that a match is being played in front of them. More than nine an over required.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Good work again by Sangakkara. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the people here pack their bags and try to beat the traffic. It'll be all to play for at Edgbaston now."

  76. 28.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan st Sangakkara b Senanayake 12 (Eng 111-5)

    Words fail me. How do you get stumped sweeping? Can you even call that a sweep? It was more of a cross-bat mow. Shimmy from Eoin Morgan, seen by the adjusting Sachithra Senanayake. Slightly shorter, missed by the Dubliner, Kumar Sangakkara does the rest. Sri Lanka so comfortable, they barely celebrated.


    Eoin Morgan
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    Felix Keith: Stinker of an innings from Root. Really lacks the ability to hit boundaries... looks out of his depth. Really unimpressed

  78. 28 overs: 
    Eng 109-4 (target 301)

    Alastair Cook has spent more time with his head in hands today than he did batting. Once more the skipper sunk chin to palm when Root fell. Ravi Bopara is the new man, so often asked to hit England out of trouble late on. Today he's got plenty of time, but already faces a rate pushing towards nines.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a poor dismissal. To suddenly get out, he wasted so many deliveries - 40s don't win you games. Root had to be the man remaining in the 45th, 46th over."

  80. 27.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Root c Mendis b Mathews 43 (Eng 107-4)

    Now, I'm loathe to criticise because Joe Root is an England batsmen and I'm not. However, you have to say this has been a strange knock. Yes, he was asked to rebuild when England were two for nothing, but he has allowed pressure to build and then fallen in a very soft manner. Short from the returning Angelo Mathews, a sloppy pull shot from Root, top-edged to Ajantha Mendis at fine leg. Poor.


    Angelo Mathews
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "At the moment the game is drifting. They need 25 off the next three overs if they're going to get back into the game."

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  82. 27 overs: 
    Eng 106-3 (need 195 from 23)

    Eoin Morgan is trying to make something happen, swiping and shuffling at the mysterious Senanayake. An attempted cut is bottom-edged off the knee of wicketkeeper Sangakkara, but it's tough to call that a chance. Pressure visibly building on the England batsmen, rate climbing all the time.

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    Richie Macca: Time for Eoin Morgan to put up a big innings. All too often he is found wanting. Is this man really the heart of our batting?

  84. 26 overs: 
    Eng 104-3 (Root 42, Morgan 7)

    Still Mendis, still Joe Root going through his torturous vigil. The Yorkshireman takes up four balls to collect a single, whereas Morgan needs only one. Three from it in the end. I'll say it again - we've had no boundary since the ninth over.

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    Tim Hammersley: We have had Neil Fairbrother and Wasim Akram turn out for our over 40s at Grappenhall CC. Safe to say we won those few games rather comfortably.

  86. 25 overs: 
    Eng 101-3 (target 301)

    With key man Eoin Morgan at the crease, Sri Lanka immediately turn to the gum-chewing mystery off-breaks of Sachithra Senanayake. Morgan isn't picking the right-armer and is rapped on the pads. Appeal, nothing, then a cut for a couple. Required-rate at exactly eight.

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    Andrew Flintoff: Loving my day. 11 overs and great fun.

  88. 24 overs: 
    Eng 98-3 (target 301)

    New man Eoin Morgan will not be content to tick it around, the Dubliner will want boundaries. Straight away he's down to sweep, not once but twice, the second of which has keeper Sangakkara interested again.

    Eoin Morgan
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a fine catch. You have to give the keeper full credit - Sangakkara stood his ground and did well. I have no problem with Ballance attempting the shot, he just got the execution wrong."

  90. 23.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Ballance c Sangakkara b Mendis 42 (Eng 94-3)

    Something had to give and you always suspected it would be an England wicket. Gary Ballance, subdued for so long, looks for the reverse sweep off Ajantha Mendis and can only get a full-face contact through to wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara, who takes a very good catch. On balance (excuse the pun), a wicket may actually get England moving.


    Ajantha Mendis
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    Matt Davies: Please let something happen. A boundary at least. England just have no impetus to take the game to Sri Lanka

  92. 23 overs: 
    Eng 93-2 (partnership 83)

    You know it's been a slow passage of play when the crowd gets excited about a potential three. Little reverse sweep from Root off Priyanjan, the previously dozing onlookers awoken to see England score something other than a single. Will they run three? No, settle for two. Another good over for Sri Lanka, only five from it.

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    Jeremy Martin: The big, amiable Joel Garner played for Glastonbury in the early nineties. Amazing to see such a player on a village pitch!

    Joel Garner
  94. 22 overs: 
    Eng 88-2 (Ballance 41, Root 34)

    Whether you agree with the Ballance/Root approach or not, you have to say they are showing good restraint. If they really believe this is the way to go, they are being quite unflappable in the face of a required-rate that is now nearer eight than seven. No boundary in 13 overs.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are playing OK - they are probably one run per over behind where they want to be."

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  96. 21 overs: 
    Eng 85-2 (target 301)

    I'm running out of ways to describe these overs. Spin of Priyanjan, five taken. In other news, the siren of an ambulance can be heard over the crowd.

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    Scott Lennon: Ballance and Root have done well to rebuild this. There's a platform for Morgan, Buttler, Jordan to come in and smash it.

    Marc Horton: Someone tell Root and Balalnce we're chasing 301 and not 201.

  98. 20 overs: 
    Eng 80-2 (req-rate 7.36)

    With this passage of play, we won't know if Root and Ballance are doing the right thing until the end of the match. If England win, they have rebuilt sensibly. If they lose, then they have left the rest too much to do. Root almost undone by a Mendis offie, four from it. Lord's has entered some sort of nap time.

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    Thomas Brotherhood: In my days as a junior keeper at Modershall CC in Staffordshire, I had a couple of years chasing after Imran Tahir's variations. Funnily, he never mentioned his South African roots...

  100. 19 overs: 
    Eng 76-2 (Ballance 36, Root 27)

    Sri Lanka introduce a third spinner, Ashan Priyanjan. He's uncoiling some orthodox off-breaks from around the wicket to both right-hander Root and leftie Ballance. It's almost a carbon copy of the Mendis over. Same field, same approach from the batsmen. Five singles. We have not had a boundary in 10 overs.

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    Jordan Woolley: Hales is a must in this form of the game, least he knows how to find the boundary, Cook just looks lost opening the innings in one-day cricket.

    Mark Gascoyne-Davies: With Cook showing no form whatsoever, why don't we bring in Alex Hales to give a bit of momentum at the start of the innings?

  102. 18 overs: 
    Eng 71-2 (target 301)

    Now then, Sri Lanka look to tighten the vice still further. On comes Ajantha Mendis to flick out his fizzers, spitters and zooters. A slip, five other men in the ring, but not a shot in anger from the young Yorkshire tyros. The hum quietens still further. In fact, is that member under the panama hat asleep? Someone give him a nudge.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need a few more boundaries - only four scored in these 66 runs. England seem to get bogged down. It's a bit of the same old, same old."

  104. 17 overs: 
    Eng 66-2 (req-rate 7.12)

    Senanayake whirling a very sedate set after the break. The gloom gets gloomier, the inner ring tighter as Ballance swipes hard in attempt to get through. Four from it. For how long will England be happy with this? How many would be too many in the final 10 overs?

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    Michelle Garland: Can we introduce an equivalent to the swear box fine everytime someone mentions KP? Oh!

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's good at this, Joe Root. When he comes into the one-day team he's criticised. I think he does well - pushing the ball around."

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  107. 16 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 62-2

    A problem England have is that, of the Sri Lanka attack, Mathews is perhaps the weakest link. However, with the current match state, they can't really afford to get after him because further losses could prove terminal. He's currently bowling the dog overs. Root and Ballance continue to work it around, keeping the scoreboard moving, the required rate hovering about seven. Drinks.


    Gary Ballance
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    Nigel Buck: Re. 10 overs. Salman, did you actually see any of KP's cricket in the IPL? His team finished bottom and his top score was 48. No justification for recalling him.

  109. 15 overs: 
    Eng 58-2 (target 301)

    Senanayake still chucking it down (figuratively, not literally) as England still hunt for what would only be a fifth boundary of the innings. The buzz of anticipation inside Lord's has subsided somewhat. The wicket threat has regressed, but runs are not flowing either. Still, this pair are nudging towards a 50 partnership.

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    Russell in Birmingham: At the moment, we don't really know how to play the shorter form of the game. It's really alarming considering we have a five-match ODI series against India this summer and the World Cup in eight months. Something really drastic needs to be done so we can at least compete in those two competitions.

  111. 14 overs: 
    Eng 52-2 (target 301)

    Dear oh dear, England have got away with one here. Joe Root runs, Gary Ballance doesn't and both men are at the same end. Throw comes in, both men are out of the striker's crease, but it flashes by, allowing Ballance to sprint up the other end. These chaps used to be flat-mates, you know. There's a little row, maybe along the lines of "and you never took the bin out", but now all seems to be well.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "[Re Senanayake's bowling action] There has to be technology out there where you can judge someone's bowling actions in match conditions. If you have been reported and gone to Australia to the lab [to check the action] then the camera should always be on you."

  113. 13 overs: 
    Eng 49-2 (Ballance 20, Root 16)

    Senanayake around the wicket to right-hander Root, drifting the ball in the air. Root is always looking leggy, milking the singles on offer, but boundaries not forthcoming. Senanayake, wrap-around shades, volumised dark hair, is attracting chat about his action. Let's just say that the ball is delivered with something of a wrist-flick.

    Joe Root
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match SpecialAndrew Flintoff comeback

    "It's a very brave decision he has made. He's obviously missed the game, the dressing room camaraderie, the adrenalin rushes you get at the highest level. He's out himself very much back in the spotlight. Can he replicate what he did in an England shirt? I have my doubts."

  115. 12 overs: 
    Eng 43-2 (target 301)

    This talk of Andrew Flintoff has got me wondering about stars playing club cricket. Cricket is unique in that regard. You'd never see David Beckham turning out for Dog and Duck FC would you? Have you ever had a brush with a star in amateur cricket? Are you actually watching a big name on the village green this Saturday afternoon? Mathews again, scampering the only way England are keeping the board moving.

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    Henry Duck: Let's hope Flintoff's return to form is quicker and better than expected, could do with him in this depressingly ordinary looking England squad!

  117. 11 overs: 
    Eng 37-2 (Ballance 14, Root 10)

    Indeed it will be spin, in the shape of Sachithra Senanayake's allsorts. My word, how has that missed Gary Ballance's off stump? Prod forward, turn, misses by a coat of varnish. England's required rate is nudging up to seven an over. How will they manage that against this attack?

    Gary Ballance
  118. 15:43: 
    Andrew Flintoff comeback

    News of the Comeback Kid: Flintoff now has three wickets for St Annes against Penrith in his first game (admittedly a club match) since coming out of retirement.

  119. 10 overs: 
    Eng 34-2 (target 301)

    Mercifully for the England batsmen, Lasith Malinga is withdrawn, replaced by lumbering medium pace of captain Angelo Mathews. Little nipper down the slope, appeal for leg before against Ballance, but that's high and leggy. That's the end of the powerplay, England have managed only 34 runs in the first 10. Expect spin soon.


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    Salman Ansari: Root struggling to read length; Ballance nowhere a flowing batsman. Is this the answer selectors have after throwing out KP?

  121. 9 overs: 
    Eng 34-2 (target 301)

    Joe Root's attempt at getting on the front foot is to simply run down the pitch. Kumar Sangakkara decides to stand up and shows considerable skill to put a helmet on without removing his keeping gloves. Let me tell you, that is tough. Root finally shows some fluency with a front-foot cut through point for four.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant from Malinga. He's been bowling with tremendous skill. Those yorkers - get your feet out of the way!"

  123. 8 overs: 
    Eng 28-2 (target 301)

    Calm down, Shemilt. As I berate Gary Ballance for losing his leg stump to an awful slog, the man to my left points out that it was actually a free hit. Pay attention at the back. Malinga is going through his repertoire, slower balls, but Ballance is on to the wide half-volley, hammering four through point.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Cookie looked quite an angry captain. You have to have this amazing ability when you are frustrated in the field to then have 30 minutes to clear your head. You almost have to visualise yourself putting your batting cap on."

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  125. 7 overs: 
    Eng 21-2 (req-rate 6.51)

    Lord's hums its slow chatter, engrossed in cricket where every ball is an event. Isn't it amazing how cricket becomes all the more enthralling when the ball is on top of the bat. Root is all over the place, charging at Kulasekara only to late cut. Ballance looks more comfortable, standing still and cutting. England, though, are really going nowhere.

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    Giles Bendit in Bristol: You can see the lack of confidence when dealing with any sort of pressure throughout this team, which is a residual effect of the awful winter. They can knock off 67 runs without much fuss but 300 means pressure and inevitable collapse.

  127. 6 overs: 
    Eng 17-2 (target 301)

    For goodness sake, Joe Root. Get. On. The. Front. Foot. Admittedly, it's easier said than done when Sideshow Bob is slinging it underarm at 90mph, but hanging on the back foot will make you toast. That's better, even a little shimmy down the track, before a thick edge brings a single. Still, that bat isn't coming down straight, almost in an in-to-out arc.

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    Dave Emerton: I seriously doubt a score over 100 again today, no consistency from England lately!

    Alastair Cook
  129. 5 overs: 
    Eng 16-2 (target 301)

    Kulasekara still wobbles it about to give Ballance plenty to think about, while Root almost gets himself in trouble in being sent back for a single. A direct hit would have had him. Finally some good news for the men in sky blue, Ballance driving straight for four.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The Sri Lankans got up straight away. Snicko picked up the noise of bat brushing pad. That was good use of the review system."

  131. 4.1 overs: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 10-2

    Gary Ballance is reprieved. Whereas once the umpire had his finger raised, he must now cross his arms to correct his mistake. Crucial moment, or simply a stay of execution?

  132. 4.1 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Eng 10-2

    Hang on. No Hot Spot. Snicko noise is too early. Maybe I sent Gary Ballance on his way too early there.

  133. 4.1 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Eng 10-2

    Surely not again? Kulasekara is certain he's got Ballance caught behind. The review is more out of hope than expectation...

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    Ade: This is where constant resting of players in ODIs get you. You can't mess about for 3 years and start caring when you get within World Cup year.

    Martyn in Essex: It's all about the captaincy of the side. England don't have a captain. Cook is not a leader or innovator. He reacts after the event. The team are clueless without leadership . We are rudderless. Sack Cook.

  135. 4 overs: 
    Eng 10-2 (target 301)

    Joe Root the next man in to the firing line. Naturally a back-foot player, he must find a way to get forward to combat this Malinga rampage. Three slips wait for the outswinger, Root jumping forward to leave then hanging back and almost coming a cropper. Very hard to see how England win from here.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bell opened the face - it was a thick outside edge and Jayawardene took the catch. It's the worst possible start. Two players that can score match-winning hundreds are back in the dressing room."

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  137. 3.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c Jayawardene b Malinga 7 (Eng 10-2)

    And another! How do you play Lasith Malinga when he's bowling this well? Well, you could start by not wafting your bat outside off stump. Full and quick to Ian Bell, shaping away and taking the edge of a limp blade. Mahela Jaywardene does the rest at first slip. England in all sorts of trouble.


    Lasith Malinga
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's going to take a special innings from someone. Someone will have to get 100 like Sangakkara did and who will play the Dilshan innings?"

  139. 3 overs: 
    Eng 7-1 (target 301)

    Kulasekara is moving it in the air, this way and that, so Ian Bell is batting a long way out of his crease. The silky right-hander pounces on a half-volley, easing it through the covers for four. Next ball, he's beaten. Good contest. In three overs, we can see that England's biggest challenge in this chase is dealing with a threatening, wicket-taking attack.

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    Louis McMahon: Losing Alastair Cook this early when chasing 300+ is never a bad thing......Now England can attack the target & be positive.

  141. 2 overs: 
    Eng 3-1 (target 3-1)

    Gary Ballance, come to face the music. My advice? Watch for the pad-seeking in-ducker. Malinga is charging in, slinging it down at real pace. Ballance, the baby-faced Yorkshireman/Zimbabwean, hops about to keep it out.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a really good review. We had the window open in the commentary box - it sounded like bat first. An excellent decision from Sri Lanka."

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  143. 1.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook lbw Malinga 1 (Eng 3-1)

    Gone! Lasith Malinga strikes with his first ball. It just looked out, coming back to take middle and off. Maybe umpire Marais Erasmus thought the skipper got outside the line, maybe he thought it was bat first. Neither was correct. When the decision came, Cook threw his head back in disappointment. England's mountain gets a little higher.


    Lasith Malinga
  144. 1.1 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Eng 3-0

    My word, this is close. Lasith Malinga to Alastair Cook. Hooping back in. Has he got outside the line? Malinga convinces Angelo Mathews to have another look.

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    Dan Nixon: This run chase all depends on Bell & Cook getting a good platform for Morgan, Bopara & Buttler to finish.

  146. 1 over: 
    Eng 3-0 (target 301)

    Kulasekara, his wobblers often underestimated, might like to see the little cloud that has rolled in over Lord's. The crowd murmurs its post-lunch hum as two slips wait for Cook. The skipper shuffles, three singles taken, England 1% of the way there.

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    Vinny Person: Who knows what'll happen in this series? It'll be dramatic either way. I'll go for a hundred run Sri Lanka win.

  148. 14:52: 

    Right then, interval over, time for the serious business to resume. England need 301 to win this series. If they fail, Sri we'll have a decider at Edgbaston. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell are in the middle, Nuwan Kulasekara has the ball. Play.

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    Gordon: When on earth will one-day captains ever understand that winning the toss and fielding on a good wicket simply allows the opposition to put you out of the match. Yet, if you bat first and make any average to good score you're always in the game. Strategy simply doesn't add up.

  150. 14:49: 
    Andrew Flintoff comeback

    Reporter Paul Edwards on Flintoff's return for St Annes against Penrith: "He's looking pretty fit. He has bowled six overs, three maidens, and taken 1-6. I wouldn't say he's charging in as he was in his pomp, but he's bowling at a decent lick."

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    Chris: Eddie Hemmings & his twirly moustache have to be in there surely? #portlyXI

    Eddie Hemmings
  152. 14:42: 
    Andrew Flintoff comeback

    As Flintoff prepares to return to professional cricket with Lancashire in the T20 Blast against Yorkshire on Friday, BBC News asks, 'How good are athletes' reactions after five years out of the game?'

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special of Andrew Flintoff's comeback in the T20 Blast

    "I told him he's crackers. I think he's mad. It's great for the competition but I don't think he'll get in the team because they are in such good form. He has to play games. The body can get through training, but the twisting and turning and running between wickets [that's another thing].

    "He's been out of the game for five years. He can produce the skill level but it's whether his body can handle it. What Lancashire have to do is forget the brand of Flintoff. Is he playing better than one of the other players they could select?"

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  154. 14:33: 
    Andrew Flintoff comeback

    Far away from Lord's, Andrew Flintoff is making his comeback in club cricket for former club St Annes - and he has taken a wicket too. We can't promise live coverage of their Northern League game against Penrith, but we'll keep you posted on any more news.

    Andrew Flintoff
  156. 14:26: 

    I'm not sure, Scott. It's a good deck and the ball hasn't done much, but can we really be confident that England will chase these?

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    Scott Lennon: If Buttler, Morgan, Bell, Ballance, Jordan, Bopara get themselves in, England are capable of 300 today on this pitch.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm looking at the England captain shaking his head - he doesn't look like a happy chappy. He knows this is a mammoth total. He's going to have to clear his head, put his pads on and set the tone. They will have to come out of the blocks and get a start. It was a beautiful innings from Sangakkara. He gave himself a chance and time - he only got nine off the first 27 balls. Dilshan did well too - he played a more controlled innings, unlike how he would have played three or four years ago."

  159. 50 overs: 
    SL 300-9

    Ajantha Mendis! Down the track, thick edge, squirted for four to third man. Sri Lanka have posted 300-9 - not as many as they might have got at one stage, but still a huge chase for England. If the hosts are to win this series today, it will take something extraordinary.


  160. 49.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Senanayake c Cook b Gurney 12 (SL 296-8)

    And another. As club bowlers will tell you, bad balls get wickets. Yet another full toss, this time with Senanayake chipping to Alastair Cook at mid-off. Lasith Malinga must stroll out for only one delivery.


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    Firas: I'm going for England to get a below 100 score. So little confidence...

  162. 49.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Priyanjan c Morgan b Gurney 9 (SL 292-8)

    Single, heave for two, then a wide from the, erm, gurning, Gurney. When the left-armer serves up an off-stump full toss, Priyanjan looks to give it the beans, but only finds Eoin Morgan running back from point. Three balls to go.

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    Derek Norman: Please, can we have a captain with a brain?

  164. 49 overs: 
    SL 288-7

    Last set of what has been an eternal 50 overs. Harry Gurney to bowl it. Can England keep the target below 300?

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    Dave Lewis: More players for #portlyXI: David Boon, Merv Hughes and Inzamam ul Haq.

    David Boon
  166. 49 overs: 
    SL 288-7

    Oh, hello! Massive. Sachitra Sennayake, after a wide, crunches Chris Jordan for a monstrous straight six. Leaning back, a full swing of the bat, right into the members, almost disturbing that chap in the red and yellow blazer.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's saving his figures here Jordan - stealing a couple of wickets in his last over."

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  168. 48.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Kulasekara b Jordan 0 (SL 280-7)

    England are finishing well here. Chris Jordan softens up new man Nuwan Kulasekara with a short ball, then spears in a yorker to remove leg stump. Only one run has come from balls of the penultimate over so far.


    Chris Jordan and Nuwan Kulasekara
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "He tried to flat bat that - baseball style. Mathews fancied a piece of that but spliced it - a nice little catch for Jimmy Anderson."

  170. 48.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Mathews c Anderson b Jordan 30 (SL 279-6)

    Wickets are less of an event in the late-innings silly season, but they do at least slow the scoring. Angelo Mathews looking to hit Chris Jordan to a different suburb, only finding James Anderson at mid on. 11 balls to go.


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    Zed in Batley: Nobody has mentioned Inzaman-ul-Haq. He was involved in one or two run-outs.

  172. 48 overs: 
    SL 279-5 (Mathews 30, Priyanjan 6)

    Inexplicable change of tactics costs Gurney. Why has fine leg come up into the circle? Short ball pulled for four, then a full toss flicked in the same direction for another boundary. Very good from Mathews, leaving captain Cook with his head in his hands. Two to go.

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    Dogochizi: Darren Lehmann for me. Plus I wouldn't want to make him angry.

    Darren Lehmann
  174. 47.3 overs: 
    SL 270-5

    Harry Gurney it will be to bowl two of the final three. He's around the wicket to both the right-handers, with the leg-side field packed. His angle means the leg-side wide is a risk, and one duly follows, but aside from that the start of the over is full and tight.

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    Chris Mitchell: Third umpire in decent decision shock. Clearly carried - no idea why the batsman was shaking his head when he had the best view

  176. 47 overs: 
    SL 267-5 (Anderson 2-60 off 10)

    Ashan Priyanjan, a commentator's nightmare, is the next man in for the late slap and tickle. James Anderson, in his final over, is varying his length well as gloom once more covers Lord's. The Lancashire pacer exits the attack with figures of 2-60 from his 10 overs.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ballance got down and it seemed like a good catch, then he lifted his arms and seemingly suggested he wasn't sure."

  178. 46.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Thirimanne c Ballance b Anderson 16 (SL 261-5)

    Gone. James Anderson accounts for Lahiru Thirimanne once more, the third umpire confirming that Gary Ballance completed some good work by diving forward to grasp the ball millimetres above the green. Taking wickets is the best way to slow the scoring.


  179. 46.2 overs: 
    Third Umpire- SL 261-4

    It looks clean, but so often with these you see the batsman get the benefit of the doubt...

  180. 46.2 overs: 
    Third Umpire- SL 261-4

    Anderson is fit enough to bowl his final over, with two from Gurney and one from Jordan set to take us home. Has he got a wicket? Slow bumper hooked by Thirimanne, straight at Gary Ballance at short fine leg. Even the fielder looks confused, so we need another look...

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    Alun Davies: If Chris Jordan is a Test cricketer at this stage, then Ian Salisbury could have been Abdul Qadir. Too much hype about a few one-day games.

    Chris Jordan
  182. 46 overs: 
    SL 260-4 (Mathews 18, Thirimanne 16)

    James Anderson is off the field, sitting on what looks like a park bench having treatment to that finger. He watches on as Thirimanne leans back to loft Chris Jordan over cover into vacant grass for four. When the left-hander shows he can also hit over the leg side, sub fielder Chris Woakes chases back from mid on to prevent the boundary.

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    Frank LeVulgar: Surely Sanjayan Thuraisingam the Canadian bowler has to be considered for inclusion in the Portly XI.

    Sanjayan Thuraisingam
  184. 45 overs: 
    SL 249-4

    Anderson, a white T-shirt under his sky blue pyjamas, is straining for a full length, often resulting in stray full tosses. Still, he comes through the remainder of the over unscathed. Question: if the non-striker is out of his crease when the bowler accidentally disturbs the stumps, is he run out?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's going to hard for Flintoff to prove that he's worthy of a place. There's vast gulf between second XI cricket and Lancashire's first choice T20 team. It's a gamble on both parts. I was out of the game for two years then came back to play for Leicestershire in a one-day game - it was a totally different game in two years."

  186. 44.1 overs: 
    SL 245-4 (Mathews 13, Thirimanne 6)

    Lahiru Thirimanne has fallen seven times in eight matches against James Anderson in all forms before today. The left-hander has clearly had enough of this guff, leaning back to smash over mid off for four. When Anderson smashes the non-striker's stumps with his hand bowling the next ball, the umpire calls no-ball - the Steven Finn law. Anderson needs treatment, taking up yet more time.

    James Anderson
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    Nick: Sri Lanka have set a good platform for their finishers but England can see pull it back with good bowling.

    James Tredwell  and Jos Buttler
  188. 44 overs: 
    SL 240-4 (Jordan 0-47 off 8)

    Much better from Jordan, finally finding his range with the yorker. When he bangs the final ball in, Mathews flat-bats over the top, with James Anderson doing well to prevent the boundary. Six to go.

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    Philip Wiseman: Surely Jesse Ryder has to be in the portly XI, although I wouldn't tell him that.

    Jesse Ryder
  190. 43.3 overs: 
    SL 238-4

    Chris Jordan back with three in the bank. Angelo Mathews is skipping around in the crease, causing Jordan to lose his line with three very wide leg-side wides. Already six balls have been sent down in this over, but there's still three to go...

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    Richard in Sheffield: England will respond in their innings no problem. A T20-style innings from Hales will see us... oh... whoops.

  192. 43 overs: 
    SL 234-4 (Tredwell 1-39 off 10)

    The particulars of that Sangakkara knock are 112 runs from 104 balls, with 14 fours. His unsuccessful dive to get back to his ground was a rather undignified end to such a classy knock. Lahiru Thirmanne the new man, taking just a single from James Tredwell's final over to send the Kent spinner out of the attack with figures of 1-39. Very respectable.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was knock of class. There was good use of the feet and he picked his spots well. Always plays within himself you feel. You thought earlier it would be 340 for Sri Lanka - complete carnage - but England picked up wickets."

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  194. 42.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Sangakkara st Buttler b Tredwell 112 (SL 233-3)

    That's the big wicket England needed. Kumar Sangakkara charges at James Tredwell, who fires it a little shorter and faster, beating the batsman and giving Jos Buttler all the time in the world to remove the bails. A wonderful innings comes to an end, it really has been splendid strokeplay by the Sri Lanka left-hander. Lord's rises to acclaim him and maybe you should afford him a little round of applause too.


    Kumar Sangakkara
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "With eight overs to go - 300 is still a distinct possibility. England have bowled pretty well in recent overs and backed it up with good fielding."

  196. 42 overs: 
    SL 233-3 (run-rate 5.55)

    A failed plan means more thinking, more chatting, more time taken. Gurney to Sangakkara, leftie to leftie. Leg-side packed, so Sanga goes inside-out over extra cover. Two taken. 12 from the over, strap yourself in for the big push.

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  198. 41.3 overs: 
    SL 229-3 (Sangakkara 109, Mathews 10)

    Thanks, Justin, some some wonderful wicket-taking by you. You're right about England's over-rate too. They're supposed to be done by 14:00, which they seem to have no chance of completing. Bizarre from Harry Gurney. Around the wicket to Mathews, but with no off-side protection. Twice in three balls the Sri Lanka skipper goes over the covers.

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    Chris Hughes: Re: PortlyXI. My best mate who has been lovingly been known as 'fat Rob' for 20 years. Bowls off-spin from a highly suspicious angle but no-one has ever challenged him because a) he's massive and very scary b) the excess chubbiness around the elbow makes it impossible to tell

  200. 41 overs: 
    SL 221-3 (Sangakkara 109, Mathews 2)

    England have hardly raced through their overs today (41 in almost three hours), which might explain why part-time off-spinner Joe Root returns to the attack. He'll be happy to limit Sri Lanka to four off the over. With that, I'll hand you back to Stephan Shemilt.

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    Roger Bird: Opening the Portly XI must be Mr Gatting.

    Mike Gatting
  202. 40 overs: 
    SL 217-3 (run-rate 5.42)

    The arrival of Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews might cause England counterpart a few headaches - he's no mean striker of the ball. Gurney keeps him in check, though, and almost has Mathews playing on to the last ball. Gurney has 2-19 off seven overs. That five-over powerplay brought two wickets and only 24 runs. England fighting back?

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jayawardene hasn't really got going. He hasn't quite found his form in this early part of the tour."

  204. 39.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene c Anderson Gurney 7 (SL 217-3)

    Jayawardene fails to get enough elevation on a drive and can find only Anderson at mid-off. He never looked like finding any rhythm in that 14-ball knock.

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    Mark: Got to include Mark Greatbatch (the clue was in the name) for some middle order muscle, and Eddie Hemmings as the spinner.

    Mark Greatbatch
  206. 39 overs: 
    SL 212-2 (Sangakkara 102, Jayawardene 7)

    There was barely a bead of sweat on Sangakkara's brow as he acknowledged his hundred. He has hardly broken stride all day. And don't forget he didn't score off his first 12 balls.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant batting - he's a world-class talent. We talk about his Test batting, but his 50 overs stats are as impressive. This is as good a innings as you will see all summer."

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  208. 38.1 overs: 
    100 for Kumar Sangakkara- SL 204-2

    Kumar Sangakkara goes to one of the coolest, calmest, most elegant hundreds you will see in the one-day arena. A two off his legs off Jordan takes him to three figures, an innings spanning 95 balls and containing 13 fours. That's his 19th ODI century. Wowzers.

    Kumar Sangakkara
  209. 38 overs: 
    SL 202-2

    Gurney, England's most economical bowler today, gets another go from the Nursery End. He beats Jayawardene's edge as the former Sri Lanka captain makes room to cut, then sees a flat-footed drive fall just short of Eoin Morgan, diving forward at point. Close enough for a few fans to think that was a wicket.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England would take 320 now. Sri Lanka have got the likes of Angelo Mathews and others to come. The two at the crease are such class players - they probably won't feel they need to play such brutal shots and might just settle for 30 in this powerplay."

  211. 37 overs: 
    SL 201-2 (Sangakkara 97, Jayawardene 2)

    Chris Jordan, so impressive this series, is tossed the ball by his skipper as England sniff a chance. It's a tidy first over back, but Sri Lanka tootle past 200 nonetheless. I suspect you won't find many players who'd rather be in England's shoes right now...

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    Paddy Emerson; Bopara, Root, hardly bowlers or in fact batsmen that are going going to fill the Sri Lankans with dread. Boring boring England.

    Simon Turner: Not normally fussed about ODIs, just dip in & out. Enjoying this one mainly due to no silly music between overs/wkts/4s

  213. 36 overs: 
    SL 199-2

    The partnership between Dilshan and Sangakkara was worth 172 in 30 overs. England's reward? Mahela Jayawardene, scorer of 11,561 ODI runs, comes to the crease. What a treat.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's perfect - at the start of the batting powerplay. Dilshan had played the Dilscoop a couple of times earlier in his innings. Dilshan's been in good form. Sri Lanka have still got some really good strikers to come."

    Tillakaratne Dilshan

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  215. 35.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Dilshan b Anderson 71 (SL 198-2)

    Finally England have the breakthrough. The enforced batting powerplay prompts Tillakaratne Dilshan to club James Anderson wide of mid-on, but he is cleaned up - via his pad - as he is misses an attempted Dilscoop off the next delivery.

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    Will L: Let's be honest, before Liz Hurley got her hands on him, Warney was a strong candidate for the #PortlyXI too

    Shane Warne
  217. 35 overs: 
    SL 193-1 (Root 0-36 from five overs)

    Dilshan gets to test his ankle/knee/both out as he and Sangakkara trade singles, before the left-hander again finds the gap between long-on and deep mid-wicket with another perfectly placed, lofted clip off his pads. Root decidedly innocuous. Nine from the over. Sangakkara is five away from a century and Dilshan has 67.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "You just can't legislate for some injuries - and that, you can't legislate for."

    Tillakaratne Dilshan and Joe Root
  219. 34.1 overs: 
    OUCH!- SL 184-1

    I take that back. England decide injuring the opposition is the way to go. Sangakkara drives Root straight, and as the bowler tries to field the ball, Dilshan falls awkwardly over Root's leg. He has twisted his knee/ankle/both, and the physio is called into action.

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    Rob: Got to be Mark Cosgrove #portlyXI.

    Mark Cosgrove
  221. 34 overs: 
    SL 184-1 (Anderson 0-38)

    Oooh, what's that I just spotted in the distance...? It's the lesser-spotted play-and-miss from Dilshan, who is beaten by one from Anderson that nips away off the seam. A rare moment of alarm for the tourists, but a moral victory is the closes England come to a wicket.

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    Tom Holmes: It would be fair to say that Sri Lanka are looking at 350 here and I can't see England chasing anything above 300...

  223. 33 overs: 
    SL 182-1 (Dilshan 65, Sangakkara 86)

    Dilshan, dancing down to Tredwell, collects a brace of singles. The off-spinner has figures of 0-38 from eight overs and looks likely to bowl out here.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think you're looking at 340 for Sri Lanka. If you win the toss and bowl then you're looking to get two or three early wickets to put them on the back foot."

  225. 32 overs: 
    SL 179-1

    Without a wicket to celebrate since the sixth over, Cook is persuaded to turn back to his premier bowler, James Anderson. His first five overs cost 30, and this one yields six runs - all in singles. Dilshan and Sangakkara looking supremely comfortable.

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    Andrew: This is a superb response from Sri Lanka. But you have to question Captain Cook's decision to bowl first on this pitch. Yet another error from the England captain, how many more of these mistakes will he be allowed to make?

  227. 31 overs: 
    SL 173-1 (Dilshan 60, Sangakkara 82)

    Thanks Stephan. If you were hoping for a change of fortunes for England with a change of commentator, I can only apologise. Tredwell continues, round the wicket to Sangakkara, who whips him disdainfully over wide mid-on with the minimum of effort.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England were to get a wicket now, then you have a fresh batsman - if there was that 'mystery' bowler then he would be able to get at him. But the way this is going Sri Lanka will just continue to tick along."

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  229. 30 overs: 
    SL 167-1 (run-rate 5.77)

    A penny for the thoughts of Alastair Cook, who has asked the opposition to bat and is seeing them smash the white leather all around Lord's. What he'd give for a wicket. Bopara trundles in, looking about as threatening as Bambi after a couple of whiskeys. A leg-side wide, a nightmare for keeper Jos Buttler, runs for four, with Sangakkara then dancing and biffing over the top for four more. England need something to change, and so do we. Here's Justin Goulding.

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    Don in Manchester: I can't see past Ian Austin for the bowling attack in this portly XI. The former Lancashire man deserves a spot for his supreme waistline!

    Ian Austin
  231. 29 overs: 
    SL 155-1 (Dilshan 57, Sangakkara 72)

    Even the most one-eyed England fan has to appreciate the sight of Kumar Sangakkara in full flow on a glorious day at Lord's. The latest addition to his exhibition of strokeplay is to dance and loft Tredwell over mid on for four. In moving to 72 from 72 balls, he registers his highest score in any form of the game at Lord's.

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    Jack Mendel: Freddie Flintoff back in the day.

    Andrew Flintoff
  233. 28 overs: 
    SL 147-1 (Bopara 0-24 from 3)

    Chris Jordan has to be withdrawn, keeping five overs in the tank, replaced by shuffling Ravi Bopara, who has keeper Jos Buttler standing up to the stumps. Buttler must fear for his life when Dilshan fails with an attempt at the scoop then, when the strike is rotated, a rare false shot from Sangakkara results in four through the vacant slips.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I remember in one-day cricket, when the pitch was good and the players were set, it was all about bowling to your field. It was also about applying pressure - try to make them do something and move the field around a bit. It's difficult when you're a spinner though."

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  235. 27 overs: 
    SL 141-1 (Dilshan 54, Sangakkara 61)

    The twirling Tredwell pivots over his front foot, putting revolutions on the ball in the hunt for some tweak. Still he varies his pace, keeping the batsmen moving forwards and back, with only single on offer. Four from it. Tredwell has conceded only one boundary and is going at a very respectable 3.50 an over.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Chris Jordan is a good all-round cricketer. I believe he should be England's number eight in the Test side."

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  237. 26 overs: 
    SL 137-1 (partnership 111)

    In that hunt for a wicket to which Phil Tufnell refers, Alastair Cook decides a catcher is needed, posting a slip for Chris Jordan. The fielders in the ring, five of them, edge a little closer to stop the avalanche of singles. Still Dilshan takes on the skipper at mid on, diving to get home in order to beat the direct hit. Only three from it, but no sniff of a breakthrough.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka are going about their business nicely. England have to get a wicket soon or they'll be looking at a big score."

  239. 25 overs: 
    SL 134-1 (Tredwell 0-17 off 5)

    The change in conditions at HQ is remarkable. Where Lord's was previously shrouded in gloom, now the home of cricket is bathed in the warm stuff. Not warm enough for the members to remove their jackets, mind. James Tredwell continues to be the only bowler with any idea of holding back the Sri Lanka tide, again conceding only three from the over.

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    John, somewhere off Shetland: Colin Milburn would have to open for the Portly XI.

    Colin Milburn
  241. 24 overs: 
    SL 131-1 (Dilshan 50, Sangakkara 55)

    In the rush to document those personal landmarks, I may have rather skated over the fact that Kumar Sangakkara has 86 ODI half-centuries. 86! He's been simply wonderful today, after a slow start he has peppered the off-side fence, now taking Jordan on the cut for four more. England brought Jordan back in the hunt for a wicket, but the threat was negligible.

  242. 23.2 overs: 
    Fifty for Tillakaratne Dilshan

    And now it's Tillakaratne Dilshan's turn, pinching a single to move to a less fluent half-century, in 72 balls. It's a 36th in ODIs for the opener.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sangakkara's a great fighter. He hasn't looked at his best, but come to Lord's, big occasion..."

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  244. 23.1 overs: 
    Fifty for Kumar Sangakkara

    It's a sign of a good player when he moves to 50 without you really noticing. Only 53 balls for Kumar Sangakkara, brining up an 86th ODI fifty by flicking the returning Chris Jordan to deep square leg.

    Kumar Sangakkara
  245. 23 overs: 
    SL 123-1 (Dilshan 49, Sangakkara 49)

    All of a sudden, the sun is beating down from a cloudless sky. Sri Lanka have negotiated the period when the conditions were helpful to the pacers and can now cash in. James Tredwell has been tidy enough, varying his pace and flight, keeping Sri Lanka down to only three singles from the set. What England really need, though, is a wicket.

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    Alex Campbell: Ramesh Powar surely has to make appearance in the #PortlyXI.

    Ramesh Powar
  247. 22 overs: 
    SL 120-1 (42 from last 5 overs)

    It really is all Sri Lanka at the moment. England's problem is that, without going to the likes of Anderson and Jordan, they do not have the bowlers to either take wickets or restrict the scoring in the middle overs. As the sun makes it's first appearance since the coin was tossed, Kumar Sangakkara flicks Ravi Bopara to the mid-wicket fence with disdain. Dilshan follows that with a straight drive to the fence to make it 11 from the over.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is some high-quality batting out there. There are not too many better than Kumar Sangakkara; he's doing it everywhere in the world. I always felt he played he used to play the ball too far in front of him. He plays the ball later now - the later the better."

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  249. 21 overs: 
    SL 109-1 (Sangakkara 41 from 46)

    Still Tredwell, with the usually dashing Dilshan happy to give the strike to the flowing Sangakkara. The left-hander is toying with England here, twice working the ball past the dive of point to take a pair of twos. England have got two problems here. 1. How do they stop him scoring? 2. How do they get him out?

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    Matthew Moran: Why does Cook persist with the negative tactics? Taking out the slips early and bowling your part-timer spinner. Very amateur.

    Alastair Cook
  251. 20 overs: 
    SL 103-1

    Ravi Bopara on to whirl his medium-pacers down. With England in desperate need of a breakthrough, is Ravi really the man? He'll probably prove me wrong by taking five now. Kumar Sangakkara looks pleased to see Bopara, leaning in to a dreamy cover drive that rattles the boards before the fielders can move. It's beginning to look like a Sangakkara masterclass.


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    Nick Eve: Surely Arjuna Ranatunga is a given for a Portly XI? Ian Healy's sledge: "Put a Mars Bar on a good length..."

    Arjuna Ranatunga
  253. 19 overs: 
    SL 96-1 (run-rate 5.05)

    James Tredwell to continue after drinks, England keeping the slip in for Kumar Sangakkara, despite his treatment of Joe Root in the previous over. Tredwell has the ball on a string, slow, loopy, keeping the left-hander moving towards the ball without any joy. Sanga, though, has the last laugh, dancing and easing through mid on, past the dive of Gary Ballance. A boundary brings a gurn to the face of Tredwell, making him look like Uncle Fester.

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    Jack Mendel: Sangakkara is art

  255. 18 overs: 
    SL 92-1 (Sangakkara 27 from 33)

    Joe Root switches to give us spin from both ends. Sangakkara has had enough of this tika-taka nonsense, bullocking down the track to hammer an umpire-hunter straight down the ground for four. If that was a low bullet, the next delivery is a Phil Mickelson wedge, chipped over mid-on for four more. The third boundary is the best of the lot, a cover drive along the carpet to take us to drinks.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara
  256. 17 overs: 
    SL 78-1 (Dilshan 39, Sangakkara 14)

    Speaking of a Portly XI, James Tredwell comes on for his first chuck of the day. In fairness to Tredwell, his roundish belly seems to be rapidly diminishing. He rolls out his off-breaks with plenty of air to Dilshan. Only one from the over, good start by the Kent man.

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    Ross Bentley: Looking forward to seeing Chris Jordan in the Test side. Has all the tools to succeed.

  258. 16 overs: 
    SL 77-1 (Jordan 0-18 from 3)

    Lots of love coming in on #bbccricket for the Dwayne Leverock catch, which leads the live text desk to discuss contenders for a Portly XI. We think we can do better than the obvious shouts of Gatting and Inzamam. Also, with this being a Saturday at Lord's, my thoughts turn to cricket teas. There must be so many clubs preparing the refreshments right now. Away from eating, Sangakkara notches the first boundary in seven overs, hooking Jordan fine.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Root told me he's been working on a new delivery - a carrom ball. He tried it in that over. It's not quite ready Joe."

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  260. 15 overs: 
    SL 68-1 (Dilshan 35, Sangakkara 8)

    The wicket is a straw rectangle on the baize-like square, which in turn is surrounded by the lushest outfield. Root is tidy, cramping Dilshan for room then teasing the dancing Sangakkara. Even a filthy pie of a full toss is relatively unpunished, heaved only for two.

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    Joe in Durham: I was extremely concerned where our bowling attack would be after the inevitable departure of James Anderson. The likes of Gurney and Jordan are easing my worries a great deal.

    Harry Gurney and James Tredwel
  262. 14 overs: 
    SL 63-1 (run-rate 4.50)

    Having said that, boundaries are a rare commodity. The two Dilscoops that crossed the rope in successive balls were back in the ninth over. Chris Jordan, bustling in, has sorted his line and is frustrating Sangakkara, who has a strike-rate down below 20. Something to give? Sanga charges, slicing it over the covers and taking two. Good cat and mouse.

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    Ollie Davies: Everyone's loving the Dwayne Leverock catch!

  264. 13 overs: 
    SL 57-1 (Dilshan 29, Sangakkara 4)

    The three overs since the powerplay ended have been as genteel as the kindly looking lady who carries four cups of tea back to her seat. Risk-free singles are on offer for the Sri Lankans, and they are happy to take them. Granted, Joe Root's over has only gone for three, but where is the wicket threat?

  266. 12 overs: 
    SL 54-1 (run-rate 4.50)

    Very warm applause as Chris Jordan, the skiddy bundle of energy who has me in mind of a young Malcolm Marshall, begins his work. Holding the ball out towards the batsman as he runs in, Jordan hasn't got it quite right just yet, going both sides of the wicket to both batsmen. Only singles from it, though.

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    Ollie Davies: Chris Jordan's catch still wasn't quite the best by a Caribbean bowler at slip. That will forever belong to Dwayne Leverock.

    Dwayne Leverock
  268. 11 overs: 
    SL 50-1 (Dilshan 25, Sangakkara 2)

    First change and some spin in the shape of Joe Root's part-timers. The baby-faced blond is of many England players sporting a quiff and he comes into the attack with the field spread. Boundaries covered, but singles available. Root around the wicket to both the right- and left-hander, who take what's on offer. Sangakkara finally off the mark.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is good from Gurney. He's restricting Sangakkara. He's found his length and he's getting the ball to nip back into the left-hander - he's not giving him any width."

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    Harry Gurney
  270. 10 overs: 
    SL 45-1 (Gurney 1-13 off 5)

    What did we say about highlight-reel cricket? Always something happening, even when there's nothing happening. Now, it's the battle between the nagging Gurney and the sage Sangakkara. The left-armer is keeping the left-hander on a blob - eight, nine, 10, 11 balls. A bouncer called wide is the only run from the over, Sanga stays on zip and the powerplay is done.


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    David Nicholls: Do England fielders seem to hit the stumps much less than other countries? You'd think that would be something they could fix?

  272. 9 overs: 
    SL 44-1 (Dilshan 23 from 33)

    England have applied the shackles to Dilshan. He's tried hitting Anderson through the covers, no joy. He tried working Gurney in the previous over, nothing. England split the field, Anderson looking to bowl straight. Dilshan twitches, under pressure, the dasher restrained. How to get moving again? Simple, get down on one knee and scoop one of the world's premier fast bowlers over the keeper's head for four. How do you follow that? Do it again. Once more? Missed. Anderson ticking, digs it in. Down the slope, taking the glove, looping over Jos Buttler. Eventful over: three Dilscoops, 10 runs and a chance.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
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    Chris: I was mostly a KP-supporter, but I'm not sure the ECB is helping anyone with this latest statement. 'Moving on' should mean exactly that; no more arguments, but no more PDAs either. If we keep talking about Kevin, his name is going to come up every time a number 3 or 4 batsman doesn't make a half century, and that isn't going to do the England side any favours at all.

  274. 8 overs: 
    SL 34-1 (Dilshan 13, Sangakkara 0)

    A morning's international cricket is always accompanied by the hum of the the crowd, but the Lord's murmur is of a different order. Orchestral, reverential. More classical than pop. Gurney, who perennially looks like a man who has bowled 25 overs up hill and in to the wind, troubles Dilshan with his lefty angle across the right-hander, down the slope. Only a leg bye from it.

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    Alexander Dickinson: Confidentiality agreements allow parties to move on. Pretty inept of Paul Downton and the ECB to breach at the first opportunity

  276. 7 overs: 
    SL 33-1 (Dilshan 13, Sangakkara 0)

    You know what, I reckon we're in for some fun today. It's highlight-reel stuff under the Lord's gloom, big shots and wickets. Tillakaratne Dilshan's latest caper is a savage hook for four off Anderson, followed by a very short single to mid on. Joe Root's limp throw is wide, and Dilshan is home.

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    Andrew Lawton: Has anyone seen a better catch by a fast bowler in the slips?

  278. 6 overs: 
    SL 26-1 (Gurney 1-12)

    Kumar Sangakkara, the first of Sri Lanka's middle-order statesmen, is in at number three. The left-hander, arm-guarded and sleeveless sweatered, is tested with an early bumper by Gurney, whose off-stump line earns him a wicket maiden.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's gone to Gurney trying to hit one just outside off stump. Dilshan tried a few whooshes in the previous over, this time it was Perera, who has gone thanks to Jordan's great catch."

  280. 5.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Perera c Jordan b Gurney 19 (SL 26-1)

    England have the breakthrough with one of the strangest caught-at-first-slip dismissals you will ever see. Kusal Perera is once more looking to blast Harry Gurney over the leg side, but the delivery is too wide of off stump. Perera only makes contact with the toe end, the bottom of the bat, with the ball flying to the left of Chris Jordan. The man made of rubber takes off, grabbing the leather in one hand for another blinding catch.

    Harry Gurney
  281. 5 overs: 
    SL 26-0 (run-rate 5.20)

    There seems to be a concerted effort from the Sri Lankans to play a bit of tip and run, to pinch every single. Tillakaratne Dilshan has selective interest - sometimes he's keen, other times not so. When he is sent back by Perera, Ravi Bopara sprints in and this time misses the stumps when the batsman might have been struggling. Abandoning the running plan, Dilshan lines Anderson up through the off side, but the Burnley express is on the money for a maiden.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special on the confidentiality agreement

    "I'd like a quid for every statement the ECB put out. I don't get the confidentiality agreement. I understand where you have an agreement where you never speak. But if you have one that ends in a certain month [I think he said a month] then it shouldn't matter whether an official or player speaks out after that."

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  283. 4 overs: 
    SL 26-0 (Dilshan 6, Perera 19)

    Fetch. That. The murmuring Lord's patrons are jolted from their morning broadsheet by a jackhammer front-foot pull by Kusal Perera, which sends the lumbering Harry Gurney over mid-wicket for six. Alastair Cook, at mid-on, can only watch in awe with his hands behind his back. Perera's hero is Sanath Jayasuriya, and that was Sanath-esque.

    Kusal Perera
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    Rob Meech: KP and England was always a marriage of convenience in the eyes of many. Now here is the messy divorce.

  285. 3 overs: 
    SL 18-0 (Dilshan 5, Perera 12)

    To me, this is poor cricket. Yes, Ravi Bopara, it's wonderful that you can hit the stumps directly with a throw from mid-wicket. Problem is, Tillakaratne Dilshan is already having a brew back in his crease and the deflection has given away an overthrow. James Anderson, hair quiffed, is getting it to do plenty, but Sri Lanka are playing him positively.


    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special about the Pietersen-ECB row

    "A decision has been made [to drop Pietersen] whether you agree with it or not - he will not play for England again. People will always come out and say something on the record or off the record. He's disappointed not to play for England. He wanted to score 10,000 Test runs. I wouldn't use the word 'seething' [to describe his mood]. He accepts it. He wants to make sure he gets on with his cricket career. I expect Pietersen to play for Surrey next week."

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    Kevin Pietersen
  287. 2 overs: 
    SL 14-0 (Dilshan 3, Perera 10)

    Harry Gurney, the left-armer who always makes running in seem like a struggle, with the other new ball. Gurney is running down the slope, which helps him angle the ball away from the right-hander. He's getting nothing in the air, but has Perera hopping around to dig out an arrowed yorker.

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    Dave in Epsom: England should have batted first. Cook worried about his form so decides to bowl.

  289. 1 over: 
    SL 9-0 (Dilshan 1, Perera 9)

    Wibbly wobbly straight away for Anderson. Thick edge brings Dilshan a single, with England screaming for lbw against the left-handed Perera. Pitched outside leg, moving down the slope away from the batsman, not much going for it. Oh Jimmy, not good. Leggy, then wide of off stump. Flick and a hammer from Perera, two boundaries.

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    Rob George: For KP to want to sign a confidentiality agreement he must fear for what would come out, ECB will be proved right in the future.

  291. 10:30: 

    James Anderson has the ball, right-hander Dilshan is on strike with two slips for company. Let's play.

  292. 10:29: 

    The England players, clad in sky blue, are huddling on the outfield. Mostly in sleeveless sweaters, there are plenty of sunglasses on caps, ready to be donned when the sun appears.

    Back at the pavilion stairs, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera emerge, applauded by a man in an orange and red blazer. I obviously respect the MCC bacon and egg tie, but is there really a need for a full blazer?

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    James Phipps: KP saga is about respect. Last two years both sides have shown little. Move on ECB, looks like KP has.

    Kevin Pietersen
  294. 10:25: 

    Michael Vaughan might be on to something with his cloud remote control. When the skippers walked out for a flick, Lord's was bathed in the warm stuff. Now, a dark duvet has been placed over HQ. Feels even more of a bowling morning now.

    I love the idea of this imaginary technology being available to skippers in order to influence the game. Maybe a magnet that compels the umpire to raise his finger?

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "You have to win the toss and England did. Then you have a remote control in the dressing room that brings the clouds over. The perfect start. You can understand why England opted to bowl first. I like the inclusion of Perera for Sri Lanka. They have to come out and forget Old Trafford."

    Kusal Perera
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    Richard Bishop: Our resident 1st XI Scorer, Shelley Clayton, has been stolen from us this weekend because apparently the Sri Lankan side are more important! Consequently, we have players running around to boundary to swap shifts in the score box every five overs and share the duties!

    So, to confirm, your scorer has been called up to do the honours for Sri Lanka? Is that the scoring equivalent of being plucked from club cricket to play an international at Lord's? I suppose that's exactly what it is.

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Live Scores - England v Sri Lanka


  • Sri Lanka beat England by 7 runs
  • England: 293-8 (50.0 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 300-9 (50.0 overs)
  • Venue: Lord's

England Innings

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Cook lbw b Malinga 1
Bell c M Jayawardene b Malinga 7
Ballance c Sangakkara b A Mendis 42
Root c A Mendis b Mathews 43
Morgan st Sangakkara b Senanayake 12
Bopara c Thirimanne b A Mendis 51
Buttler run out (Malinga) 121
Jordan c Dilshan b Malinga 5
Tredwell not out 1
Anderson not out 0
Extras 1nb 3w 6lb 10
Total for 8 293

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