England vs Sri Lanka
@SkyCricket happy with that performance. Malinga was the difference. Hales was brilliant yet again #EngvSL@SkyCricket this will be the first of many loses England will have with Moore's in chargeFascinated by the @SkyCricket WASP. Adds a new aspect to coverage - like most sports I always listen with sound off!
EOIN MORGAN REACTION
“Things were quite controlled for the first 15 overs of our innings and then towards the end when things do against you a little bit; the guys did hold themselves quite well out there but our skill level needs to be higher. Harry bowled magnificently well – he transferred his form from county cricket to the international stage; you don’t see guys doing that very often on debut so it’s promising to see.”
There’s plenty more cricket to come starting with the first ODI between England and Sri Lanka at the Oval from 12.30pm on SS2. #EngvSL
Over 20: England 174/7 (Bopara 28, Woakes 2)Bopara misses with a big swing to start the final over and then digs out a yorker down the ground for two. The Essex right-hander then hits a six over square-leg and dispatches a full toss for four in the same area to leave England needing 12 off the final two balls... Lakmal gets his yorker on the spot to limit Bopara to a single off the penultimate ball. Woakes dabs the final delivery to midwicket for a single. Sri Lanka win by nine runs.
England have no answer to the genius that is Malinga. It’s slower ball, slower ball, slower ball and he’s deceived them all.”
Lakmal will bowl the final over.
Over 19: England 160/7 (Bopara 15, Woakes 1)Malinga again deals mainly in slower balls, taking the wicket of Jordan to go with four singles. Malinga finishes with 3-28. Bopara will be on strike at the start of the final over. England need 24 off 6 balls.
Jordan b Malinga 5Jordan drags an inside edge onto his stumps.
Over 18: England 156/6 (Bopara 13, Jordan 4)Bopara leans back to drive over extra cover for four and flicks a full toss to midwicket for another four to make it 13 from Kulasekara's final over. England need 28 off 12 balls.
Over 17: England 143/6 (Bopara 1, Jordan 4)Hales departs one delivery after smearing a slightly shorter ball for four to straight midwicket. Malinga continues with his slower ball policy throughout the remainder of the over, bowling Hales and confusing new batsman Jordan, who does at least manage to get an edge away for four down to third-man. England need 41 off 18 balls.
That’s superb from Malinga. He's got the big wicket. He knows his game – he backs himself. He bowled a slower ball the ball before and got hit for four. A lot of bowlers would have bottled it and gone for the yorker but he backed himself to bowl another slower ball and deceive him he did. Hales has played beautifully but he’s gone for 66 and with it, you’d think, England’s hopes.”
Hales b Malinga 66Hales is bowled by a slower ball aiming towards midwicket.
Malinga is back on, he can bowl the final two overs from this end.
Over 16: England 133/5 (Hales 62, Bopara 0)Buttler walks off shaking his head, that should have been sent out of the park. Hales clears long-off for six after Kulasekara misses with his yorker, slices another drive for two and then keeps the strike with a single. New batsman Ravi Bopara is yet to face. England need 51 off 24 balls.
Buttler c Dilshan b Kulasekara 26Buttler fails to get hold of a full toss and Dilshan moves to his left to take the catch on the midwicket boundary. That came off the toe-end and still almost went for six!
Over 15: England 122/4 (Hales 52, Buttler 19)Buttler misses with a ramp, Thisara Perera reading his intentions and producing a pinpoint back-of-the-hand slower ball. Buttler dispatches the next ball through the covers for four, although Dilshan should have stopped it. Hales completes a 33-ball half-century (6x4, 1x6) with a drive down the ground for four. England need 62 off 30 balls.
Hales powers to fifty off 33 balls with a straight drive for four - Eng 120-4 off 14.4. #EngvSL
- 20th May 2014
- England won the toss and elected to bowl.
- The Kia Oval
- R J Bailey, M A Gough
- TV Umpire
- R T Robinson
- Match Referee
- J J Crowe
- Reserve Umpire
- D J Millns
england BATTING CARD
|M.A. Carberry||c Kulasekara b Mathews||7|
|A.D. Hales||b Malinga||66|
|I.R. Bell||c Perera b Malinga||13|
|J.E. Root||c Chandimal b Lakmal||5|
|E.J.G. Morgan||c Lakmal b Perera||5|
|J.C. Buttler||c Dilshan b Kulasekara||26|
|R.S. Bopara||Not out||28|
|C.J. Jordan||b Malinga||5|
|C.R. Woakes||Not out||2|
|Extras||11w, 1b, 5lb||17|
|Total||20.0 Overs||174 - 7|