Sri Lanka vs England
Sri Lanka beat England by 19 runs
So, England relinquish their T20 title. Sri Lanka and West Indies progress from this pool and England head for the airport. Stuart Broad's men have been out-of-sorts this tournament and were outplayed by hosts Sri Lanka today. Thanks for your company and comments throughout make sure you tune in for commentary of Australia v Pakistan and India v South Africa tomorrow!
Over 20 Eng 150/9 (Dernbach 2, Finn 1)
WICKET! Swann loses his leg stump and England are heading home. Kulasekara sneaks a full ball through his flashing blade and gets his first wicket. Yorkers close out a fine victory for Sri Lanka, who triumph by 19 runs
Over 19 Eng 144/8 (Swann 27, Finn 0)
Swann keeps the dream alive by hitting the first ball back down the ground for four. Another superb shot! Malinga comes back well though with only three singles added. WICKET! Patel is bowled! Full and straight does the trick and Malinga has five! Patel falls having made 67 off 48 balls. A brave effort but it looks to be in vain. He and Swann put on 51 for the eighth wicket. 26 needed off the last over...
Over 18 Eng 137/7 (Patel 66 Swann 27)
33 needed from 12!! It's still on. Swann launches Mendis for a six over midwicket and there is 11 off the over in total. What a cameo from Swann. Malinga still has one over left though... It's coming up now
Over 17 Eng 126/7 (Patel 63 Swann 19)
A brave effort from Swann, who hits Malinga for three boundaries in that over! Guiding the first down to third man, the second through point and third through wide long-on! 44 needed from the last three overs. You never know...
Over 16 Eng 111/7 (Patel 63 Swann 4)
A tidy comeback over from A Mendis, who concedes only five singles as England fail to get him away. 59 needed from 24 balls. Any believers out there?
Over 15 Eng 106/7 (Patel 61 Swann 1)
WICKET! Dananjaya has two! Broad drives up to Jayawardene at extra cover and, despite a little juggle, he takes the catch. Just one for the England skipper and has team are heading home in a hurry. Six! Patel hasn't given up, launching the young spinner over midwicket for his second maximum and then rocking back and cutting for four more. If only someone had stayed with him!
Over 14 Eng 93/6 (Patel 50, Broad 1)
Sri Lanka are through! England needed to have won by now to eliminate the hosts, but, as you can see, they are a long way from doing that. WICKET! After breaking his bat, Buttler has now lost his wicket, pulling Malinga straight to deep fine-leg. That's his fourth wicket and this is a slow, slow death for England. Buttler made just eight. Some cheer for England as Patel brings up his maiden T20 50 with a single
Over 13 Eng 86/5 (Patel 48, Buttler 6)
Dananjaya is bowling brilliantly here, mixing up his pace and flight. Where do Sri Lanka keep finding these gems?! Only six runs added and England need to produce something special, and quick
Over 12 Eng 80/5 (Patel 43, Buttler 4)
The leg-spin of J Mendis replaces A Mendis. WICKET! Bopara's torrid stay is over, bowled playing all around a straight one having made only one from six balls. The gamble has not paid off and Buttler comes to the middle with England in big, big trouble. He starts well with two twos through the leg-side. The rate is creeping every over. It's up to 11.25 now
Over 11 Eng 75/4 (Patel 43, Bopara 1)
WICKET! Morgan is trapped lbw attempting a reverse-sweep off Dananjaya. Big blow for England. He made just 10. Bopara is the new batsman. He gets off the mark after a couple of dot balls but Sri Lanka are back on top here. The rate is above 10.5 an over...
Over 10 Eng 72/3 (Patel 42, Morgan 10)
A change of ends for Mendis but he can't halt Patel, who crashes back-to-back boundaries, one over point, one over extra cover, to bring up the 50 partnership off 38 balls. Mendis outfoxes Patel last ball but an inside edge just misses the stumps and England scamper one. 11 off the over
Over 9 Eng 61/3 (Patel 32, Morgan 9)
More mystery spin on show now as teenager Dananjaya comes into the attack. He shows Mendis how it's done with a tight opening over, conceding only five runs. Nervy times in Pallekele...
Over 8 Eng 56/3 (Patel 30, Morgan 6)
Morgan puts the pressure on Mathews by driving him over mid-off for a boundary first ball. The left-hander is then unlucky to see two more crisply struck shots find the fielder. Just six from the over in the end and the required rate is 9.5 an over
Over 7 Eng 50/3 (Patel 29, Morgan 2)
The 'mystery spin' of Mendis is introduced. Big test for England here. Morgan picks up one first ball before Patel pounces on two short, wide deliveries and slams both through the off-side for a couple more fours. Mendis then coughs up a wide and a loopy full toss, which Patel gives the treatment over extra cover. This is brilliant from Patel, not so from Mendis. 14 from the over and the 50 is up for England
Over 6 Eng 36/3 (Patel 17, Morgan 1)
Patel is fighting back for England, drilling Kulasekara for two boundaries through the covers. This is his first knock of the tournament and England need a special one from him here
Over 5 Eng 28/3 (Patel 9, Morgan 1)
Patel breaks the shackles with a fierce blow over mid-on off Mathews which sails for six. Much-needed for England, who pick up nine from the over
Over 4 Eng 19/3 (Patel 1, Morgan 0)
Progress, no wickets lost in this over, although only one run is added from Patel. We've not even seen spin yet! England are in a deep hole here and need something special from these two
Over 3 Eng 18/3 (Patel 0, Morgan 0)
WICKET! Wright goes! Malinga gets the breakthrough, luring Wright into an uppish cut and Dilshan catches sharply at backward point. He trudges off for 12 and Bairstow is the new man. Run out... no! Chaos as Hales and Bairstow practically shake hands in the middle but Malinga's throw is a bad one and England, in the end, pick up two runs. Huge let-off. WICKET! Bairstow goes next ball, looping a Malinga slower ball straight up and Kulasekara takes a simple catch at mid-off. A tame end. WICKET! Disaster for England. Malinga gets a third wicket in the over, trapping Hales lbw. It's a stinker of a decision, clearly sliding down leg. What an over for Sri Lanka, Patel and Morgan are the batsmen, by the way...
Over 2 Eng 15/0 (Wright 12, Hales 2)
Whack! Wright rocks back and pulls Kulasekara over midwicket for a six! Without wanting to curse the England batsman, he looks in great touch. Slightly surprising that Sri Lanka haven't opened with spin and England are off to a decent start here. Eight off it
Spin to win?
Stuart Scott says: "Think a lot of the responsibility will fall on Morgan in this game, hopefully Ravi can star... however England vs spin usually ends up with one result!"
Over 1 Eng 7/0 (Wright 5, Hales 2)
We are not quite sure why, but Sri Lanka have been handed an extra run... Perhaps because they are at home? England now need 170 to win. They start well enough with seven off the opening over. Wright takes first ball and, after a couple of dots, pulls hard for the first boundary of the innings. Hales adds a couple through midwicket
Here we go...
Wright and Hales to open for England. Mathews has the ball...
Chase is on
So, can England do it? They look set to face another trial by spin with Sri Lanka fielding no less than four genuine spin bowling options. Send in your predictions to Joe.firstname.lastname@example.org and tweet @skysportsdrabs
England need 170 to win at 8.45 runs an over
Over 20 SL 168/6 (Perera 25, Kulasekara 1)
Broad keeps faith in Dernbach and is repaid as the Surrey man bowls a superb final over, conceding just seven. England will need 169 to reach the semi-finals!
Over 19 SL 161/6 (Perera 19, Kulasekara 0)
Bosh! Perera rocks back and swats Broad over long-on for another maximum! He is playing a blinder for Sri Lanka here. Broad goes back to yorker length in an attempt to stem the flow of runs but Thirimanne finds a way of threading the infield and picking up a boundary through backward point, despite aiming around midwicket! WICKET! Thirimanne goes for 13, playing all around a slower ball and seeing his off stump removed. Some consolation for Broad, who ends with 3-32 from four overs
Over 18 SL 147/5 (Thirimanne 7, Perera 12)
The balance shifts back in Sri Lanka's favour after another expensive over from Dernbach, who is really struggling out there. Mendis pulls him over square-leg before Thirimanne gets in on the act final ball by dispatching him over long-on. 16 in total off the over and Broad will have a decision to make on who to bowl at the death
Over 17 SL 131/5 (Thirimanne 1, Perera 3)
A cracking final over from Finn, who concedes only three singles to finish with 1-23 from his four overs. He could have added Perera to the wickets column but his slice over extra cover just landed wide of Broad, who dived full length at it. England have put everything into their fielding and bowling. Can they hold their nerve at the death?
Over 16 SL 128/5 (Thirimanne 0, Perera 2)
The 50 partnership between Mathews and Mendis comes up off 29 balls when Mathews drives Broad for four more. That really should have been cut off by Wright and the bowler is less than impressed. WICKET! He's smiling now, I think! Mendis (18) pulls Broad straight to Bopara, who takes the catch to break the partnership at last! WICKET! Two in two again! Mathews drags a short ball back on to his stumps and goes for 28. The crowd are silenced! Thirimanne and Perera are the new men - Sri Lanka bat very deep. Great over for England
Over 15 SL 121/3 (Mathews 13, J Mendis 11)
Big, big over for Sri Lanka, who take Patel for 17 after a six apiece for Mathews and Mendis. Patel has now conceded 27 from two overs and England are back under pressure. The second six was actually caught by Finn, but he couldn't stop himself running over the rope. A great, great effort nevertheless
Over 14 SL 104/3 (Mathews 13, J Mendis 11)
Bopara tests Bairstow's agility with a wide down the leg-side which the Yorkshireman does very well to stop. Mathews then brings up the Sri Lanka 100 with two more runs smeared through wide long-off. A decent over from the Essex man though, it costs eight
Over 13 SL 96/3 (Mathews 8, J Mendis 10)
Wow, the ball is spinning a mile now, and bouncing too. Bairstow is struggling to deal with it all and concedes four byes in an over which costs six in total. Sri Lanka's spinners are going to be licking their lips in the changing room. England will not want to be chasing many more than 150...
Over 12 SL 90/3 (Mathews 8, J Mendis 8)
Broad piles the pressure on Mathews with four successive dots but the Sri Lanka all-rounder responds with back-to-back boundaries through wide long-off to end the over. Just too full from the bowler. This is a fascinating contest and Sri Lanka are not backing down!
Over 11 SL 82/3 (Mathews 0, J Mendis 8)
WICKET! And they get that wicket! Morgan, diving forward at deep midwicket, takes a superb catch to remove Jayawardene for 42 off 38 balls. Swann celebrates, he's delighted! That's his 50th T20 scalp. Mathews joins Sangakkara in the middle. WICKET!! Two in two! Swann finds Sangakkara's edge and Bairstow takes this one! Kumar can't believe umpire Davis has given that and shakes his head as he walks off having made 13 from 12. Two new men in and Jeevan Mendis survives hat-trick ball with a solid block. The left-hander then sweeps hard for a one-bounce four, that was a brave shot but he played it very well. A reverse-sweep follows and that also finds the rope. Wickets, runs, it's all happening!
Over 10 SL 74/1 (Jayawardene 42, Sangakkara 13)
Patel comes on and Sri Lanka target him right away. Jaywardene cuts and sweeps him for boundaries and in total the over costs 10. Sri Lanka are just building some momentum here and England desperately need a wicket
Over 9 SL 64/1 (Jayawardene 33, Sangakkara 12)
DROP! Bairstow, standing upto Swann, puts down Sangakkara! Just a tiny edge attempting to cut and another chance goes begging. Jayawardene then rubs salt in the wounds with another reverse-sweep which finds the rope - SL's first boundary in 14 balls. Broad counters by bringing another man across into that area and he fields immediately
Over 8 SL 57/1 (Jayawardene 28, Sangakkara 10)
Bopara comes on with his medium-pacers. Can England's partnership-breaker break this one? Not right away, although his opening over costs just four as SL settle for singles before Mahela is beaten by a wobbler last ball
Over 7 SL 53/1 (Jayawardene 27, Sangakkara 7)
Jayawardene is in the groove now and plays a superbly-controlled reverse-sweep off Swann to find the fence. Swann's opening over costs nine and you would have to say Sri Lanka are just ahead at this stage. There is spin, too, which will making chasing even harder later on
Over 6 SL 44/1 (Jayawardene 19, Sangakkara 6)
Broad brings himself into the attack for the final powerplay over. Mahela is keen to make the most of it but misses two wild swipes outside off stump. A brilliant start from the England skipper is nearly capped with a wicket when Jayawardene lobs a drive just over Bopara at short extra cover. Three off it
Over 5 SL 41/1 (Jayawardene 16, Sangakkara 6)
Finn, who has bowled the most dot balls in the tournament, starts with two more at the start of his third over. Broad clearly wants this partnership breaking, fast. WICKET! It works! The pressure pays as Dilshan is trapped lbw attempting an ambitious hoik across the line. He goes for 16. Sangakkara is the new batsman and he is off the mark first ball with two through the covers. Finn catches his edge final ball but it bounces just short of Bairstow, who can't stop it bobbling through his legs and reaching the fence. Sloppy work
Over 4 SL 34/0 (Jayawardene 15, Dilshan 16)
Jayawardene clears the boundary this time, pulling Dernbach over backward square-leg for a delightful maximum! Dernbach persists with the short ball but Dilshan reads the plan and uppercuts another six, this one over third man! Under pressure, Dernbach then fires down a leg-side wide and a very ordinary over costs 16!
Over 3 SL 18/0 (Jayawardene 7, Dilshan 9)
Mahela is all over a short ball from Finn early in the over and pulls it elegantly for a one-bounce four - so nearly a six. The Middlesex man comes back well though, beating Jayawardene twice outside off stump and finishing with a dot. Tight start from England
Over 2 SL 12/0 (Jayawardene 2, Dilshan 8)
DROP! Swann spills Dilshan at first slip after Dernbach had caught the shoulder of his bat! A real let-off for Sri Lanka and a big miss for England. The Surrey seamer concedes just four runs from his first over and has a strong lbw appeal turned down to-boot. Right call from umpire Taufel
Over 1 SL 8/0 (Jayawardene 2, Dilshan 5)
Finn takes the first over for England and produces some early movement back into right-handers Dilshan and Jayawardene. Dilshan spoils a tidy opening over with a cracking boundary through the covers, standing tall and punching the final ball off the back foot for four
Nick North adds: "It's very brave playing Bopara, he can either be pretty good or awful. Either way, he is not a match-winner. Then again, speaking too soon..."
Here we go...
The players are out for their respective national anthems. Huge game, i'm excited, hope you are too. Let's hope England can take inspiration from Team Europe last night!
Kumar Sangakkara will skipper Sri Lanka today instead of Mahela Jayawardene - who still plays
Neil Radburn asks: "I'm an Essex fan, big fan of Ravi but why on earth did we take Lumb if you're not gonna play him in these circumstances??" - My guess would be that Bopara is rated as a better player of spin so they are backing him to negotiate Sri Lanka's plethora of spinners... We shall see. Either way, it's a brave call
Shaun Harris has been in touch, saying: "About time Keiswetter was axed, although shame Prior isn't there to replace him, will be interesting to see if Wright opens with Hales and Morgan gets promoted." I'm with you on Prior Shaun. The guess would be that Wright opens alongside Hales
I'll try and keep this simple: If England win, they are through in place of West Indies, if they lose they go home. If they win really, really well, Sri Lanka could be eliminated and WI will progress
So, what do we make of England's team? Bopara is handed yet another chance as Kieswetter is sacrificed. Get in touch be mailing in to Joe.email@example.com or tweet me @skysportsdrabs
Three changes for England! Kieswetter has paid the price for a poor run of form and is replaced by Bopara. Dernbach & Patel also return in place of Bresnan and Briggs. For Sri Lanka, Herath is replaced by Dananjaya
England have won the toss and will BOWL first!
The delayed finish means that England and Sri Lanka have not had a chance to warm-up yet. I'll bring you an update on the revised playing times, teams and toss as soon as we have it
Welcome to text commentary of England's must-win clash with Sri Lanka. West Indies have just beaten New Zealand in a thrilling Super Over. England need to beat the host nation now if they are to stay in the competition!
- 1st Oct 2012
- England won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
- S J Davis and S J A Taufel
england BATTING CARD
|Hales||lbw b Malinga||3|
|Bairstow||c Kulasekara b Malinga||2|
|Morgan||lbw b M.K.P.A.D. Perera||10|
|Buttler||c Ajantha b Malinga||8|
|Broad||c M.K.P.A.D. Perera||1|
|Extras||1nb, 3w, 1b, 4lb||9|
|Total||20.0 Overs||150 - 9|