Champions Trophy, England v Sri Lanka, The Oval as it happened

Kumar Sangakkara's brilliant unbeaten 134 helps Sri Lanka beat England by seven wickets in the Champions Trophy.

13 June 2013 Last updated at 21:10 GMT

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  1. 2107: 

    Well, you can continue the Trott Debate, the Cook Debate, the Bopara Debate and any other burning issues on Twitter via #bbccricket - but let's not let England's deficiencies overshadow an outstanding batting display from Kumar Sangakkara, one of the classiest batsmen of his generation.

    Plenty more Champions Trophy action comnig up - as Russel Arnold pointed out on TMS earlier, of the four remaining group games, three are close to being quarter-finals, with the other being the always tasty India v Pakistan. First up tomorrow is West Indies v South Africa in Cardiff at 1030 BST - make sure you join TMS on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 1015, while Marc Higginson will be in the live text chair. Enjoy the rest of your evening - and be careful if you head to any Aussie-themed bars. TTFN.

  2.  

    George Dabby, TMS inbox: Trott's innings was as selfish as it gets. Blocking powerplay overs with 15 overs to go and eight wickets in hand. Disgraceful.

  3.  

    Jay: Even if England had 50 overs like the last over (scoring 1400 runs), they couldn't have defended it with this bowling attack.

  4.  
    MAN OF THE MATCH

    Man of the match Kumar Sangakkara: "I was pretty happy withy the way I went about it, Dilshan and Mahela batted well but Kulasekara really put the icing on it. Once the powerplay was over, I think he surprised everyone with some great shots. Mahela's the best batsman in the side and was looking really dangerous. It was tough on the bowlers at times but both sides batted well. We've got to win the next one, hopefully our run rate has done some good today and we'll have to prepare well for the Aussies."

  5.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "England are going to have to think beyond Plan A. I'm sure they've got the capability to do that, but they didn't recognise it in time here."

  6.  

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "We needed that, we started off pretty waywardly but the bowlers came back well in the middle period, and once against Sangakkara batted brilliantly, when the team needs him he delivers. They got a bit of momentum with the last over, but the wicket turned out to be an absolute belter, brilliant to bat on. The management decided to promote Kulasekara, he's done the job well in the past so we sent him to have a crack in the powerplay. We were rusty in the field today so as can still improve."

  7.  

    England captain Alastair Cook: "That was an outstanding 100 by Sangakkara. The pitch got easier and quicker as the day went on, but sometimes you have to say credit where credit's due. We needed to take a couple more wickets, but that was a very, very good chase down. It doesn't help from a bowling point of view when the ball gets changed. It's very hard to get it to reverse swing. But sometimes, you say well played to the opposition, and this was one of those days. I thought 300 was about par. I couldn't get my innings away. If I had done, we might have got to 320. We knew we had to win one of these two games. That's why the Champions Trophy is a good tournament. Sometimes you come up short, but we'll have a look at it and come back on Sunday."

  8.  

    Michael Uscroft: Bopara's 28 in the last over covered up the deficiencies in our batting. Just not good enough for ODIs.

  9.  

    lyas Najib: Who's better, Gilchrist or Sangakkara? It's too close to call in my opinion.

  10.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "This will be good for the confidence of Sri Lanka. Everything was against Sri Lanka, and nobody gave them a chance after the disappointment against New Zealand. But the big players have stood up. Where England slowed down, they lost out. They should have had 320-330."

  11. 2052: 

    Let's give you the table then - New Zealand lead Group A with three points, England second on two points with a better net run-rate than Sri Lanka who also have two points, and Australia fourth with only one point.

    So for England, when they play New Zealand in Cardiff on Sunday, win and they're in the semis. A no-result sends New Zealand through and leaves England sweating on Sri Lanka-Australia. But if England lose, they're out.

  12.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "A top-class innings from Sangakkara - not just with his hitting, but the calmness of it as well. This group is now wide open."

  13.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sangakkara showed his class, but everyone batted around him, and that's why they're walking off with a seven-wicket win. It's not all doom and gloom, but there's plenty to think about for England between now and Cardiff on Sunday."

  14. 2049: 

    As Sangakkara and Kulasekara walk off and receive some bear hugs from their team-mates, let's reflect for a minute on that fourth-wicket stand. Those two added 110 runs in 11.5 overs, a match-winning partnership.

  15.  

    Stuart Mitchell: A thoroughly uninspiring defence by England. Cook has no imagination at all.

  16.  
    Kumar Sangakkara Kumar Sangakkara: 342 ODIs, more than 11,200 runs, 15 hundreds, 75 fifties. One of the greatest players the game has seen?
  17. 2047: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    SRI LANKA BEAT ENGLAND BY SEVEN WICKETS

  18. 47.1 overs: 
    SL 297-3

    Broad to bowl, Sangakkara to finish the job. He swings a four through square leg, Sangakkara finishes on 134 not out and Sri Lanka have won with 17 balls to spare.

  19.  

    Brian, via text on 81111: This is why England's top three are criticised. We set off every single match looking for 280-300 when the top teams are always looking for 330-350 on flat pitches.

  20. 47 overs: 
    SL 293-3

    England rather going through the last rites here, but the Sri Lankan fans are on their feet as Kulasekara moves to 58 with a single, Sangakkara tucks into Bresnan with a couple of twos, leaving two runs to win - and a dab to cover levels the scores with three overs left.

  21.  

    Wayne Ellis: A lot of criticism of our batting on here but 293 should be plenty against a team that made 138 last time. Shocking bowling...

  22.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "I just saw Sangakkara and Anderson exchanging pleasantries after that wide - umpire Aleem Dar had to step in. And again after the end of the over, and Dar had to come all the way down the pitch to speak to them - Sangakkara's a clever, well-spoken man, but he's a chirpy character."

  23. 46 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- SL 287-3

    Anderson back on for his last over - England had to return to their main bowler, really, as it would be borderline criminal for Sri Lanka to win this with overs to spare and Anderson not having bowled his 10. Anderson and Cook shuffle the field, but the game has surely gone here as Kulasekara helps himself to a two and a single. Sangakkara effortlessly adds another, England help the score along with a wide and Kulasekara gets an edge, Buttler dives to his right and gets a glove to it at full stretch - would have been a world-class catch if it had stuck, but being cruel, we have to put it down as a dropped catch. Sangakkara helps himself to a two before blasting Anderson's last ball for four. Seven needed from 24 balls. Can they do it next over?

  24.  

    Shane Bradford, TMS inbox: Cook is too nice. His conservative instinct belies his fear. Other teams can sense that in his protective (rather than attacking) fields and it gives them confidence. England are content to be good, instead of gambling to be great.

  25.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Sri Lanka would win here, even if England managed to conjure a hat-trick - that's how on top they are."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  26. 45 overs: 
    SL 275-3

    England turn back to Bresnan, but their net run-rate will be taking a bit of a dent at this rate as Sangakkara picks up his 10th boundary, crashing a four past mid-on and a single takes him to 118 - he now has the top score of the tournament (beating Shikhar Dhawan's 114 for India against South Africa). Kulasekara heaves a single to deep mid-wicket, and Sri Lanka need 19 from 30 balls.

  27.  

    Rob Wilson: Got to say it really looks like England are devoid of ideas when it comes to getting wickets. Why was Finn dropped!?

  28.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Get a slip in. Leave it as it, and Sri Lanka will coast home. It's been a really good show of batsmanship from Sangakkara, who's paced it superbly."

  29. 44 overs: 
    KULASEKARA 50- SL 269-3
    Nuwan Kulasekara

    Kulasekara is in the zone now, hooking Broad for six before smacking a four back past the bowler which forces the umpire to take evasive action. Another four through extra cover brings up his third ODI fifty from only 30 balls. A single means he's taken 15 off four balls, leaving Sangakkara with no pressure on him. A single takes him to 113 from 123 balls - Kulasekara has an effervescent 52 from 31, and Sri Lanka only need 25 more from 36 balls.

  30.  

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan: Bamboozles me why a spinner as good as Graeme Swann never bowls in the powerplay...

  31.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Credit to Sri Lanka, their batting so far has been tremendous, as have their though processes - like promoting Kulasekara for the batting powerplay. England need something to happen, or Sri Lanka will win this around the 48th or 49th over."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  32. 43 overs: 
    SL 253-3

    Swann on for his last throw of the dice, how England need him to remove one of these batsmen as he did when he removed Dilshan. Sangakkara moves to 112 with a two and a single - now, will Kulasekara take on the spinner? You betcha - Swann overpitches and Kulasekara lofts it for six over mid-wicket. Next ball, in the slot again and Kulasekara bashes it over cow corner for another huge six! Sanga has a word after that second six - along the lines of "stay calm", perhaps - and Kulasekara just takes a gentle single rather than having another slog. He has 37 from 27 balls, and Swann finishes with 1-50 from his 10. Sri Lanka need 41 from 42 balls - it's down to under a run a ball.

  33.  

    Terry, via text on 81111: I know it's still relatively early days, and I'm the first to admit he's a brilliant batsman, but, my word, Cook is a frustratingly negative, utterly unimaginative captain.

  34.  

    Benjamin Pelch: Where's Jade Dernbach when you need him? Need somebody to control the run rate.

    Dernbach would have been very good for the net run rate - Sri Lanka's net run rate, that is.

  35. 42 overs: 
    SL 237-3

    With 65 needed from 54 balls, England keep their last Anderson over under wraps and turn back to Broad, but still the singles flow. Kulasekara launches another aerial blast, but it doesn't have the legs on it and they can only run one to Anderson at long-on. Sangakkara advances down the pitch, gets an inside edge and squeezes a single to square leg. Kulasekara is hit on the pad as he tries another heave to leg and it pings away for four leg byes. Kulasekara gets a new bat at the end of the over, that's the fifty partnership from only 40 balls - 57 more needed from 48 balls.

  36.  

    Rajendra Prasad: This match will go down to the last over, all thanks to Bopara.

  37.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a good decision to promote Kulasekara. It's almost as though England have Plan A with both batting and bowling, and if it doesn't happen, what do they do? And Aggers, you've got your first question to Alastair Cook - what about the change of ball?"

  38. 41 overs: 
    SL 229-3

    Kulasekara slaps a four over Bell's head at cover, the Sri Lankan fans in the crowd are loving this. England can't seem to stop the singles any more, then again Kulasekara smacks another four through the leg side. He has 22 from 21 balls - I suppose Sri Lanka did write the book on pinch-hitting in cricket.

  39.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "England had only four fielders inside the ring as Bresnan began his over, a mistake noticed by Joe Root, who was counting at long off and alerted captain Cook."

  40. 40 overs: 
    SL 218-3

    There's a horrid, comical mix-up between the batsmen as Sangakkara pushes to the cover boundary - both batsmen are in the middle of the pitch, Sanga drops his bat, and even a remotely accurate throw from Bairstow would have run one of them out, but it's well wide and Sri Lanka survive. Somehow. The fourth-wicket pair are operating in singles for most of the over, until Sangakkara hoists Anderson over long-on and towards the groundsman's shed - it's a first-bounce four. 76 needed from 60 balls (only six of which can be bowled by Anderson).

  41.  

    Chris Parker: Broad needs to be dropped. He's too inconsistent and we have too many quality bowlers to have to put up with him.

  42. 39 overs: 
    SANGAKKARA 100- SL 210-3
    Kumar Sangakkara

    Sangakkara moves to 99 with a single, Kulasekara swings at a slower ball from Bresnan and misses, but that was going miles down the leg side. Kulasekara swings again, Bairstow charges in from cow corner but can't take the catch as he slides to the ground - did he lose it in the lights? Sri Lanka run two. Expectant father Bresnan pings in a wide that's well out of Kulasekara's reach, the right-hander smears a single and the Sri Lanka fans are on their feet with Sanga on 99... and he doesn't disappoint, punching a single to long-off to reach his first ODI century against England - and 15th in all - from 111 balls. Well played, sir.

  43.  

    Ray Roughmoose in Devon, TMS inbox: Did the new ODI regulations brought in by the ICC this year include a ban on England bowling yorkers?

  44.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "It will be great for the tournament if Sri Lanka win this game as of the last four games in the group stage, three will effectively be quarter-finals - South Africa-West Indies, England-New Zealand and Sri Lanka-Australia."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  45. 38 overs: 
    SL 204-3

    Anderson in for his eighth over, Sangakkara threads a two through the finest of gaps, between gully and backward point who must have been standing all of 10 yards apart. Three singles are added, Kulasekara gets an inside edge but keeper Buttler makes a great diving stop to prevent a likely boundary. Sanga has 98, Kulasekara has seven. And England were 186-2 at this stage, for comparison.

  46.  

    Jack Mendel: Batting powerplay does it... yet again. Seriously. Someone must snap this young lad up and give him a contract!

    He's at least deserving of a central contract as Dr Inksbreak, who took so many wickets in the Test series in India...

  47.   
    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "Jonny Bairstow is on the field because Jonathan Trott has a tight right quad, and won't field again today."

  48. 37 overs: 
    SL 199-3

    Tim Bresnan returns to the attack, he has five overs left. Sangakkara pushes a single to cover, he might have been in trouble if Bell's throw had hit. The right-handed Kulasekara has an agricultural slog at Big Tim and that's four in the direction of cow corner. A legside bouncer is signalled as wide, another cross-batted swat from Kulasekara lands agonisingly short of Anderson at mid-on and they run one. Sangakkara moves to 93 with a single, Kulasekara nurdles a single to fine leg, and Sangakkara chops a single to steal the strike. That's 10 from the over, 95 needed from 13 overs.

  49.  

    Adrian, via text on 81111: No coincidence that we take a wicket when we have no choice but to attack because of the powerplay.

  50.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka should get home from here. Get to the 40th over, then the 45th, then the 47th and let's see where we are."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  51. 36 overs: 
    SL 189-3

    Interesting change in the batting order - Nuwan Kulasekara has been elevated from number eight to number five, presumably with licence to blaze while Sangakkara keeps pushing the singles. Sanga's on strike, he edges over gully for a single to third man. Anderson pings in a bouncer to Kulasekara, which is called as a wide, but a sense that maybe the pendulum has swung back towards England perhaps?

  52.  
    Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene added 85 for the third wicket in 14.3 overs
  53.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "There are times when the crowd can tell you what is happening without the need to look at the action. Jayawardene's wicket was just that occasion; they murmur as the bowler runs in, stand to crane their necks as the ball flies into the air, shouts of 'catch', waiting, and then... cheers, double-fisted celebrations. Wicket taken, breakthrough made."

  54. 35.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene c sub (Bairstow) b Anderson 42 (SL 187-3)

    England's brains trust - Cook, Anderson, Broad and Swann - have a conference at the bowler's end as umpire Dar signals the batting powerplay, which will mean only three men outside the circle for the next five overs. Anderson to bowl, Jayawardene lofts the ball high over square leg and sub fielder Jonny Bairstow takes the catch!

  55.  

    Finlay Jones: Anyone else having flashbacks to the World Cup? Sublime, untroubled Sri Lanka batting making England's total look pedestrian.

  56.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka haven't had the best of runs, and didn't bat well in Cardiff, but here it's been the three amigos who have been brilliant. Jayawardene and Sangakkara have done it in their own style, it's been wonderful to watch. But the job's not done, 107 runs is a long way to go. I think these five overs of the batting powerplay will be crucial."

  57. 35 overs: 
    SL 187-2 (target 294)

    Play resumes with one more over before the batting powerplay - Swann's hauled off with one over remaining, and England turn back to Bopara for what will surely be the penultimate Root/Bopara over. It's business as usual for the Sri Lankans as Jayawardene and Sangakkara help themselves to ones and twos against the Essex medium-pacer, seven from the over.

  58. 1939: 
    BBC coverage

    A reminder there are some big games coming up in the next couple of days - tomorrow, it's a de facto quarter-final between West Indies and South Africa in Cardiff, with Windies skipper Dwayne Bravo stoking the pressure by using the dreaded word "chokers". Then, it's India v Pakistan at Edgbaston on Saturday - you can hear build-up to that one on the BBC Asian Network from 0900 BST, and there's TMS commentary on both games on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  59.  

    Navid Mohammed: Looking at the rest of the Sri Lankan batting order, inexperience is the word I'd use. Get one of these wickets, the rest tumble.

  60.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "The trouble for England is that these two batsmen are both so experienced - they've done run chases like this in their sleep."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  61. 34 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SL 180-2

    England still have two Bopara/Root overs to get through, but need a wicket so turn back to Anderson, who they may have hoped to save for the batting powerplay. The force appears to be with Sangakkara as he swipes a four over where first or second slip may have stood in a Test field. Sanga clubs a single to the cover sweeper to move to 85, three more singles and that's eight off Anderson's over. The sound of those drums heralds a drinks break, with 114 needed from 16 overs.

  62.  

    Dave Graham: Why are England still wearing blue caps? The red ones are now available, on sale at Headingley - blue with the red looks silly.

  63.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "The Champions Trophy has its own version of the Olympic Games Makers, called the Cricketeers. Dressed in red, these incredibly happy volunteers show a lost journalist where to get accreditation, the way to the press box and where to find lunch. I'm sure they help other people too, because they are very, very nice people."

  64. 33 overs: 
    SL 172-2

    Still Swann for his penultimate over - he may complete his allocation here, so he doesn't have to bowl in the powerplay or at the death (neither of which he seems to favour). Jayawardene and Sangakkara keep the scoreboard ticking nicely with six effortless singles - I remember back in the days of manual scoreboards (we're talking late 1980s here), being very impressed watching a Hampshire game at The Oval, which seemed to have the quickest scoreboard in the country.

  65.  

    Dave in Belfast, TMS inbox: I'm not a physicist or a meteorologist but surely Alex is wrong [27th over]. If it's windy, all the turbulence will be blown away.

  66.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special
    Mahela Jayawardene

    "Jayawardene is such a wristy player, it's physical poetry. I don't think England will risk bringing Root back while these two are still in."

  67. 32 overs: 
    SL 166-2 (target 294)

    Bopara is back on at the Pavilion End, is this a sign that England have got the ball at that end to reverse-swing? His first ball is meat and drink to Jayawardene, who flicks him backward of square leg for four, a full toss from the Essex man is punched towards the extra-cover boundary where Root makes a good stop in front of the rope. A single takes him to 34, Sangakkara takes over and lashes a couple of twos - England are diving all over the place in the deep, but it's 11 from the over - when without some great fielding, it could easily have been 17.

  68.  

    Joe Thomson: Why are people criticising Trott, yet praising Sangakkara, who has a slower strike rate in his innings?!

    We've had The Trott Debate, please not a Sangakkara Debate...

  69.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I sense a close finish but I wonder if Sri Lanka have their noses in front, they're ahead of Duckworth-Lewis now."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  70. 31 overs: 
    SL 155-2

    Jayawardene inventively reverse-sweeps Swann for a well-run three down to third man. Two more singles leave Swann with 1-28 from his first eight overs.

  71.  

    Kenny Jarvis: Not sure there has been a better partnership in my lifetime than Sangakkara and Jayawardene. Fantastic to watch.

    I was speculating earlier whether they've scored more ODI runs batting together than any other partnership... they've been around a long time.

  72. 30 overs: 
    SL 150-2

    Jonathan Trott is off the field and is pictured in the dressing-room with a big ice pack strapped to his right thigh - that's why Bairstow's on. Jayawardene expertly bisects the boundary fielders at square leg and long leg, flicking Broad for four. A single takes him to 18, Sangakkara moves to 72 with a poke through the covers, and Broad bangs one in too short which Jayawardene pulls for four. A single off the last ball brings the 150 up and means with 20 overs left, Sri Lanka need 144 more - remember, lose and they're eliminated (and England go through), but a Sri Lankan win keeps the group wide open.

  73.  

    Steve, via text on 81111: Where McCullum would have fielders in, making Sri Lanka take some risks for their runs, Cook continues his negative, unimaginative captaincy and offers a single from every ball.

  74. 29 overs: 
    SL 139-2 (target 294)

    Swann begins his seventh over, Sangakkara and Jayawardene pick up a couple of singles. 155 needed from 21 overs (required rate is 7.38).

  75.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Whoever invented cricket and came to the conclusion that it should be 11 players got it spot on. You're always one short looking for the ideal balance - whether you're trying to fill in for the fifth bowler or looking for another fielder."

  76.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "England won't be happy as the ball that was replaced is reversing, and this replacement one only looks about six overs old."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  77. 28 overs: 
    SL 137-2

    Bopara's off and Stuart Broad returns - Jayawardene takes a pace down the pitch and effortlessly launches him for six over his head, the ball crashing into the advertising board by the sightscreen. But after a single from Jayawardene, Broad's not happy with the ball after its return - umpire Dar does something to it, watched by Cook and Anderson. Broad holds the ball cross-seam, but sends down a legside wide. A single takes Sangakkara to 70.

  78.  
    Joe Root Joe Root, who made 68 off 55 balls, finds the going tougher with the ball, taking 0-27 from his three overs
  79.  

    Alex in London, TMS inbox: I wish people would stop saying 'It's not swinging because it's cold'. In a study, on which the BBC reported back in May 2012, scientists suggested that the main factor affecting whether a ball swings or not is turbulence within the air. I couldn't help but notice, as I was buffeted around this afternoon, how windy it is today. No doubt a windy day has the same turbulence-causing effects.

  80.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Even if you're a cynic who thinks the players are working on the ball to get reverse swing, you've not got a lot of time to work on it - as with two new balls, for half of the time, the ball is in the umpire's pocket."

  81. 27 overs: 
    SL 128-2

    Jayawardene reverse-sweeps Swann but it's straight to short third man. Swann, collar up, has his four boundary riders at deep point, deep mid-wicket, long-on and cow corner. Jayawardene works a single off his legs, Sangakkara nudges a two to fine leg. And interestingly, Sri Lanka are two runs behind the D-L par score at this juncture.

  82.  

    Paul in Spain, TMS inbox: Yet more posts telling us how the failure of the top three to accelerate has lost us the match. Actually guys, it was the later order that failed us, with the splendid exception of Ravi. "Hit lots of fours and sixes without getting out" seems to be the mantra of the Belly-aching Army.

  83. 26 overs: 
    SL 125-2

    Sangakkara helps himself to a four off his legs as Bopara strays with his line again, a two takes the elegant left-hander to 67 from 76 balls. Jayawardene is just finding his feet, he has four from 13. Perhaps it's time to give Anderson and/or Broad an over or two?

  84.  

    Woodzeebeck in Switzerland, TMS inbox: I agree with Ian in Majorca [17th over]. If I was in an English bar in Australia after they'd given us a thumping, so to speak, and the Aussie team came in then I would not be offended at all. I'd go over for a chat.

  85.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook doesn't look very happy at all at the ball change - as the ball being used from the Pavilion End by Ravi Bopara was just starting to tail in. The ball is 12 overs old, but they've changed it - and to find a ball only 12 overs old, behaving in a similar way, will be difficult. I'd be interested whether the change came from the umpires, or whether the batsmen complained."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  86. 25 overs: 
    SL 119-2

    Swann is quickly through his over, three singles from it, and we've reached the halfway mark of the innings. And there's a change of ball between overs - it looks like one's gone out of shape.

  87.   
    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "We've been quite lucky to avoid any rain or weather interruptions here today, as county cricket has been affected all over the country."

    You can find commentary on all county games via the BBC Sport website.

  88.  

    Lee in Norwich, TMS inbox: Something about Warnergate just doesn't add up; the Australians were apparently in the "VIP area" of an "Aussie-themed pub" - isn't that the car park?

  89. 24 overs: 
    SL 116-2

    Bopara's radar strays with a legside wide, while Sangakkara and Jayawardene add five singles to the score. Sri Lanka need 178 from 26 overs - required rate is 6.84.

  90.  

    Sam Evans: There are some really dark clouds hanging around here. England need to get right on top of Sri Lanka, just in case.

  91. 23 overs: 
    SL 110-2

    Now, these two batsmen have played a massive 735 ODIs between them (most of them together) - Sangakkara is in his 342nd, while Jayawardene is in his 393rd. After they take a single apiece, with mid-off up, Sangakkara safely lofts Swann over long-off for four, before clipping a quick single to sub fielder Jonny Bairstow, who's sneaked onto the field.

  92.  

    Swifty, TMS inbox: Re: Tom M's question about bowlers' trousers [12th over]. 1: I'm Tom's boss. Get on with your work, Tom. 2: If the answer is that it is to allow players to put shin pads on quickly, how does that explain why Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are wearing them when they don't field close in front of the bat?

  93. 22 overs: 
    SANGAKKARA FIFTY- SL 103-2
    Kumar Sangakkara

    Sangakkara reaches his 73rd ODI fifty from 59 balls with a single off Bopara, who keeps it tight against new batsman Jayawardene - just that single from it.

  94.  

    Ade, via text on 81111: Sri Lanka scoring freely with very few risks. Take note, Ian and Alastair.

    In Ade's defence, he texted in before Dilshan played that shot!

  95. 21 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SL 102-2

    Mahela Jayawardene is the new batsman, Swann appeals for lbw on his first ball, but there's nothing doing, I think it hit outside the line.

  96.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's how to get a wicket - be thick as a batsman. How poor was that shot? No wonder Sangakkara gave him a look in amazement as they were coasting."

  97. 20.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Dilshan c Root b Swann 44 (SL 102-2)

    Swann begins his third over, and after three singles, Dilshan hands England a wicket on a plate as he holes out to Root, who hardly has to move at long-on!

  98.  

    Albert Freeman: So, David Warner apologised to Joe Root by text. What's the betting he started the text with "Aww, look..."?

  99.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "Runs have been hard to come by since the drinks break, Sri Lanka need to hold their nerve as the required rate is still very manageable."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  100. 20 overs: 
    SL 99-1

    Bresnan's off, England will try to smuggle through some more fifth-bowler overs as they turn to Ravi Bopara's military medium pace. Russel Arnold on TMS points out that Bopara's confidence must be "sky-high" after two impressive batting cameos in the last two games. Dilshan takes a single, Sangakkara taps a quick one to mid-off, and it's another tight over. At this stage, England were 85-1.

  101.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's not going to rain, but Sri Lanka are 10 ahead on Duckworth-Lewis at this stage."

  102.  

    Jordan King: Bowlers, stop looking for swing. It won't swing in cold conditions. In looking for it, you're bowling on leg stump - meaning easy runs.

  103. 19 overs: 
    SL 97-1

    Plenty of encouragement by Jos Buttler behind the stumps - Sangakkara should know all about that, considering how chirpy he used to be when he first came on the international scene as a young wicketkeeper. There's a bit of turn for Swann, again just two singles from the over.

  104.  

    Christopher Smith, TMS inbox: Re: Mark Lavender and Chris Ward, I don't think people are suggesting Ravi gets straight in the Test side on the back of one a very good over! In any event, Tests and ODIs are a whole different ball game. It's just nice to see him justify his selection in the side today. Coming in as a ODI 'finisher' is a difficult job and it's good for England to have two or three batsmen (Bopara, Buttler and Morgan) who can do it.

  105.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "If the better bowlers have to bowl at this stage, there won't be much for Cook to turn to in the crunch overs. You have to make the fifth bowler pay."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  106. 18 overs: 
    SL 95-1 (target 294)

    Bresnan in for his fifth over, it's a better one for England as only two singles are added.

  107. 1830: 

    While we wait for players to finish drinks, an interesting comment for "The Bopara Debate" from my BBC Sport colleague Oliver Doward:

    "Ravi Bopara has today equalled Michael Vaughan's record as the England specialist batsman who has played most ODIs (86) without reaching three figures. Surprisingly, the England player at the top of that list is Ian Botham on 116. The player with most runs for England in ODIs without a hundred is also rather unexpected - Graham Thorpe."

  108.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "England's need for a wicket is very real. After 16 overs, the par score on Duckworth-Lewis with one wicket down would have been 71. Sri Lanka way ahead. No sign of rain, mind, but that particular barometer has the Lankans on top."

  109.  

    Ian in Majorca, TMS inbox: One of the great things about following England cricket (the more so abroad) is the approachability of the players, who often appear in local bars and make themselves accessible to supporters, without an army of minders, such as you would expect with footballers. Long may it continue to be an integral part of the game at all levels. And if our players can't drink in an "Aussie themed bar", where will they go when in Australia?

  110.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sangakkara is sitting back in his crease because the pitch is slow, he'll wait to play the ball off the back foot. Swann will have to vary his pace, as otherwise the batsmen will pick him off."

  111. 17 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SL 93-1

    After the punishment Root took in that last over, England turn to their senior spinner Graeme Swann for the first time in this tournament. Dilshan pats a quick single to cover, Sangakkara pushes one through mid-wicket and a Dishan single to long-on heralds a drinks break. Dilshan has 39, Sanga has 44 and Sri Lanka are sitting pretty.

  112.  

    Martyn in Essex, via text on 81111: England's pedestrian start will catch them out. This wicket should realise 320-plus. Sri Lanka on top. Can't understand the mentality of England's top three. Number three should accelerate the scoring.

    Oh dear, we're back to the Trott Debate...

  113. 16 overs: 
    SL 90-1

    Dilshan pushes Bresnan for a quick two, making his ground at the striker's end - quick check with the third umpire and he's home in time. A single takes the right-hander to 37, Big Tim is penalised for an aerial wide, and Sangakkara moves to 43 with a single off his legs. Dilshan nicks the strike with a single to short third man. Meanwhile, Aggers is pleased to hear that Sri Lanka's most famous fan, Percy, has arrived in the UK and is at The Oval today.

  114.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder what Bresnan will call his baby? A good Yorkshire name, presumably. Could be Geoffrey."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  115.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's good to see Dilshan finding his timing, as that will take the pressure off Sangakkara. You want him to be in control."

  116. 15 overs: 
    SL 84-1 (target 294)

    Dilshan sweeps Root for four, which just evades the diving Morgan ad deep backeatrd square leg, before hoisting the young off-spinner over his head for the first six of the innings. Root will have to take that one on the chin. Dilshan helps himself to a single, Sangakkara punches a four past Swann at mid-off - and as Aggers points out on TMS, Swann might have castigated a fielder for letting that through, had he been bowling. Two moire singles and that's 17 from Root's over.

  117.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport

    "Here is the acid test of England's Champions Trophy masterplan. The platform being built by Sangakkara and Dilshan could see England's need to get 10 overs from Root and Bopara put under pressure. They managed 1-54 between them against Australia, but this is a tougher proposition."

  118. 14 overs: 
    SL 67-1

    Apologies as I forgot to mention the fifty partnership in that last over, as these two are rather effortlessly moving up through the gears. Sangakkara and Dilshan are playing risk-free cricket, helping themselves to ones and twos without too much trouble, taking six from Bresnan's over.

  119.  

    Stephen Doowner, TMS inbox: Surely the "tosh" on Root/Warner is from Mr Fripp [10th over].

  120.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Tuffers, you should wear your TMS tie on Loose Women. They'd love that. But I bet you won't."

  121. 13 overs: 
    SL 61-1

    Phil Tufnell has the TMS box in fits of giggles while revealing he's appearing on "Loose Women" tomorrow, umpire Bowden still has a Loose Hat - it blows away as Root begins a new over, which yields two singles and a two.

  122.  

    Tom M, TMS inbox: Can you or anyone else help enlighten a boring office debate: why are England's bowlers wearing trousers featuring a split it the seam secured by popper studs at the bottom? I believe the style was moderately fashionable a few years ago and was termed "break pants" by those in the know. The name derived from break dancing, I believe. But what's the point in them for cricketers? Taking your trousers off without removing your boots? Cooling down sweaty shins/easy access for calf muscle massage? Or some mind games to give the bowlers a bit of Bob Willis-style-at-Headingley-81 flare as they stride in?

    I think it helps bat-pad fielders put shin pads on more quickly...

  123. 12 overs: 
    SL 57-1 (target 294)

    While Tuffers on TMS politely points out that Sangakkara and Dilshan will have faced much more threatening spin bowlers than Joe Root in their combined 602 ODIs, Bresnan continues - he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2006, taking some particular punishment from Sanath Jayasuriya at Headingley when he went for 29 in his only two overs. Dilshan adds a two and a single, he's playing the supporting role at the moment and has 17 from 28 balls, while Sanga has 32 from 33.

  124.  

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan: Full credit to David Warner and the Aussie management for fronting up to the press...

  125.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport

    "Lovely evening sunshine at The Oval, but it's not warm enough to dispense with the jacket. The whole crowd is once again seated following the interval, returning with beers and burgers. Any suggestion that the wicket of Perera would start a procession has not been proved correct - not yet, at least - and there's an air of expectancy - anticipation to see if England can get through this powerful middle order. Wait, wait, wait..."

  126. 11 overs: 
    SL 54-1

    With the fielding restrictions over, England turn to spin - but not to Graeme Swann. With 10 "fifth bowler" overs to make up, they turn to the part-time off-spin of Joe Root, who'll have to combine with Ravi Bopara's medium pace to personify Bowler #5. Sangakkara helps himself to another three off his legs, three more singles are added by the second-wicket pair.

  127.  
    James Anderson With every wicket, James Anderson stretches his lead at the top of the England ODI bowling charts. Perera's dismissal was his 238th in ODI cricket
  128.  

    From Phil Moore in Henlow, via text on 81111: What came in between the Bell Debate and the Ramprakash Debate?

  129. 10 overs: 
    Ouch!- SL 48-1

    England's first change of bowling but ti's still seam for now as Tim Bresnan replaces Broad. Sangakkara gracefully threads Broad between point and cover for four. Along with his friend Mahela Jayawardene, who's due in next, the pair of them would be one of the first names on my team sheet if I were asked to assemble an Aesthetically Pleasing XI. Sanga moves to 28 with another careful three through the covers, before Dilshan is struck in the unmentionables by one that nips back at him. Nasty.

  130.  

    John Fripp, TMS inbox: I have never heard such a load of tosh regarding the Root/Warner affair during the break. The actions of both parties were totally unprofessional. To be out on the town during an international tournament at 2am cannot be defended. For the England players to visit an Aussie-themed bar is an act of provocation in itself.

  131. 9 overs: 
    SL 41-1

    Dilshan, light-blue bandana poking out of the back of his dark blue helmet, shoulders arms at Anderson before whipping a single to deep mid-wicket where Joe Root comes in off the boundary. (Wonder if anyone's relaying him details of the Warner-Clarke news conference?) Sangakkara moves to 21 with a single, Dilshan backs away as a bail blows off his stumps, but chops the last ball of the overs into the covers.

  132.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "England shouldn't be complacent. If anyone can come back and bite you, it's Sri Lanka."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  133.  

    Australia captain Michael Clarke on David Warner's ban: "I think David knows how I feel about the culture of this Australian team and how important I feel the standards are.

    "Although the punishment for David is quite harsh, that's the reality when you play for the Australian cricket team. This is not an IPL team. This is not state cricket. It's not county cricket. When you play for Australia there are standards you have to uphold.

    "He's admitted he's made a big mistake and he's going to suffer the consequences. His preparation is now restricted for the Ashes. David knows that what he has done does not meet the standards of an Australian cricketer and he is already suffering the consequences of that.

    "I've said for a long time it's not what you say it's what you do and this is an opportunity for Dave Warner to show the world what he does rather than what he says. We'll be 100% ready for the Ashes, there's no doubt about it."

  134. 8 overs: 
    SL 39-1

    Dilshan is beaten all ends up by Broad, the ball whistles through him but just fails to take the inside edge. Dilshan turns a single off his toes, Sangakkara takes a fresh guard and his eye looks to be in as he steps back and daintily swats Broad over point for four, before flicking another boundary off his hip down to fine leg. As a comparison, England were 30-0 at this stage.

  135.  

    Australia batsman David Warner is speaking at a news conference after being banned until the Ashes for an "unprovoked attack" on Joe Root in a Birmingham bar in the early hours of Sunday morning

    He says: "I'm here to apologise and I'm extremely remorseful for what I have done. I definitely remember the night. It started out with a few drinks in the bar and as a team we went to the Walkabout. I made a mistake and I put my hand up.

    "I'm grateful to still be on this tour. I've got no cricket in this month and I have to go back in the nets. Hopefully (I still have a part to play in the Ashes). I've got to be a bit smarter with what I do on and off the field.

    "It's up to me to be accountable for my actions, which I am, and try not to be aggressive like I did."

  136. 7 overs: 
    SL 30-1

    Sangakkara cuts a single, Dilshan - whose bat has plenty of tape on it - moves into double figures with another, but it's a tight over from Anderson who has 1-14 from four overs.

    And the David Warner/Michael Clarke news conference is under way - we'll try to bring you a few snippets from it, while if you refresh your screen, you may be able to watch it at the top of the page.

  137.  

    Greg Double: The Ravi Bopara No Appreciation Society, of which I am the founding member, has briefly disbanded.

  138. 6 overs: 
    SL 28-1 (target 294)

    Sangakkara pushes Broad for two, before he's beaten by a couple of lifting deliveries. A single to Trott down at fine leg takes Sangakkara - one of several former skippers in this Sri Lanka side - to 11. Dilshan has nine.

  139.   
    Justin Goulding, BBC Sport

    "Much is made of Kumar Sangakkara's relatively poor Test record in England - he averages 30 compared to almost 57 overall - but most batsmen would be proud of his one-day stats: he averages 50 in 17 ODIs in this country before today."

  140.  

    Mick Ames, TMS inbox: Really isn't the haters' day is it? Bopara's only taken a catch to add to his brilliant last over. If I were them, I'd follow something else other than this cricket match. Well done Ravi. You've probably dug England out of a hole. Wouldn't it be nice if he could round off a perfect day and take a hat-trick?

  141. 5 overs: 
    SL 25-1

    No Dilscoops yet from Tillakaratne Dilshan, he forces Anderson for a leg bye before retying his shoelace at the bowler's end. Sangakkara finds the boundary for the first time, guiding a four through square leg, before another leg bye enables him to keep the strike.

  142.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Until Bopara's fireworks in that last over, it looked as though that lbw decision against Morgan was going to be very costly for England. It didn't look right at the time - though umpiring is the hardest job out there. I used to walk, until I went out to play grade cricket in Australia and was told 'we don't do that here'."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  143. 4 overs: 
    SL 19-1

    Late afternoon/early evening sunshine around The Oval as Broad begins his second over, Sangakkara moves to four with a single, and Dilshan - who's only faced three deliveries in the first three-and-a-half overs - pulls a shorter delivery for four down through fine leg. A single takes Dilshan to nine.

  144.  

    Matt Lavender in Somerset, TMS inbox: Completely agree with Chris Ward [see earlier]. Fantastic to see Bopara making a big impact on the international stage... but it's long overdue and two cameos don't make an international career. He's still far from being a quality Test batsman.

  145. 3 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SL 13-1

    The left-handed Kumar Sangakkara is the new batsman - playing his 342nd ODI since his debut back in 2000 - and he's off the mark with a two off his first ball. England then think they've got him caught behind, there's a big appeal, umpire Billy Bowden shakes his head, England think about a review... but decide against it. Replays show it brushed his thigh pad - excellent decision, Billy. Sanga nicks the strike with a single.

  146.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a bit like the way England used to try to get Jayasuriya out early on - just push mid-on back a little. But it brings in one of the world's very best in Kumar Sangakkara, who I'd expect to bat in Ian Bell-mode - he's a wonderful player, although he doesn't have a great record in England."

  147. 2.2 overs: 
    WICKET- K Perera c Bopara b Anderson 6 (SL 10-1)

    Perera swipes Anderson down the ground as is pouched by Bopara at mid-on.

  148.  

    Jordan Harris: I remember the good old Cook Debate. Seems a while ago now.

    Ah yes, I remember the summer of 2010 when some people were calling for Cook and/or Pietersen to be dropped for the 2010-11 Ashes...

  149. 2 overs: 
    SL 10-0

    Stuart Broad takes the second over, Perera gets hold of him and swipes him over square leg for a first-bounce four. When he hits the ball to mid-on, Anderson aims at the bowler's end to try to run Dilshan out and nobody's backing up the throw, so they steal a single.

  150.  

    Rick in Glasgow, TMS inbox: Take away that over and what has Ravi given us in this game - nothing! No right to be in the team!

    I presume your tongue is firmly in your cheek...

  151.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Perera is almost a carbon copy of Sanath Jayasuriya, who he must have grown up watching - he even has the same mannerisms, fiddling with his pads."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  152. 1 over: 
    SL 5-0 (target 294)

    James Anderson takes the opening over, now out on his own as England's highest ODI wicket-taker on 237. Left-hander Perera, out for a golden duck in Sri Lanka's opening game in Cardiff, is off the mark with a single to third man, while the right-handed Dilshan clips his first ball off his legs for four.

  153.  

    Danny Payne: The Ravi Debate has succeeded The Trott Debate!

    And The Bell Debate before that!

  154. 1716: 

    Players heading to the middle. Bopara has a Cheshire Cat-sized grin on his face. It's Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan opening up for Sri Lanka - England fans may not have seen Perera before, he's only played eight previous ODIs and three T20 internationals (all this year), while Dilshan has 259 ODIs, 87 Tests and 48 T20 internationals under his belt - England should know all about him (and his trademark Dilscoop) by now.

  155.  

    Andrew, TMS inbox: Hot yet overcast and 'heavy' here in Kampala, Uganda. It would swing here OK - well, if Anderson were bowling!

  156. 1713: 

    So, as Aggers reminds TMS listeners, Sri Lanka must score 294 to stay in the tournament - lose and they're out, with England going through to the semis. But a Sri Lanka win keeps the group firmly alive. We'll be under way shortly.

  157.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "The key for England today will be a couple of early wickets. If Dilshan and Perera get going..."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  158.  

    Alex in Liverpool, TMS inbox: Paul, the "Ravi haters" have plenty of reason for being so, but I'm sure they can also applaud a job well done. I've been disappointed with him plenty in the past, but I'm glad he's doing the business so far in the tournament!

    And "The Bopara Debate" goes on...

  159.   
    Justin Goulding, BBC Sport

    "England have enjoyed their time at The Oval in one-day cricket. Of the 38 matches they have played there, they have won 22 and lost 15, with one no-result. Recent history certainly favours them: they have won their last five ODIs at this venue."

  160.  

    Chris Ward, TMS inbox: With regards to Paul in Canary Wharf, those of us Bopara doubters will simply say it's long, long overdue for him to start performing for England and he's lucky to have been given this many chances to do it.

  161.  

    Former England all-rounder Derek Pringle, now of the Daily Telegraph, on TMS: "Steve Waugh's Australia used to insist they always went out as a team after they won. It looks like there are a few schims and factions in this team. Apparently captain Michael Clarke's not been seen with his team lately, although he had time to go off to a celebrity 'do' with Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley in the Cotswolds. And given that they banned several players from a Test for not doing their homework, some might say Warner has got off lightly. You can't go round punching opponents - it's not rugby."

  162.  

    Adam Taylor: Ravi Bopara, 33 off 13! Liquid cricket! He's got a bat like a traction engine.

    Daniel Fox: The only way is Essex (CCC)! Ravi's 28 from that over has put England in pole position!

  163. 1704: 

    Plenty of discussion on the David Warner situation on TMS - here is Jonathan Agnew's verdict on the Australia opener's suspension in his latest column on the BBC Sport website.

  164.  

    Andrew in Barnsley, TMS inbox: Super batting from Bopara, but I don't think he's finished yet. This pitch will suit his bowling too!

  165. 1658: 

    South Africa's hopes of reaching the last four look set to be boasted by the presence of pace bowler Dale Steyn. The world's top-ranked Test bowler missed the first two group games with a side strain, but captain AB de Villiers said: "He bowled at 100% intensity yesterday.

    "It was sort of the first part of his fitness assessment and today he's doing a bit more. He's 99.9% ready, but we're just going to make sure this afternoon that he'll be ready to go. It's almost a yes, just not yet. Just got to wait a few hours and then we'll make the final call this afternoon, but it's looking good."

  166.  

    South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith: Never mind pressure on Proteas. Dwayne Bravo just put it all on himself! Not the smartest move from him I reckon.

  167.  
    Dwayne Bravo

    West Indies and South Africa meet at Cardiff on Friday, with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs. South Africa have hardly covered themselves in glory in pressure situations down the years, which hasn't gone unnoticed by West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo.

    "I think the South Africans will feel the pressure," he said. "They know if they lose, they are going back home. They have a tag of being chokers that do not do well in big tournaments, so that would be added pressure on them.

    "For us, we're going to enjoy the occasion and forget about what happens in previous games. It's a tournament; it's a knockout game. We've been in this situation before and do well and go beyond. So, no pressure is on us."

  168.  

    Paul Raghavan in Canary Wharf: "Hmmmm. Where are all the Ravi haters? second game in a row delivered with the bat to help rescue England!"

  169.  

    Paul Roe in North Yorkshire: 'm not a Bopara fan... but well played that man, fully deserved his place in first two games.

  170.  

    Jonathan Trott, who made 76 off 87 balls: "Joe Root played a magnificent innings and Ravi's innings has taken us from a position where we were pretty disappointed to a pretty above par score. We're pretty happy with where we are. We're pretty confident.

    "Here at The Oval you need to get close to the 300 mark; it's quite hard to stop people scoring when they get in. It's not as quick as the Oval traditionally is. We're going to have to field really well and back up the bowlers."

  171. 1646: 

    Wow. England need to get their breath back after that final onslaught - and so do we. Play should restart at about 1715 BST (we've got a shorter interval than normal), keep an ear on TMS where they're going to hear more on the David Warner situation.

  172.  

    Patrick Zagar: "Huge, huge over from Bopara, 294 will be tough to get against Anderson and Broad."

  173.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "The Oval is rocking, bought to its feet by Ravi Bopara. Every blow from the man who may once have thought his international career was over receives a bigger cheer. Chants of 'Ravi, Ravi' are even heard. Who would have thought that even a few weeks ago?"

  174.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Stand-and-deliver stuff from Bopara, that's a real lift for the dressing-room as Sri Lanka had bowled well in the previous five overs. That's a match-winning over in my book, superb batting. Just as things fell away in the last few overs, Bopara has come in and nailed it. Mission accomplished, back our bowlers and we'll win the game."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  175.   
    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "This has been the most profitable over in the tournament."

  176. 50 overs: 
    Eng 293-7

    Eranga to bowl the last over, Bopara clears the front leg and launches the first ball for the first six of the innings over long-on. Next ball is slower, Bopara clubs it for four through cow corner. Third ball, is wider from Eranga, Bopara throws everything at it and slaps it over cover, six more! As both umpires' hats fly off, Bopara launches a four over the bowler's head, and Billy B takes a comedy tumble retrieving his hat before he signals four. Fifth ball, Bopara squeezes a two past the bowler and ensures he'll be facing the last ball - it's a full toss and he whacks it over long-on for the third six of the over! 28 from it - and Bopara finishes with an astonishing 33 from 13 balls.

  177.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think if you'd offered England figures of 2-58 from Malinga at the start, they'd have taken it."

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  178. 49 overs: 
    Eng 265-7

    Sri Lanka have pulled this back jolly well, when you consider how well England were stacked after 40 overs. Malinga in for his last over, having switched ends - Broad dabs a single to third man, while a wild Dilshan throw almost earns him an overthrow. Bopara and Broad manage a couple of singles, while Bopara then punches to long-on and Broad runs very well, diving full-length to complete the second. A single takes Bopara to five, Broad launches Malinga's last ball over mid-off and away for four - Malinga finishes with figures of 10-2-58-2.

  179.  

    Max WHUFC Kellar: Re: Root's walk-on music, surely 'I'm Still Standing' would be the choice?

  180.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "You're not going to have things go your way all innings - England would have been delighted at 249-3."

  181. 48 overs: 
    Eng 255-7

    Left-hander Broad is off the mark with a single. Two overs left.

  182.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a classic late-overs yorker from Eranga. After four wickets in 15 balls, for only five runs added, it's now Stuart Broad in - and as we established earlier, he has a worse ODI batting average than Phil Tufnell."

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  183. 47.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Bresnan b Eranga 4 (Eng 254-7)

    Sri Lanka save Malinga's last over and turn back to Eranga - Bresnan drills a single to long-on, Bopara is finally off the mark with a single, and Big Tim is bowled trying to heave the bowler over his head.

  184.  

    Nick Bruzon: Root finally goes but a great innings - he's been punching well above his weight.

    I might have to issue you with a warn(er)ing about overdoing those puns...

  185. 47 overs: 
    Eng 252-6

    Tim Bresnan is the new batsman, still no news from the expectant Mrs Bresnan who is now about 10 days overdue with their first child... A fielding lapse allows him a second run from a gentle push to third man, a single brings Bopara on strike and he can't get a bat on Kulasekara's last delivery as the seamer finishes with 1-42 from 10.

  186.  

    Russ King: Editing my novel set in sunny Barcelona while rain and wind lashes the window. Hope the weather holds up at The Oval.

  187. 46.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 0 (Eng 249-6)

    So, two new batsmen in, Kulasekara's back and Jos Buttler edges his second ball to the keeper for a silver duck...

  188.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport

    "That double strike may not have done much for England's late charge, but it has cranked up the atmosphere inside The Oval. Sri Lanka's fans beat cheers in time with the drummers on the boundary edge, while flames are shot into the air for the first time today. If this ends up a close game, it could be quite a night."

  189.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "If England can get some of Sri Lanka's big three out early, you'd think they can boss this game."

  190. 46 overs: 
    Eng 249-5

    Bopara in at number seven to face the hat-trick ball - it's full, one of those dipping yorkers, but the Essex man just manages to keep it out. And poor old Morgan - the ball-tracker shows the ball hit his pad outside the line of off-stump, and suggests it would have missed the wickets anyway... But write off Malinga at your peril.

  191. 45.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan lbw b Morgan 13 (Eng 249-5)

    Jos Buttler is the new batsman, elevated above Ravi Bopara, but he's the non-striker as Morgan prods forward, they run a single while Malinga appeals for lbw and he's belatedly given out (by which time the ball had reached mid-on) - the Slinger's on a hat-trick!

  192.  

    Will Rider, via text on 81111: I'd just like to point out that Joe Root has reached double figures in all of his ODI innings. Starter.

  193.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "A little gem of an innings from Root - and it's good that all that's gone on in the last few days hasn't affected Joe Root the cricketer."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  194. 45.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Root c Jayawardene b Malinga 68 (Eng 249-4)

    The Slinger's penultimate over, but he seems to have lost his mojo somewhat as Morgan chips a low full toss for four through mid-wicket. A single brings Root back on strike, but his luck finally runs out when he spoons a slower ball over square leg and finally Sri Lanka hold on to one.

  195.  

    Former England football captain Gary Lineker: Sri Lanka keep dropping Root, which is more than Warner managed to do!

  196. 45 overs: 
    Eng 244-3

    Kulasekara's off with one over left, it's back to Eranga but Morgan and Root tuck in. slicing and carving ones and twos before Root gets the reverse-ramp out of his locker again, shovelling a two to third man. He has 68 from 53 balls, Morgan has eight from seven. Five overs left (including two from Malinga).

  197.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "A comedy drop brings cheers from the crowd, added to by the cruelly timed celebratory music. When Billy Bowden's hat goes flying, it feels like we're in a circus. No laughter from the Sri Lankans, though. Four catches gone down and now the bowling radar is awry."

  198.  

    Kev Walsh: Is Tillakaratne Dilshan the only player whose name can be sung to the opening bars of the On The Buses theme tune?

  199.  
    Tillakaratne Dilshan Tillakaratne Dilshan drops Joe Root, one of three chances the former skipper put down and four in the innings - so far
  200. 44 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 237-3

    Malinga back for his eighth over, Root skies a slower ball high into the air, two fielders leave it for each other - then at the last minute, keeper Kumar Sangakkara goes for the catch and shells it! That's four dropped today. They run one. Morgan pushes a two through the covers, then the wind gets up something rotten as umpire Billy Bowden's hat flies off, as do the bails. A single brings Root back on strike, he square-drives his fourth four through cover point (with no sweeper there), and Malinga slings the last ball down, short and wide, Root crashes it to the unguarded cover boundary again. Catches win matches...

  201.  

    Ashley, London, via text on 81111: No one doubts Trott's ability. Purely his strike rate. Today he's got the tempo perfect. Keeps the board ticking away. The issue comes when he reverts to well below 70 per 100, it then puts pressure on others... particular issue as he's a senior player.

  202. 43 overs: 
    Eng 225-3

    Eoin Morgan is the new batsman, a Root single brings the Dublin-born left-hander on strike, and he's swiftly into the action with a single. Root unleashes a "reverse ramp", hoisting Kulasekara over the vacant slip cordon for four, that nearly went for six! "Anyone trying that at home, make sure you've got a grille on your helmet," warns Tuffers on TMS. A single takes Root to 56 from 48 balls.

  203.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport

    "In his 43-ball fifty, Joe Root faced only nine dots."

  204.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a really good innings from Trott - 76 from 87 balls, and if you can bat like that relatively chance-free, that's what you want from your number three."

  205.  

    Dino: Re: Warner song - it's got to be "he swings to the left, he swings to the right" with mass choreographed punching actions.

  206. 42 overs: 
    WICKET- Trott lbw b Herath 76 (Eng 218-3)

    Sri Lanka keep the last three Malinga overs up their sleeves and recall left-arm spinner Herath for his final over - that at least stops the boundaries for now, but these two are getting better between the wickets, Root slog-sweeps a single to reach his fourth ODI fifty from 43 balls. But next ball, Trott is trapped in front and Herath has another wicket. Thanks to his captain, there's no review available, and a wicket with his last ball means Herath finishes with 2-46 from his 10.

  207.  

    Pooniah, TMS inbox: Weather update - gloriously sunny in Helsinki. Great conditions for batting.

  208.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport

    "Bright sunshine at The Oval now, but still the wind blows. Imagine a blustery day at the beach, when sand gets in your eyes and the wind-break blows over, then you will get the idea. As the interval approaches, spectators are turning their thoughts to food and the smell of burgers and chips wafts into the press box."

  209. 41 overs: 
    Eng 213-2

    Kulasekara replaces Eranga, and England have suddenly found another gear, with Trott hoicking a four through mid-wicket and Root blasting another boundary with a cross-batted baseball shot, while they're still busy with ones and twos. Not a great over from Kulasekara, 12 from it.

  210.  

    Nick Taylor: Malinga's bowling action is much like Jim Furyk's golf swing. Ugly, but effective.

    Feel free to send that to our US Open golf live text as well, Nick. With play suspended, they'll probably be happy to hear from you.

  211.   
    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "The highest batting powerplay in the tournament was South Africa's 39-2 in the opening match."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  212. 40 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 201-2

    Root skies Malinga into the air over towards short third man and astonishingly for such a good fielder, it's the third catch Dilshan has put down today, running back from backward point, again he can't hang on. They run two. Three busy singles take England to 200, Trott slogs across the line but straight to mid-on. A single off the last ball means England have taken 37 off that five-over spell, with no wickets lost - possibly the best batting powerplay they've had in a long time, and the second highest in the tournament.

  213.  

    Ben Wraith, TMS inbox: Trott is the perfect number three in my book. He comes in bats for nearly 40 overs and tries to let the other batsmen smash the runs. It's no good having 11 players who try and smash the cover off the ball and get out cheaply.

    Could we be reaching a shock consensus on The Trott Debate?

  214.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's about damage control for Sri Lanka now, as England have been very smart. Herath bowled very well but there was hardly any turn there - they have a lot of experience in their batting order, 992 ODI appearances between their three big guns."

  215. 39 overs: 
    Eng 195-2

    Eranga has a chat with captain Mathews at mid-on before beginning his seventh over, but Trott and Root are finding the gaps here, two singles preceding a well-placed cover-driven four by Trott. The Warwickshire man then plays the ball back to Eranga, who shapes to throw the stumps down as Trott retreats into his crease. A wide full toss is signalled as wide, two more singles end another profitable over.

  216.  

    Ben Thapa: I see David Warner is author of 'The Sweetest Rose: 150 Years of Yorkshire County Cricket Club'. Did Joe Root hate his book?

    Richard: As Mitchell Johnson won't be there 'He likes a good fight, he likes a good fiiight, David Warner, your batting is...

    His batting is... not right?

  217.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "I never faced Malinga, but the only bowler I could compare it to was [former South Africa left-arm chinaman bowler] Paul Adams, whose bowling action was likened to a frog in a blender - we didn't know where the ball was coming from, let alone where it would go."

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  218. 38 overs: 
    Eng 186-2

    Trott guides Malinga for a single to third man, bringing Root on strike against the Slinger for the first time. He manages to guide a slower ball for a two to third man, before a single brings up the fifty partnership. Malinga slings down a wide out of Trott's reach before the Warwickshire man powers a quick single to mid-on. Root tries to pull the last ball through mid-wicket but miscues and to-ends it through the covers for two. He has 33, Trott has 62.

  219.  

    James Benson: Trott just loves batting. He smashed his bat when out for a record 245 in Warwickshire 2nd XI debut - the super-adhesive of our line-up.

  220. 37 overs: 
    Eng 178-2

    Herath's off after nine overs and it's Shaminda Eranga back on. Single from Trott, then Root bends down to ramp-scoop Eranga over short fine leg for four. A single takes him to 28 from 25 balls, while Trott pokes a single to mid-on - so, seven off the over again.

  221.  
    Alastair Cook and Tillakaratne Dilshan After the David Warner-Joe Root incident, how nice to see Alastair Cook and Tillakaratne Dilshan gettng on so well today
  222.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Trott scored seven off that over, and it was all low-risk cricket. I'd take seven off an over during the powerplay, as you don't want a new batsman coming in at that stage."

  223.  

    Michael Hutchings: England much busier in the middle overs today, more singles than dots and the odd boundary. Great start.

  224. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 171-2

    So, time for the powerplay - and it'll be only three men outside the circle for overs 36-40. Malinga trots in, Trott pushes him for a two through the covers before whipping him off his pads for four through mid-wicket, it's only his third boundary (and England's first for nine overs) but it gets the crowd going. A single to third man mean it's a decent start to the powerplay for England.

  225.  

    Harry Hopwood: Not sure why people complain about Trott in ODIs. Come in and played fluent, assured innings, would have him at number three any day.

  226.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "It'll be interesting to see how these two play Malinga in the powerplay, it could be the crucial phase of the innings. I don't think Root will have faced Malinga before, so he's going to have to get used to that action - and watch out for that slower ball."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  227. 35 overs: 
    Eng 164-2

    Herath to bowl the final over before the batting powerplay, which has taken more England wickets in ODIs than most opposing bowlers. Herath has been happily plugging away for four or five an over, England manage a two and two singles from it.

  228.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Since the end of the 10th over, England have scored 122 runs from 144 balls, but only four fours. Accumulation, manoeuvring the ball and good running."

  229.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "I always say when you play at The Oval on a new pitch, 260 is the bare minimum. 280 is very gettable form this stage but I think they can get 300, although there's the Malinga factor."

  230.   
    Justin Goulding, BBC Sport
    Jonathan Trott

    "Jonathan Trott is averaging almost 74 in his last nine one-day innings for England. The form guide (in chronological order) reads: 71, 48, 68, 65*, 38, 37, 109*, 37, 43 - and that's before you even take into account today's contribution. Remind me which England batsman comes in for the most criticism..."

  231.  

    Andy Craig: Not sure why, but whenever I see Tillakaratne Dilshan playing I find myself singing his first name to Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi."

  232. 1520: 
    DRINKS BREAK

    Billy Bowden extravagantly signals for the drinks break, and even the sun has come out.

  233. 34 overs: 
    TROTT FIFTY- Eng 160-2

    Root blasts Mathews for a two through mid-wicket, the young Yorkshireman guides a single to backward point. Trott punches a single to long-on to bring up his 21st ODI fifty (in his 62nd ODI) from 63 balls. Well done him.

  234.  

    Paddy, Belfast, via text on 81111: Re: Rob in Brighton (28 overs) Most international teams would be more than happy all out for 315 in 45 overs, rather than having to score at 11 an over from 35 overs on 150 to reach the same total. I understand your point, but there ARE prizes for scoring seven an over for 45 overs - World Cups and Champions Trophies!

  235. 33 overs: 
    Eng 155-2

    Herath begins his eighth over, it's more well-run ones and twos - Root glides to 16, Trott is up to 49.

  236.  

    Hannah Gawthorpe: Final legal exams over. Time to concentrate on something important... Cricket.

  237.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Root gets Trott going, they run together particularly well."

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  238. 32 overs: 
    Eng 148-2

    Dilshan's off after going for 29 in four overs, and captain Mathews recalls himself to the attack - which slows the scoring somewhat. Root chops a sigle, Trott forces a two to fine leg - but having failed to ground his bat, it's one short, signalled by Billy Bowden - although in a characteristically unorthodox manner, he taps his left shoulder with his right hand (when it should be tapping your shoulder with the same arm.

  239.  

    Mike Wren, London, via text on 81111: To Mick in Kent (11 overs) Mitchell Johnson is not in the Aussie Test squad for the Ashes.

  240.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "There's a decent amount of support for Sri Lanka inside The Oval, plenty on their feet when Cook was dismissed. Flags waved and inflatable blue sticks banged together. While the plentiful England fans simply produce that cricket-ground hum, it is the Sri Lankans who make most noise."

  241. 31 overs: 
    Eng 146-2

    Herath in for his seventh over, Trott and Root busily push four singles - Trott up to 46 (from 56 balls), Root has 10 from eight.

  242.  

    Jordan King: I'm liking England's approach so far, quiet but very productive accumulation before a bash in the last 15 overs.

  243. 30 overs: 
    Eng 142-2

    We're almost at the stage where under the "old rules", you could double the score at 30 overs to give a vague approximation of a total to aim for - though I'm not sure if you can apply that theory any more. Root and Trott are comfortable adding ones and twos against Dilshan, who's quickly through his over, although Trott has to run hard when Root calls him for a two off the last ball.

  244.  

    Matt Graham: I think Root should walk on to bat with the Rocky theme song playing!

  245. 29 overs: 
    Eng 134-2

    Joe Root is the new batsman, he immediately lands a metaphorical punch on Herath with a single off his first ball. Trott moves to 42 with a single, and Root nicks the strike with another.

  246.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm a bowler, and I think that was a bit unfair on the batsman - he must have been 10 feet down the crease."

    Jonathan Agnew adds: "A left-arm spinner in your day would never have got that one in a million years, but now they get them, even without technology."

  247. 28.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook lbw b Herath 59 (Eng 131-1)

    Now, it's not a no-ball as Herath was a yard behind the line, but was Cook outside the line? Nope - impact in line, and hitting three-quarters of the way up middle stump.

  248.  
    UMPIRE REVIEW

    After a couple of singles, Cook sweeps at Herath, is given out lbw by umpire Aleem Dar but might he review it? Yes he will...

  249.  

    Rob in Brighton, TMS inbox: I really don't understand all the negativity that surrounds England's batting. If you can get to 35 overs on 150-160 on the board with wickets in hand, you give yourself a great chance of getting a good total. There are no prizes for scoring seven an over and being all out in 45 overs. England know they're not the best ODI team but they are playing sensibly and giving themselves the best chance at winning.

  250. 28 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 129-1

    Dilshan's gone for 18 in his first two overs but gets a third - and he misses a caught-and-bowled chance as Cook comes down the wicket and forces the ball back towards the bowler, Dilshan dives to his right but can only get his fingertips to it. The bowler then collides with the non-striker, bundling Cook to the ground but they manage to run a single anyway. Three singletons from the over.

  251.  

    Matthew Underwood: Go like this, with Morgan, Root and Buttler still to come and England can get to a very defendable 250, going good.

  252.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport

    "We're haven't been blessed with sunshine, but the skies above south London are definitely clearing. The grey clouds have been blown across the ground, with the tiniest hint of blue appearing over Archbishop Tenison's School. Rain missed?"

  253. 27 overs: 
    Eng 126-1

    A much better over from Herath - only a single apiece from Trott (39) and Cook (56).

  254.  

    Peter Harris: These two are setting a great platform. T20s have shown you can score 150 in 15 overs especially with powerplay and ball 18 overs old.

    Even when six of those "death" overs can be bowled by Malinga?

  255. 26 overs: 
    Eng 124-1

    Trott reverse-sweeps Dilshan for four, a single takes him to 36 - while Charles Dagnall and Tuffers on TMS ponder whether Sri Lanka should bring Malinga back for a quick burst to blast out a wicket or two. England look comfortable picking Dilshan off, they add five singles to Cook's boundary.

  256.  

    Ben in Deansgate, via text on 81111: I think 250 is the key score here; if we can clear that I think we are favourites. You would back Sri Lanka to chase anything less.

  257. 25 overs: 
    Eng 115-1

    Never mind Dusseldorf, those umbrellas which were raised around the 20th over seem to have been lowered for now. Cook and Trott help themselves to more singles against Herath, while Trott gets a fortunate inside edge past the stumps. Six singles, "fairly routine" according to Charles Dagnall on TMS.

  258.  

    Matt Shoesmith, TMS inbox: Weather update for you: Just started raining in Dusseldorf. Hope that helps...

  259.   
    Justin Goulding, BBC Sport

    "England and Sri Lanka have been evenly matched in one-day cricket since their first meeting at Colombo in 1982. Although England won eight of the first nine encounters, the overall record reads: 50 matches, 26 England wins, 24 Sri Lanka wins."

  260. 24 overs: 
    COOK FIFTY- Eng 109-1

    Sri Lanka turn to off-spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan as their sixth bowler - and Cook breaks the shackles by cutting his first ball for four - England's first boundary for eight overs. The skipper helps himself to two twos, and a single through mid-wicket brings up his 17th ODI fifty from 72 balls.

  261.  

    Tim Freeman: Any score above 230 will be tough to beat in these conditions.

  262.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a distinct plan here from England, as if you lose early wickets to those two white balls, you're not going to score big totals. It's taken away the excitement of the pinch-hitter at the beginning, but apart from that, I think the new rules are an improvement."

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  263. 23 overs: 
    Eng 100-1

    As if to confound Stephan's last statistic, Trott straight-drives Herath for a single to long-on, he and Cook are happy to milk Herath for singles and there's a smattering of applause for England reaching three figures.

  264.  

    Richard Parfitt: England need runs early on, won't get many at the end against Malinga.

  265.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "England have scored only four runs in the 'V' between mid-on and mid-off, with runs coming almost exclusively square of the wicket. Does that tell us that this wicket is on the slow side?"

  266. 22 overs: 
    Eng 96-1

    More steady progress from England's second-wicket pair, five singles from Kulasekara's over. Can we expect another 10 or so overs of this?

  267.  

    Alex Eyre: Perfect swing conditions for Anderson. I can see him being the difference this afternoon.

  268.   
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "London in the summer: grey, chilly and very windy. The trees behind the scoreboard to my left are bowing in the breeze, a gust that is at the back of Rangana Herath as he bowls from the Pavilion End. Spectators in the shelter of the concourse are now partaking in a late lunch comprised mostly of liquid. Those still braving the elements are huddled beneath coats and jumpers."

  269. 21 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 91-1

    Cook tries to reverse-sweep Herath, there's a stifled appeal but there was a bottom edge on that as the ball squirms away for a single. Trott rotates the strike, then Herath yells another appeal as Cook is hit on the pad, this time from an orthodox sweep, but he had got well outside the line of off stump and they run a leg bye. Three more singles mean it's six from the over, though we've not had a boundary for a while.

  270.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "You always feel when Jonathan Trott's at the crease, a run-out is never too far away - and he nearly ran himself out there."

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  271. 20 overs: 
    Eng 85-1

    Kulasekara returns for his sixth over, there are a few umbrellas going up around The Oval, and after a single from Cook, Trott dabs the ball to short third man, sets off for a run, is sent back by the skipper and has to dive for his crease - luckily Dilshan's throw just misses the stumps.

  272.  

    Ruth Rogers, TMS inbox: Sat at The Oval watching the crazy camera on strings zooming around above the pitch. How many runs do you get if the ball hits the camera?!

  273. 19 overs: 
    Eng 84-1

    Time for some spin - it's the stocky slow left-armer Rangana Herath, who always looks pretty innocuous but is one of the top-ranked bowlers in the world, and in last year's Test series in Sri Lanka, England were playing him as though they were facing Shane Warne. Two singles and a two from the over.

  274.  

    Sheppard lad: Where has the pinch hitter gone? So dull these English openers! I wouldn't pay to watch defensive strokes for 20 overs!

  275. 18 overs: 
    Eng 80-1

    Trott and Cook plunder three singles from Eranga's fifth over before Cook threads a three through the leg side. Trott chops a single to the Slinger at third man - he has 19 from 19 balls, which surely not even the Trott-bashers could complain about at this stage. The Chef has 31 from 52.

  276.   
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm looking forward to seeing Malinga up against Jos Buttler later on."

  277.  

    Mick Brazil, TMS inbox: There's a whole lot of hand rubbing about Australia's indiscipline and injury problems. As an England fan I hope Clarke comes back and Warner turns it round and comes back hard. I'd rather England beat a full strength Australian team in a closely fought series. Remember 2005. That was the sort of series that made young kids want to take up cricket!

  278. 17 overs: 
    Eng 73-1

    Cook guides Mathews off his legs, the Slinger gives chase and they run an easy two. Two singles, no fireworks just yet.

  279.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's hard for players from the subcontinent in conditions like this - your hands are cold, your palms hurt each time you field the ball. You may even find players with hand-warmers in their pockets. Sri Lanka have their backs against the wall here, but they won't try to worry about what's already happened - just try to control the controllables today, attack the England bowlers early and make them feel grumpy."

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  280.  

    Ed Palmer: How about Trott comes in if Cook's out first, otherwise Root or even Morgan to generate momentum and stop pressure building?

  281. 16 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 69-1

    Still steady accumulation from Trott and Cook - much as you'd expect - while Russel Arnold on TMS explains how Eranga picked up a wicket on his international debut in all three formats ("even if the one in Tests was a wide half-tracker to Shane Watson"). England add some ones and twos - Cook has 24, Trott has 15, and it's time for drinks.

  282.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka's players are playing in black armbands today because of the passing of a very respected umpire from Sri Lanka, KT Francis, who stood in 25 Tests, including Sri Lanka's first against England in 1982, and 56 ODIs, and has died at the age of 73."

    Aggers adds: "I played in many games with KT umpiring. Such a nice man."

  283. 15 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 63-1

    Cook guides Mathews for a single, then Trott - who's not made less than 37 in his last nine ODIs - unleashes a lovely on-drive for four. A single takes him into double figures, then Cook cuts - and is dropped by Tillakaratne Dilshan diving to his right at backward point, he's normally an excellent fielder but can't hold on to this one despite getting his hands to it.

  284.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "We're very fond of the old pavilion here at The Oval - our old commentary box was up there. The 'Leg Over' happened there, for goodness' sake!"

  285.  

    Patrick Brennan: Just picking my jaw up off the floor as Ian Bell gets out softly when playing well.

  286. 14 overs: 
    Eng 57-1

    Trott rears away from another bouncer from Eranga, giving the bowler some chat after it has gone through. When Eranga strays down the leg side, Trott flicks him away but is denied a boundary by the sprinting, diving Kulasekara at fine leg. They run two. Trott moves to five with a single through the covers. Celebrity spot in the crowd - former Manchester City and Sunderland manager Peter Reid is picked out by the TV cameras, while Russel Arnold on TMS reveals himself to be... a Manchester United fan. Cook moves to 22 with a single.

  287.  

    Nicholas Miles: England are batting at almost four an over in the first 10 overs on a cloudy day against Malinga! Let's give them a little credit.

  288.   
    Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a bowling day - you'd think Sri Lanka would be trying to contain England to around 230-240."

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  289. 13 overs: 
    Eng 53-1

    Alec Stewart reassures TMS listeners that today's game is a sell-out, and the empty seats are just from fans coming in late. Having lost his opening partnership, Cook is watchful against Mathews, playing out four dot balls befoire adding a single. Trott knocks a single off the last deliveries - he has two from three balls, Cook has 21 from 38.

  290.  

    Bert in Yorkshire, TMS inbox: In this year's IPL, in a match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, Dishant Yagnik took guard against the bowling of Lasith Malinga so deep in his crease that he had his back foot actually behind the stumps. As a result, he managed to get under a perfect Malinga yorker and get it away to the boundary for four runs.

  291.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've just seen Jonathan Trott signal to the dressing-room for a change of gloves. How long has he been out there, two balls? And I'm a Trott fan."

  292. 12 overs: 
    Eng 51-1

    New batsman Jonathan Trott's first ball is a wide, he and Cook exchange singles to bring up the fifty for England before Trott ducks a bouncer.

  293.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "He only half hit if he'd gone all the way through he'd have gone all the way for six. Ian Bell's done the hard work there, and now he's walking back shaking his head because he knows he's got himself out - 20s and 30s do not win games, as New Zealand showed England in the first two ODIs."

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  294. 11.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c K Perera b Eranga 20 (Eng 48-1)

    Single from Cook, Bell tries to flick Eranga through the leg side and is caught at mid-wicket, although Perera juggles it and catches it at the second attempt.

  295.  

    Mick in Kent, via text on 81111: Is Mitchell Johnson the only beneficiary from Warnergate? He must be relieved that the Barmy Army have a new target to antagonise during the Ashes.

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Live Scores - England v Sri Lanka

 

  • Sri Lanka beat England by 7 wickets
  • England: 293-7 (50.0 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 297-3 (47.1 overs)
  • Venue: The Oval

Sri Lanka Innings

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K Perera c Bopara b Anderson 6
Dilshan c Root b Swann 44
Sangakkara not out 134
M Jayawardene c Sub b Anderson 42
N Kulasekara not out 58
Extras 7w 6lb 13
Total for 3 297

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