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ENG212(47.0ov)SL232/9(50.0ov)

Sri Lanka beat England by 20 runs
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Lasith Malinga

46.6Pradeep to Wood

W
OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Wood can't negotiate it! He has nicked it behind to the keeper. Jubilation scenes out there as the Lankan players are running all around the ground in happiness. Pradeep bowls the perfect Test match line. It is on a length and around off, Wood plays inside the line, the ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the hands of the keeper. The Lankan players appeal and the umpire raises the finger. SRI LANKA WIN THE GAME BY 20 RUNS!

46.5Pradeep to Stokes

1
Very full again, Stokes works it through mid-wicket and takes one. Once again, Wood has one ball to face.

46.4Pradeep to Stokes

0
A low full toss outside off, Stokes jams it through covers. He thinks of two but then does not even take one.

46.3Pradeep to Stokes

4
FOUR MORE! Unreal stuff from Stokes. He is doing it all by his own! 22 in 21 now. Game evenly poised again. The slower one on middle, Stokes goes down on one knee and manages to drag it past short fine leg for a boundary.

46.2Pradeep to Stokes

4
FOUR! Top, top shot! Stokes has managed to find the gap! 26 needed in 22 now. Another low full toss outside off, Stokes shuffles across and whips it past mid-wicket. It is away from long on and it trickles over the fence.

46.1Pradeep to Stokes

0
Extremely full, good ball to begin with! Stokes whips it to mid on.

45.6Udana to Wood

0
Wood does! Udana lands it on a length and around off, Wood plants his front foot forward and defends it onto the ground. 30 needed in 4.

45.5Udana to Stokes

1
Takes the single does Stokes! Wood has one ball to play out. Full and outside off, this is jammed through covers for one.

45.4Udana to Stokes

2
Lovely, lovely running and also smart batting by Stokes. This is a very slow ball on middle, Stokes works it towards mid-wicket with very soft hands. They take one, then go for the second. Wood slips while turning back but still manages to make it in.

45.3Udana to Stokes

0
Stokes once again uses his feet but this time does not get to the pitch of the ball. Defends it. Sensible batting.

45.2Udana to Stokes

6
SIX! BANG! Consecutive biggies for Stokes! 33 needed in 28 now. This is a powerful stroke. He dances down the track, gets to the pitch of it and clobbers it over the long off fence for a biggie. 200 up for England.

45.1Udana to Stokes

6
SIX! BOOM! That is right out of the middle and it clears the fence with ease. Udana goes full, right in the zone for Stokes. He tonks it over the long on fence for a biggie.

44.7Malinga to Stokes

1
Stokes keeps strike! He works this through square leg for one. Malinga is looking at Kusal Mendis furiously. He knows that could have been the game. Malinga has no overs left.

44.6Malinga to Stokes

0
Has that been dropped? Not sure as of now! How costly will this prove. Yes, it is a tough chance but they need to be taken. Malinga goes full and on the pads, Stokes whips it uppishly towards square leg. Mendis moves to his right and looks to take it inches above the ground but can't hang on. Malinga is down on his haunches. He knows this could be very costly.

44.5Malinga to Stokes

0
Once again does not take the run! Full and on off, Stokes whips it through mid on. Two balls to go. Will he take a single now, on the next ball?

44.4Malinga to Stokes

0
Another slower one outside off, Stokes strokes it through covers and denies the run.

44.3Malinga to Stokes

WD
This is wide! It is way too wide outside off, Stokes lets it be.

44.2Malinga to Stokes

0
Full and wide outside off, just within the tramline. Stokes lets it be.

44.1Malinga to Stokes

0
Goes very full outside off, difficult to get under those. Stokes jams it out to the bowler.

43.6Udana to Wood

0
Wide outside off, Wood leaves it alone. End of a successful over. Just the run and a wicket from it. 47 needed in 36. Stokes needs to do it all by himself.

43.5Udana to Wood

0
A yorker on middle, Wood manages to jam it out.

43.4Udana to Archer

W
OUT! Archer holes out! Once again, this shot can be questioned with Stokes at the other end. He walks back disappointed. The pressure surely got to him. It is the slower one outside off, Archer looks to clear long on but does not get the power behind the shot. It goes straight to Perera there who takes it above his head. Lanka just the wicket away now from a win.

43.3Udana to Archer

0
Lovely shot but for no runs! Fuller and on off, Archer strokes it nicely but finds the man at covers.

43.2Udana to Stokes

1
On the fuller side and on middle, Stokes hits it firmly towards long on but just for a run.

43.1Udana to Stokes

0
Slower one just inside the tramline on the off side. Stokes leaves it along. Stokes wants a wide but the umpire is spot on.

42.6Malinga to Archer

0
The last ball is negotiated! Malinga now has only one left. On the pads, Archer works it towards square leg. 48 in 42 needed.

42.5Malinga to Archer

0
Goes short this time and on the body, holds in the wicket too. Archer looks to pull but misses to get hit on the body.

42.4Malinga to Stokes

1
Another very full delivery on off, Stokes works it down to long on and gets to the other end.

42.3Malinga to Archer

1
Archer gets off strike! Malinga goes full again, Archer gets his bat down in time and works it through mid-wicket for a single.

42.2Malinga to Archer

0
A yorker! Archer gets his bat down in time, ahead of the pads and jams it out.

42.1Malinga to Archer

0
In the air... safe! Goes length first up! Archer looks to flick but ends up chipping it but well short of mid-wicket.

41.7Udana to Archer

1
Another full toss this time Archer hits it wide of short cover. Stokes wanted two but Jofra says no. Good decision as the second was never there.

41.6Udana to Archer

0
Full toss on off, Archer hits it straight to short cover. He has one ball to face.

41.5Udana to Stokes

1
Slower ball on off, Stokes strokes it towards sweeper cover and gets to the other end.

41.4Udana to Stokes

0
Play and a miss. Outside off this time inside the tramline, Stokes looks to hit but misses.

41.3Udana to Archer

1
EDGED BUT SAFE! Good length ball outside off, Archer looks to play the cover drive but gets an outside edge which goes past the first slip and towards third man for a single.

41.2Udana to Stokes

1
Good comeback. Bowls a very full ball which is almost a yorker. It is on off, Stokes manages to squeeze it to deep point for a single.

41.1Udana to Stokes

WD
WIDE! Not the start he would have wanted. He has bowled a length ball outside the tramline. Wided by the umpire.

40.6Silva to Archer

0
OHHHHH! Almost another there. This is flatter and on middle, Archer looks to work it on the leg side but closes the face of the bat a touch early. It goes off the leading edge and falls well short of the cover fielder. End of a magnificent over for Sri Lanka. This over has probably turned the game in their favor.

40.5Silva to Rashid

W
OUT! They are falling like a pack of cards here! Sri Lanka are over the moon at the moment. From 170 for 5 England are 178 for 8 and in deep, deep trouble. Dhananjaya gets his second in the over. This is flatter and outside off, Rashid looks to push it through the off side but gets a thick outside edge which Perera hangs onto. Sri Lanka are just the two wickets away now.

40.4Silva to Stokes

1
Slightly shorter in length and outside off, Stokes goes back and pushes it through covers for one.

40.3Silva to Stokes

0
Flatter and on the stumps, Stokes defends it onto the ground.

40.2Silva to Rashid

1
Fuller and on off, Rashid strokes it down to long on for one.

40.1Silva to Woakes

W
OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! All of a sudden, Sri Lanka are right on top here. They are into the bowling all-rounders now. Dhananjaya bowls this one flatter and outside off, Woakes goes back and looks to cut but the ball is too close to play that shot. He gets an outside edge straight into the hands of the keeper. 57 needed in 59 only three wickets in hand.

39.6Pradeep to Stokes

0
A full toss, Stokes fails to take toll of it as he flicks it to mid-wicket.