England vs Sri Lanka

Match info: England v Sri Lanka ODI Series 2014 at Emirates Old Trafford - 3rd ODI

Date: 28th May 2014 Umpires: C B Gaffaney and M A Gough

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score


73/0 (12.1 Overs)


Sri Lanka

67 All out (24.0 Overs)

England win by 10 wickets

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  • England win by 10 wickets

    The forecasts suggests the rain would be the only winner here today. No forecasts suggested England would be such comprehensive victors. After being bowled out for 99 on Sunday, England have responded in superb style to rout Sri Lanka for just 67 and then chase that target with minimal fuss and no wickets down. England lead 2-1 with two matches to play. The next instalment is at Lord's on Saturday - join us then.
  • Over 13 - England 73/0 (Cook 30, Bell 41)

    Bell finishes the game in style, launching the ball down the ground for six. As emphatic a 10-wicket victory as you will ever see.
  • Over 12 - England 67/0 (Cook 30, Bell 35)

    Bell sweeps Priyanjan for a single before Cook whips a half-volley wide of Malinga at mid-on and picks four. Not the most concerted chase from Malinga, it's fair to say. Scores level.
  • Over 11 - England 62/0 (Cook 26, Bell 34)

    Bell looking to finish things off now, driving Herath down the ground for four and adding another boundary with a trademark late cut. Glorious shot. England need just six to win. Cook resists the temptation to try and do it in one ball.
  • Powerplay

    England take the batting powerplay. Might as well.
  • Over 10 - England 53/0 (Cook 26, Bell 25)

    Priyanjan into the attack, and England reach 50 without loss. Cook and Bell contributing 24 runs each to that landmark. Cook and Bell continue to work the bowler around as the powerplay comes to an end.
  • Over 9 - England 49/0 (Cook 23, Bell 24)

    Cook picks up two through point before slapping Herath hard to deep midwicket for a single. The next ball is short and wide, a gift for a player who cuts as well as Bell does. Even this slow, damp outfield can't stop that running away for four. Light drizzle is falling here, but the players are staying out there as the over ends with two more singles. Only 19 more runs needed now.
  • Over 8 - England 40/0 (Cook 19, Bell 19)

    Spin from both ends now as Senanayake enters the attack. Bell drives him through the offside for three before Cook flicks him into the legside for two. An lbw appeal next ball is sent upstairs but is only clipping leg stump, so the original decision stands. Cook cuts the next ball hard behind point for a hard-run three as England look to wrap up victory before any rain comes along.
  • Over 7 - England 32/0 (Cook 14, Bell 16)

    Sri Lanka turn to spin with Herath. A thick outside edge to third-man brings two for Bell, who adds a scampered single when his drive is only half-stopped at cover. Cook sweeps to deep square-leg for a single, and Bell adds another with a cut shot. It's got awfully dark again at Old Trafford. There could yet be a rain-based twist here.
  • Over 6 - England 27/0 (Cook 13, Bell 12)

    Controlled hook shot from Bell as he drags a Malinga bouncer through midwicket from way outside off stump and scampers three. Drop! Cook pulls the next ball to square-leg where Senanayake drops a relatively straightforward chance moving to his left. England have got the required rate below a run an over.
  • Over 5 - England 22/0 (Cook 12, Bell 8)

    Another neat clip off the pads brings Cook two. Those are the only runs from the over. The equation is now 46 to win from 270 balls as the required rate hovers at just above one an over.
  • Over 4 - England 20/0 (Cook 10, Bell 8)

    Bell works Malinga into the legside for a two and a single. Just to confirm, tea will be taken at 5.50pm if England haven't already reached their target. Fun and games if they're about five runs short and then during tea it starts raining. Cook pinches a good quick single from the last ball of the over.
  • Over 3 - England 16/0 (Cook 9, Bell 4)

    England need to be 15/0 or 18/1 (or 64/9) after 20 overs to win this on Duckworth-Lewis should the rains come. Important information there. You never know. Cook picks up three for a clip through midwicket, and Bell adds a single with a thick inside edge. A floaty half-volley from Kulasekara gives Cook another chance to whip the ball off his pads and this time he times the ball sweetly enough to get the ball to the rope for four. Next ball finds the outside edge but doesn't carry to second slip.
  • Over 2 - England 7/0 (Cook 2, Bell 4)

    Malinga's first over is a good one until the last ball, a wide half-volley that Bell crunches to the point boundary. Just 61 more needed for victory.
  • Over 1 - England 3/0 (Cook 2, Bell 0)

    England off the mark with a wide down the legside from Kulasekara, before Cook cuts past point for a couple. Well ahead of the rate.
  • Chase

    England's openers Cook and Bell out in the middle to chase just 68 for victory here. England have about 85 minutes to get these before the tea interval.
  • Sri Lanka 67 all out

    Just a 10-minute turnaround between innings due to the speed with which Anderson, Jordan and Tredwell have demolished Sri Lanka's batting line-up. Anderson was magnificent with the new ball, Jordan backed him up superbly and England held everything that came their way in the field. Astonishing.
  • WICKET! Malinga lbw b Jordan 2

    Sri Lanka been and gone for 67 as Jordan pins Malinga lbw with a ball that skids low. Astonishing performance from both sides - even more so given what happened in the second game of the series. Five wickets for Jordan, who is having quite a summer.
  • Over 23 - Sri Lanka 65/9 (Herath 0, Malinga 0)

    Wicket-maiden for Tredwell. Sri Lanka on course for their third-lowest ODI score.
  • WICKET! Senanayake c sub (Woakes) b Tredwell 0

    Senanayake decides there's no point prodding and poking, and tries to smack Tredwell down the ground. But there's a man out, and sub fielder Woakes takes a smart catch running round from long-on.

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