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ENG VS SL Cricket Commentary

Super 12 - Match 2901-Nov-2021

163/420.0 oversRun rate: 8.15
VS
137/1019.0 oversRun rate: 7.21
England beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs
Sri Lanka First innings
018.618.6: Moeen Ali to Maheesh Theekshana, OUT! A full ball, on middle. Maheesh Theekshana comes down the track and tries to go over long on but finds Chris Jordan who takes a good catch near the ropes. England have been exceptional in the field today. ENGLAND WIN BY 26 RUNS.
218.518.5: Moeen Ali to Maheesh Theekshana, Flatter and attacking the stumps. Maheesh Theekshana backs away and slaps it through covers for a brace. 
118.418.4: Moeen Ali to Lahiru Kumara, Afull ball, on middle. Lahiru Kumara skips down and pushes it back to the bowler who misfields and allows a single.
018.318.3: Moeen Ali to Lahiru Kumara, A full ball, on middle. Lahiru Kumara miscues his hit back to the bowler.
018.218.2: Moeen Ali to Chamika Karunaratne, OUT! CAUGHT! A full ball, on middle. Chamika Karunaratne heaves it straight to long on where Roy takes a simple catch. England on the verge of yet another victory, by the looks of it.
018.118.1: Moeen Ali to Chamika Karunaratne, A flatter ball, on middle. Chamika Karunaratne mistimes his heave to long on and denies a single. 
18 Overs | Runs : 134/8 | Run rate : 7.44
017.617.6: Chris Jordan to Dushmantha Chameera, OUT! TAKEN! Surely it is England's game now! A full ball, angling on the pads. Dushmantha Chameera plays the pickup shot very nicely but finds Malan in the deep at square leg who keeps his nerve and takes a good catch near the ropes. 30 needed in 12 balls.
417.517.5: Chris Jordan to Dushmantha Chameera, FOUR! Sri Lanka still stretching the game! A length ball, on off. Dushmantha Chameera looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge to the third man fence. 
017.417.4: Chris Jordan to Dushmantha Chameera, Short and outside off. Chameera swings and misses. 
017.317.3: Chris Jordan to Dushmantha Chameera, A length ball, on off. Chameera blocks it in front of covers and looks for a run. Morgan, there has a shy at the keeper's end but misses. Surely, Chameera was a goner. 
017.217.2: Chris Jordan to Dasun Shanaka, OUT! RUN OUT! Jos Buttler, what a night he is having. England, brilliant on the field today. A length ball, on middle. Dasun Shanaka chops it to the right of the keeper. Jos Buttler steps across to that side, grabs it and scores a direct hit at his side. Dasun Shanaka was looking for a quick run but went against it and did not make it back in his crease on time. The game has changed in two deliveries.
017.117.1: Chris Jordan to Dasun Shanaka, A length ball, angling on the pads. Dasun Shanaka misses his pull and gets hit on the pads.
17 Overs | Runs : 130/6 | Run rate : 7.65
116.616.6: Liam Livingstone to Dasun Shanaka, Short and outside off, cut away through point for a single.
016.516.5: Liam Livingstone to Wanindu Hasaranga, OUT! TAKEN! Roy and Billings combined to take an exceptional catch. This was full and on middle. Hasaranga again looks to go downtown but does not middle it. He hits it off the toe end towards long off. Roy runs from long off, runs nears the ropes and takes a brilliant catch to his right. His momentum was taking him over the ropes so lobs it towards Billings who does the rest. Brilliant stuff from England and it is a vital blow as the partnership was blossoming. The TV umpire is called to check the catch and after many replays, it has been given as 'OUT". Chamika Karunaratne is in at number 8.
416.416.4: Liam Livingstone to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Much-needed! A full ball, around off, spinning away. Wanindu Hasaranga reads the spin and lofts it over cover for a boundary. 
116.316.3: Liam Livingstone to Dasun Shanaka, Around off, pushed to covers for one more.
116.216.2: Liam Livingstone to Wanindu Hasaranga, A full ball, on middle. Wanindu Hasaranga tries to go inside-out but ends up hitting off the outer half over covers and they take a single. 
016.116.1: Liam Livingstone to Wanindu Hasaranga, Short, quick and outside off, pushed to covers.
16 Overs | Runs : 123/5 | Run rate : 7.69
115.615.6: Chris Jordan to Wanindu Hasaranga, Length ball, on off and timed nicely to sweeper cover for a single. 10 off the over. 41 now required off 24 balls.
415.515.5: Chris Jordan to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Up and over from Wanindu Hasaranga! A juicy, half volley, on off stump. Wanindu Hasaranga just creams this one over extra cover and the ball skids into the boundary.
215.415.4: Chris Jordan to Wanindu Hasaranga, Short and wide, Wanindu Hasaranga slashes it to the left of sweeper cover and races back for the second. The throw is is at the keeper's end but if it had been at the other end, Dasun Shanaka might have been a goner.
115.315.3: Chris Jordan to Dasun Shanaka, On off and driven on the up, towards cover for a single. Sri Lanka need boundaries now and England will be happy to let them have the singles.
115.215.2: Chris Jordan to Wanindu Hasaranga, Back of a length, angled at the body. Wanindu Hasaranga makes room and taps it towards point for another quick single.
115.115.1: Chris Jordan to Dasun Shanaka, Fullish ball, on middle and leg, driven straight to mid off. Dasun Shanaka sets off for the quick single and the fielder misses his shy as the bowler's end. Shanaka was home anyway.
15 Overs | Runs : 113/5 | Run rate : 7.53
114.614.6: Liam Livingstone to Dasun Shanaka, On leg stump again, Shanaka plays it towards deep mid-wicket for a single. The game hangs in the balance. 51 now needed off 30 balls.
614.514.5: Liam Livingstone to Dasun Shanaka, SIX! The skipper breaks the shackles now. Liam Livingstone has been firing it in on the leg stump and this time Dasun Shanaka was waiting for it. Shanka pulls it over the cow corner fence for a maximum.
114.414.4: Liam Livingstone to Wanindu Hasaranga, Flatter one, on middle and cut away to sweeper cover for another one.
114.314.3: Liam Livingstone to Dasun Shanaka, Another one, on leg stump. Dasun Shanaka works it towards mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
014.214.2: Liam Livingstone to Dasun Shanaka, Fired in, around the leg stump. Shanaka keeps it out.
114.114.1: Liam Livingstone to Wanindu Hasaranga, Livingstone pushes this one quicker and on off. Wanindu Hasaranga skips down the track and just about reaches the ball as he strokes it through covers for one.
14 Overs | Runs : 103/5 | Run rate : 7.36
013.713.6: Chris Woakes to Dasun Shanaka, On top of off and nudged down to backward point. A dot to finish the over and now Sri Lanka need 61 runs off 36 balls.
113.613.5: Chris Woakes to Wanindu Hasaranga, Length again, outside off, Wanindu Hasaranga opens the face off the bat and plays it towards deep point for a single.
113.513.4: Chris Woakes to Dasun Shanaka, Good-length ball, on off. Shanaka taps it towards mid-wicket for a single.
413.413.3: Tymal Mills to Dasun Shanaka, FOUR! More misery for Tymal Mills. Length again, around the hips. Dasun Shanaka looks to tickle it fine and the ball goes off the gloves and past a diving Jos Buttler, into the fine leg fence.
013.313.3: Tymal Mills to Dasun Shanaka, WIDE! Slower one, spilled down the leg side. Shanaka looks to flick but misses. Wided.
113.213.2: Tymal Mills to Wanindu Hasaranga, Mills comes from over the wicket now and bowls a short one, around the rib cage. Wanindu Hasaranga hops and dabs it down to fine leg for a single.
613.113.1: Tymal Mills to Wanindu Hasaranga, SIX! Wanindu Hasaranga is a true superstar, with the ball and with the bat as well. Mills hurls across a length ball, on off. Wanindu Hasaranga just stands tall and pumps this one right back over the bowler's head for a biggie.
13 Overs | Runs : 89/5 | Run rate : 6.85
012.612.6: Liam Livingstone to Dasun Shanaka, Flatter again, on off and Shanaka blocks it out this time.
012.512.5: Liam Livingstone to Dasun Shanaka, Quicker and flatter, on off. Shanaka can't get it past the bowler.
112.412.4: Liam Livingstone to Wanindu Hasaranga, Flighted ball, on leg stump. Wanindu Hasaranga steps out of the crease and drives the ball on the full through covers for a single.
112.312.3: Liam Livingstone to Dasun Shanaka, A touch shorter and quicker, on middle. Dasun Shanaka goes on the back foot and pushes it down the ground for another one.
112.212.2: Liam Livingstone to Wanindu Hasaranga, Fuller one, on middle and leg. Wanindu Hasaranga drives it down to long on for a single.
412.112.1: Liam Livingstone to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Livingstone drags it short and wide, Wanindu Hasaranga rocks back and cuts it through cover-point for a boundary.
12 Overs | Runs : 82/5 | Run rate : 6.83
111.611.6: Adil Rashid to Wanindu Hasaranga, On off, pushed to cover for a single.
011.511.5: Adil Rashid to Wanindu Hasaranga, Full and on off. Wanindu Hasaranga smacks it down the ground. Adil Rashid extends his right leg and the ball deflects towards mid-wicket.
211.411.4: Adil Rashid to Wanindu Hasaranga, A couple now! Flighted, full and on off. Wanindu Hasaranga lifts it over extra cover and collects a brace.
111.311.3: Adil Rashid to Dasun Shanaka, Full and around off. Shanaka eases it down the ground to long on for a single.
011.211.2: Adil Rashid to Dasun Shanaka, Floated, around off. Shanaka flicks it to mid-wicket.
111.111.1: Adil Rashid to Wanindu Hasaranga, Looped up, around middle and leg. Hasaranga goes back and punches it to cover for a single.
11 Overs | Runs : 77/5 | Run rate : 7
110.610.6: Chris Woakes to Wanindu Hasaranga, A length ball, on off. Wanindu Hasaranga guides it towards third man and gets a single. He is off the mark.
010.510.5: Chris Woakes to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, OUT! CAUGHT! Chris Woakes has the last laugh here. The change of pace does the trick here. Woakes serves an off-cutter around middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa lofts it towards long on, he does not connect well. Jason Roy in the deep comes forward and takes a good diving catch. Half of the Sri Lanka side is back in the dressing room. This does not look good.
410.410.4: Chris Woakes to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Bhanuka Rajapaksa is on the charge now. A length ball, on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa smacks it past mid off and bags a boundary.
610.310.3: Chris Woakes to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, SIX! Pressure back on the bowler. Woakes was expensive off his first, he would not like it if he leaks again. A length ball, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa stays inside the crease and smokes it over the square leg fence for a maximum.
010.210.2: Chris Woakes to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Two dots in a row here. Fuller and on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa hits it down the track. Woakes gets low and stops it instantly.
010.110.1: Chris Woakes to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A length ball, on top of off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa hangs back and defends it back to the bowler.
10 Overs | Runs : 66/4 | Run rate : 6.6
19.69.6: Tymal Mills to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Short and on middle and leg. This one hurries off the pitch. Bhanuka Rajapaksa helps it towards deep square leg for another single. Sri Lanka are 66/4 at the halfway mark. 
19.59.5: Tymal Mills to Dasun Shanaka, A single now! A length ball, outside off. Shanaka hangs his blade outside. The ball takes the outside and goes towards third man for a single.
49.49.4: Tymal Mills to Dasun Shanaka, FOUR! Lovely timing! Shanaka gets his first boundary of the chase. Slightly short and outside off. Dasun Shanaka hangs back and guides it through backward point for a boundary.
09.39.3: Tymal Mills to Dasun Shanaka, Good length and on off. Dasun Shanaka stays inside the crease and defends it out.
09.29.2: Tymal Mills to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, LEG BYE! A length ball, on the pads. The ball stays low after pitching. Bhanuka Rajapaksa misses his flick and gets pinged on the pads. Tymal Mills puts in an appeal but the umpire is unmoved. The batters collect a leg bye. Maybe it was going down leg.
19.19.1: Tymal Mills to Dasun Shanaka, Mills hurls a length ball, around middle and off. Dasun Shanaka pushes it to backward point and gets a single.
9 Overs | Runs : 58/4 | Run rate : 6.44
18.68.6: Chris Jordan to Dasun Shanaka, Shanaka gets off the mark here. A length ball, outside off. Dasun Shanaka punches it through cover for a single. A great over by Jordan, 4 runs and a wicket off it.
08.58.5: Chris Jordan to Dasun Shanaka, Length and on off. Dasun Shanaka blocks it out.
08.48.4: Chris Jordan to Dasun Shanaka, Length and around off. Dasun Shanaka stays back and defends it out watchfully.
08.38.3: Chris Jordan to Avishka Fernando, OUT! LBW! Avishka Fernando departs after getting a good start, he could not tee off though and goes back on 13 runs. Jordan strikes and gets his first wicket of the game. A full-length ball, around middle and leg. The ball stays low. Fernando looks to flick it away but misses. He gets rapped on the pads. Jordan appeals and the umpire raises his finger in a flash. This is plumb and hence Fernando does not go for the review. Sri Lanka in a spot of bother.
28.28.2: Chris Jordan to Avishka Fernando, A couple now! On a length, around off. Fernando stays inside the crease and punches it through cover. Jonny Bairstow cover a lot of ground to his right and puts in a full-stretched dive to pull the ball back in play. He saves a certain boundary. The batters take a couple.
18.18.1: Chris Jordan to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jordan angles in a length ball, around off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
8 Overs | Runs : 54/3 | Run rate : 6.75
27.67.6: Adil Rashid to Avishka Fernando, Flighted ball, around off. Avishka Fernando makes some room and plays an inside-out cover drive for a couple of runs.
07.57.5: Adil Rashid to Avishka Fernando, Flatter one, on off and Fernando blocks it out.
17.47.4: Adil Rashid to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dropped! Chris Woakes has just dropped a dolly. Rashid tosses this one up, on off and again another left-hander tries to slog sweep. Bhanuka Rajapaksa gets a top edge towards backward square leg. Chris Woakes runs in from the fence and settles under it but fumbles in the end. They also get a single. Will this drop catch come back to haunt England?
07.37.3: Adil Rashid to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Slightly flatter, around leg stump. Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to tuck it away off the back foot but misses.
17.27.2: Adil Rashid to Avishka Fernando, Nicely tossed up, on off and very full. Fernando drives it down to long on and rotates the strike.
07.17.1: Adil Rashid to Avishka Fernando, Fullish ball, around off stump. Avishka Fernando pushes it back to the bowler.
7 Overs | Runs : 50/3 | Run rate : 7.14
16.66.6: Liam Livingstone to Avishka Fernando, On off and pushed down the ground for another one by Fernando. Fifty is up for Sri Lanka.
16.56.5: Liam Livingstone to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Angled in on middle and leg, Bhanuka Rajapaksa works it with soft hands through mid-wicket for a single.
06.46.4: Liam Livingstone to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Quicker and flatter, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa goes on the back foot to defend it out.
66.36.3: Liam Livingstone to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, SIX! Classy shot from Bhanuka Rajapaksa! Tossed up, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa dances down the track and gets to the pitch of the ball and once he does, Rajapaksa just lifts it back over the bowler's head for a huge hit.
16.26.2: Liam Livingstone to Avishka Fernando, Livingstone drags it down, around off. Fernando punches it off the back foot towards long off for another one.
16.16.1: Liam Livingstone to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, On middle and sliding in, Bhanuka Rajapaksa nudges it on the leg side for an easy single.
6 Overs | Runs : 40/3 | Run rate : 6.67
15.65.6: Adil Rashid to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Slightly shorter, on middle and leg. Bhanuka Rajapaksa goes deep in his crease and chops it through the mid-wicket region for a single. At the end of the Powerplay, Sri Lanka are 40/3. They now need 124 runs off 84 deliveries.
05.55.5: Adil Rashid to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Flighted delivery, around leg stump. Bhanuka Rajapaksa plays it with soft hands towards short mid-wicket.
45.45.4: Adil Rashid to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Up and over from Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Rashid floats it up, outside off and Rajapaksa just strokes it aerially over extra cover and picks up a boundary.
05.35.3: Adil Rashid to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rashid slows it up and bowls it on off stump. Bhanuka Rajapaksa nudges it on the leg side.
15.25.2: Adil Rashid to Avishka Fernando, Flatter one, on middle. Fernando punches it off the back foot towards long on for a single.
05.15.1: Adil Rashid to Kusal Perera, OUT! CAUGHT! Deja-vu for Adil Rashid as he gets rid of another left-hander with the googly. This one is tossed up nicely, around off and Kusal Perera looks to swing it away, across the line. Perera ends up slicing it high and towards the sweeper cover region. Eoin Morgan runs around from backward point and takes a good catch. Just like England, Sri Lanka also lose 3 wickets inside the Powerplay.
5 Overs | Runs : 34/3 | Run rate : 6.8
14.64.6: Chris Jordan to Kusal Perera, Angled in full and on middle, Perera works it through mid-wicket for a single.
14.54.5: Chris Jordan to Avishka Fernando, Length again, around off. Fernando hops and tucks it towards square leg for an easy single.
04.44.4: Chris Jordan to Avishka Fernando, Jordan goes full and on off, Fernando flicks it to mid-wicket.
44.34.3: Chris Jordan to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Top shot from Avishka Fernando. Good-length ball, on middle and Fernando backs away a bit and drives it on the up, through the covers and picks up a boundary.
04.24.2: Chris Jordan to Avishka Fernando, Slightly fuller this time, on middle and leg yet again. Avishka Fernando drives it nicely to mid on.
04.14.1: Chris Jordan to Avishka Fernando, A length ball, on middle and leg and Fernando turns it to mid-wicket.
4 Overs | Runs : 28/2 | Run rate : 7
23.63.6: Adil Rashid to Kusal Perera, On the pads, flicked to deep mid-wicket and the batters take another couple. Good running between the wickets. 136 needed in 96 balls.
03.53.5: Adil Rashid to Kusal Perera, Googly again, full and outside off. Perera prods and looks to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge. 
23.43.4: Adil Rashid to Kusal Perera, Full and on middle, swept to deep square leg for a brace. 
03.33.3: Adil Rashid to Charith Asalanka, OUT! TAKEN! A little cameo from Charith Asalanka comes to end. Looked like this was another googly from Rashid. Full and on off. Charith Asalanka skips down and tries to go downtown but ends up slicing it to covers where Moeen Ali moves across and takes a simple catch. 
03.23.2: Adil Rashid to Charith Asalanka, A full ball, on middle and off. Charith Asalanka shuffles and tries to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal follows for LBW but not given. 
03.13.1: Adil Rashid to Charith Asalanka, Starts with a googly, this one skids through and beats Asalanka all ends. 
3 Overs | Runs : 24/1 | Run rate : 8
12.62.6: Moeen Ali to Charith Asalanka, Single to end the over as this is flicked to mid-wicket. 10 coming of it.
02.52.5: Moeen Ali to Charith Asalanka, Again goes for the slog-sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. A mild appeal for LBW but that was missing leg pole by a mile. 
42.42.4: Moeen Ali to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! Good shot! In the arc, full and on middle. Charith Asalanka slog-sweeps it over the man at square leg for another boundary. 
02.32.3: Moeen Ali to Charith Asalanka, Angles a flatter ball, on middle, punched off the back foot to covers.
42.22.2: Moeen Ali to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! Charith Asalanka continues to be the aggressor! A full ball, on middle. Charith Asalanka gets low and sweeps it to square leg for a boundary. 
12.12.1: Moeen Ali to Kusal Perera, Short and on middle. Perera turns it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
2 Overs | Runs : 14/1 | Run rate : 7
11.61.6: Chris Woakes to Kusal Perera, Full and on the pads, pushed to mid-wicket for a single.
11.51.5: Chris Woakes to Charith Asalanka, Full and on middle. Charith Asalanka steps across and flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
41.41.4: Chris Woakes to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! EDGY RUNS! Asalanka will take that! A length ball, on off. Charith Asalanka tries to heave it again but gets an inside edge past short fine leg and the ball races away to the fence.
61.31.3: Chris Woakes to Charith Asalanka, SIX! First maximum of the chase and that was some hit! A length ball, on middle. Charith Asalanka runs down to the pitch of the ball and pulls it all the way over mid-wicket for a maximum.
01.21.2: Chris Woakes to Charith Asalanka, On a length, on middle. Charith Asalanka defends it back to the bowler.
01.11.1: Chris Woakes to Charith Asalanka, A length ball, outside off. Charith Asalanka drags it to mid-wicket.
1 Overs | Runs : 2/1 | Run rate : 2
10.60.6: Moeen Ali to Charith Asalanka, Short and on middle. Charith Asalanka nudges it to mid-wicket and gets off the mark with a single. 
00.50.5: Moeen Ali to Charith Asalanka, Full ball on off. Assalnka taps it on the off side. 
00.40.4: Moeen Ali to Charith Asalanka, Full on middle. Blocked out. 
00.30.3: Moeen Ali to Kusal Perera, OUT! RUN OUT! Jos Buttler continues his brilliant work, now behind the stumps. Tossed up on middle. Perera tucks it to short square leg and runs across for a quick single. There was never a run there but both the batters ran across. Morgan there throws it to the keeper. Jos Buttler collects it and whips the bails off. Even a dive from Pathum Nissanka doesn't save him as shown on the big screen. 
00.20.2: Moeen Ali to Kusal Perera, A loopy ball now, around off. Perera prods and blocks it on the off side.
10.10.1: Moeen Ali to Pathum Nissanka, Sri Lanka and Pathum Nissanka are underway. A flatter ball, outside off, flicked to mid-wicket for a single.
England First innings
Jos Buttler101 | 67)*
Moeen Ali(1 | 2)
619.619.6: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, SIX! Jos Buttler you beauty! Chameera bowls a full toss, on the pads and Buttler gladly accepts the gift as he clips it over the square leg fence for a biggie and there it is, a maiden T20I century for Jos Buttler! Buttler raises his bat and looks ecstatic. England END WITH 163/4!
019.519.5: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, Shortish ball again, on middle. Buttler goes across the leg stump and looks to reverse scoop it but fails to make a connection. He'll now have to hit a six if he is to get to that elusive first T20I century.
019.419.4: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, Excellent yorker! Full and straight, Buttler can only jam it out back to the bowler.
219.319.3: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, Dropped! Short of a length, on off stump. Jos Buttler looks to pull it away aerially but gets a top edge which is skied really high towards the backward square leg fence. The fielder runs in from the square leg boundary and slides in but fumbles the catch. Two taken.
219.219.2: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, Chameera gets it in the block hole and Buttler digs it out towards deep mid-wicket. The batters rush back for the second and gets there in time.
419.119.1: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Pure class from Jos Buttler! Full toss, on off, Buttler just walks across his stumps and scoops it over short fine leg and the ball races away into the fence. Buttler is into the 90s now!
19 Overs | Runs : 149/4 | Run rate : 7.84
118.618.6: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single. Wanindu Hasaranga ends with excellent figures of, 4-0-21-3!
018.518.5: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, Tossed up, outside off, inviting the batter to play the big shot. First time tonight that Jos Buttler misses out on a freebie as he drives it straight to extra cover.
118.418.4: Wanindu Hasaranga to Moeen Ali, On middle and leg, Ali drives it through mid on for a single.
018.318.3: Wanindu Hasaranga to Moeen Ali, Ali looks to run down the track and nudge it away but Hasaranga bowls it flatter, on leg. Ali can't get it away.
018.218.2: Wanindu Hasaranga to Eoin Morgan, OUT! Cleaned up! Wanindu Hasaranga has the last laugh! after being hit for a six, Hasaranga still flights it up, this time around the leg stump and it's the googly as well. Eoin Morgan looks to lift it over long on but gets completly beaten in flight. The ball goes on to hit the leg stump and Sri Lanka have finally broken this partnership. Eoin Morgan departs after a captain's knock.
618.118.1: Wanindu Hasaranga to Eoin Morgan, SIX! It's always a risk to bowl a spinner at the death and a well set Morgan knows that. Wanindu Hasaranga looks to push it wide but Eoin Morgan just skips down the track and lifts it well over the long off fence for a biggie.
18 Overs | Runs : 141/3 | Run rate : 7.83
117.617.6: Dasun Shanaka to Eoin Morgan, Lucky for Dasun Shanaka because that was another poor delivery. Down the leg side and Morgan flicks it straight to short fine leg for one. 19 off the over, a big one for England.
117.517.5: Dasun Shanaka to Jos Buttler, Good comeback from Shanaka, gets in the yorker on middle stump. Buttler jams it out on the off side and gets a single.
417.417.4: Dasun Shanaka to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Fullish ball, on the pads and buttler flicks it behind square on the leg side and finds the fence yet again.
617.317.3: Dasun Shanaka to Jos Buttler, SIX! Back-to-back! Slower one this time, on middle. Jos Buttler stays deep in his crease and then muscles it over the long on fence for another biggie. The 100 partnership is also up.
617.217.2: Dasun Shanaka to Jos Buttler, SIX! That is a proper baseball swing from Jos Buttler and he is in fantastic form. A length ball, on middle and this one sits up nicely for Buttler to swing across the line and dispatch it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
117.117.1: Dasun Shanaka to Eoin Morgan, Full toss, outside off and sliced away to deep point for a single.
17 Overs | Runs : 122/3 | Run rate : 7.18
116.716.6: Dushmantha Chameera to Eoin Morgan, A low full toss, outside off. Morgan drives it powerfully but the fielder at cover does well to get a hand on it and even has a shy at the keeper's end. Buttler would have been a goner had that hit.
116.616.5: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, Full and wide again from Chameera and Buttler hits it through covers for a single.
016.516.4: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, Buttler moves a bit outisde off and Chameera gets the wide yorker in this time. Buttler can't reach it and the umpire doesn't call it a wide.
216.416.3: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, A half volley, outside off stump and Jos Buttler absolutely creams it over extra cover. Avishka Fernando does extremely well to cut it off at the wide long off fence and stay inside the boundary rope himself. They take an easy two.
016.316.3: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, WIDE! Chameera goes for the wide yorker but gets it outside the tramline. Wided.
116.216.2: Dushmantha Chameera to Eoin Morgan, Full and straight, Morgan heaves it down to deep mid-wicket for a single.
616.116.1: Dushmantha Chameera to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Bang! Chameera bangs in a short one, around middle. Eoin Morgan pulls it away with disdain and the ball flies well over the square leg fence for a biggie.
16 Overs | Runs : 110/3 | Run rate : 6.88
115.615.6: Dasun Shanaka to Eoin Morgan, Full and around middle and leg. Morgan drills it to long on for another single. A tidy over by Shanaka.
115.515.5: Dasun Shanaka to Jos Buttler, Short and on the bodyline. Buttler pulls it towards square leg for a single.
015.415.4: Dasun Shanaka to Jos Buttler, Back of a length, outside off. Buttler hits back to the bowler. Shanaka leaps and grabs the ball, allowing no runs to the batter.
215.315.3: Dasun Shanaka to Jos Buttler, Two runs now! Touch short and on the pads. Buttler clips it to fine leg for a couple.
115.215.2: Dasun Shanaka to Eoin Morgan, Fuller and wide outside off. Morgan drives it through the cover region and takes a single.
015.115.1: Dasun Shanaka to Eoin Morgan, Full and outside off. Morgan comes across and looks to heave it across the line but misses. A good start by Shanaka.
15 Overs | Runs : 105/3 | Run rate : 7
614.714.6: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, SIX! Third maximum of the over! Kumara is not enjoying his bowling at this moment. Full and on off. Buttler stays inside the crease and smokes it over the long off fence for a maximum. 22 runs coming off this over. Pressure is back on Sri Lanka.
114.614.5: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, Short and on off. Morgan drags his pull shot to square leg for another single.
014.514.5: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, WIDE! A length ball, sliding down leg. Morgan looks to pull it away but misses. Wide called. Kumara continues to leak runs in this over.
114.414.4: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, Slower one. Full toss and on off. Buttler pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
614.314.3: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, SIX! KABOOM! Full and wide outside off. Buttler reaches out and powers it over the cover fence with ease. 
014.214.2: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, LEG BYE! Back of a length and on the pads. Morgan looks to flick it away but misses. The ball rolls out off the pads. The batters take a leg bye.
614.114.1: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, SIX! ALL THE WAY! Morgan is certainly finding his form here. A full-length ball, on off. Morgan gets under it and muscles it over the wide long off fence for a maximum.
14 Overs | Runs : 83/3 | Run rate : 5.93
013.613.6: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, Full and on off. Buttler goes inside the crease and defends it out watchfully.
113.513.5: Wanindu Hasaranga to Eoin Morgan, Flatter and short, around off. Morgan hits it over the bowler's head towards long on for a run.
413.413.4: Wanindu Hasaranga to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! Morgan gets going now. A poor delivery and Morgan pounces on the opportunity. Low full toss, around leg. Morgan sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
113.313.3: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, FIFTY for Jos Buttler! How consistent has he been in this campaign. This one was slower than the last one. On the pads, Buttler flicks it to square leg for a single.
113.213.2: Wanindu Hasaranga to Eoin Morgan, Full and outside off. Morgan skips down the track and lifts it towards long off for a single.
113.113.1: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, Buttler moves to 49 with this single. Tossed up, full and on off. Jos Buttler pushes it through covers for a single.
13 Overs | Runs : 75/3 | Run rate : 5.77
112.612.6: Chamika Karunaratne to Jos Buttler, A single to end the over. Full and wide outside off. Buttler reaches out and jams it to cover. They take one. A great over from England's prespective. 14 runs coming off it. Chamika Karunaratne was quite expensive in his second over.
012.512.5: Chamika Karunaratne to Jos Buttler, Full toss and outside off. Buttler slaps it straight to the man at extra cover. He could not make the most of the delivery.
212.412.4: Chamika Karunaratne to Jos Buttler, A couple more! Full and outside off. Buttler punches it through extra cover. The batters run two before the fielder cuts it out.
612.312.3: Chamika Karunaratne to Jos Buttler, SIX! BANG! Buttler is on the charge now. Full and on middle, this one is a slower one. Buttler hangs back and smokes it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
412.212.2: Chamika Karunaratne to Jos Buttler, FOUR! A much-needed boundary for England. They need more of these at the moment. A full-length ball, around middle and off. Buttler goes inside the crease and whips it across the line through mid-wicket for a boundary.
112.112.1: Chamika Karunaratne to Eoin Morgan, Full and on the pads. Morgan stays back and flicks it to square leg for a single.
12 Overs | Runs : 61/3 | Run rate : 5.08
111.611.6: Maheesh Theekshana to Eoin Morgan, Single to end the over! Full and on middle, eased down to long on for a single.
011.511.5: Maheesh Theekshana to Eoin Morgan, Gets some bat on it! Again angles a full ball, on middle. Morgan gets the inner half of the bat towards square leg. Morgan is failing to read the magician.
011.411.4: Maheesh Theekshana to Eoin Morgan, Carrom ball, this one comes back in and cramps Morgan for room as he tries to flick but misses.
111.311.3: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, A low full toss, on off. Buttler pushes it to long off for a single. 
011.211.2: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Angles a flatter ball, on the pads. Buttler misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.
011.111.1: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Follows Buttler on the leg side. Buttler hits it to covers.
11 Overs | Runs : 59/3 | Run rate : 5.36
110.710.6: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, Slower ball, full and on middle. Buttler turns it to deep mid-wicket for a single. Good over for England, 12 coming of it. 
110.610.5: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, Nails the yorker now, on middle. Morgan jams it out to long on for one.
110.510.4: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, Short and outside off, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a single. 
210.410.3: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, A low full toss, on middle. Buttler nudges it to deep square leg for a quick couple. The fielder throws it to the keeper who whips the bails off but Buttler was well in. Good running.
010.310.3: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, WIDE! Nice idea but failed to execute! A low dipping full toss, down the leg side. Left alone. 
210.210.2: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, Short in length, on middle. Jos Buttler flicks it to deep backward square leg for a brace. 
410.110.1: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Welcome boundary and the drinks might have boosted England's energy! A length ball, outside off. Jos Buttler punches off the back foot through covers and the ball races away to the fence.
10 Overs | Runs : 47/3 | Run rate : 4.7
19.69.6: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Slight short and on off. Jos Buttler skips down and pushes it to long off for a single. 
19.59.5: Maheesh Theekshana to Eoin Morgan, Single now! Full and on off, tucked to mid-wicket for a single.
09.49.4: Maheesh Theekshana to Eoin Morgan, Two dots in a row! A flighted ball, on off, Morgan works it to covers.
09.39.3: Maheesh Theekshana to Eoin Morgan, Comes around the wicket and bowls a flatter ball, angling on off. Morgan drives it to cover.
19.29.2: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Again comes down the track and drills it down to wide long on for one more.
09.19.1: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Flatter and on middle. Buttler advances down the track and knocks it to cover.
9 Overs | Runs : 44/3 | Run rate : 4.89
08.68.6: Chamika Karunaratne to Eoin Morgan, Slower ball again, on a length and around leg. Morgan tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. Just three runs of this over. 
18.58.5: Chamika Karunaratne to Jos Buttler, On a length, on middle, flicked to mid-wicket for a single.
08.48.4: Chamika Karunaratne to Jos Buttler, NOT OUT! A full ball, around off, this one lands and nips back in. Jos Buttler shuffles across and tries to work it on the leg side but misses and gets rapped on the pads. An appeal is put up but the umpire is not interested. Height was the only concern but still Sri Lanka goes for the review. UltraEdge confirms no bat. Ball Tracker shows wicket missing and Buttler survies. Sri Lanka lose their review though. 
18.38.3: Chamika Karunaratne to Eoin Morgan, On a length, on off. Morgan gets on his toes and slaps it to sweeper cover for one.
18.28.2: Chamika Karunaratne to Jos Buttler, A length ball, on middle. Jos Buttler steps down and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
08.18.1: Chamika Karunaratne to Jos Buttler, A slower full ball, around off, pushed to covers.
8 Overs | Runs : 41/3 | Run rate : 5.13
17.67.6: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Around middle and leg, Buttler works it through the mid-wicket region for a single.
07.57.5: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Fullish ball, on middle and skidding on. Buttler defends it back to the bowler.
17.47.4: Maheesh Theekshana to Eoin Morgan, On the pads and tucked away to deep square leg for one.
07.37.3: Maheesh Theekshana to Eoin Morgan, Another one that skids on. This is bowled on a length, around leg stump and going on with the angle. Morgan gets caught in the crease and the ball crashes into his pads. The bowler appeals a bit but the umpire is unmoved. Sliding down leg, probably.
17.27.2: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Theekshana pushes this one a bit quicker at 95 kph and on middle. Buttler goes deep in his crease and pushes it to long on for another one.
17.17.1: Maheesh Theekshana to Eoin Morgan, Flatter one, on middle and leg. Morgan makes a bit of room and works it through mid on for a single.
7 Overs | Runs : 37/3 | Run rate : 5.29
06.66.6: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, Right on the money! A length ball, on top of off and pushed towards covers. Just the single off it then.
16.56.5: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, Attempted short ball, angled at the body. Eoin Morgan pulls it towards wide long on for a single.
06.46.4: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, Fourth dot on the trot now! Good-length ball, on off and pushed towards mid off by Morgan.
06.36.3: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, Another one stays low! Slightly fuller and outside off, Morgan looks to swing across the line but the ball just doesn't rise up at all and hence, Morgan fails to make a connection.
06.26.2: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, Length again and on off, Morgan taps it on the off side.
06.16.1: Lahiru Kumara to Eoin Morgan, A length ball, around the off pole. Eoin Morgan looks to punch it off the back foot but gets an inside edge onto the leg side.
6 Overs | Runs : 36/3 | Run rate : 6
05.65.6: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, A dot to end a successful over for Wanindu Hasaranga. On off and Buttler blocks it out. England are 36/3 at the end of the Powerplay.
05.55.5: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, Flatter delivery, on off. Buttler punches it off the back foot but can't get it through on the off side.
15.45.4: Wanindu Hasaranga to Eoin Morgan, Tossed up, on middle and leg, Morgan drives it through mid-wicket and picks up a single.
05.35.3: Wanindu Hasaranga to Eoin Morgan, Flatter one, on middle. Morgan pats it back to the bowler.
05.25.2: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jonny Bairstow, LBW! Wanindu Hasaranga has sent back Jonny Bairstow for a duck and England in all sorts of trouble right now. Wanindu Hasaranga gives this one some air and bowls it around off. Jonny Bairstow looks to dance down the track and just nudges it on the leg side but misses and gets rapped on the pads. The bowler lets out a huge appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Sri Lanka take the review and UltraEdge confirms that there's no bat involved but Ball Tracker shows that the ball was going on to hit the leg stump. Fantastic review from Sri Lanka.
15.15.1: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, On middle, Buttler skips down the track and works it towards mid-wicket for one.
5 Overs | Runs : 34/2 | Run rate : 6.8
04.64.6: Dushmantha Chameera to Dawid Malan, OUT! Cleaned up! Dushmantha Chameera has got the breakthrough for his team. Chameera bowls it a bit fuller, around the off stump and this is angled in. Dawid Malan looks to play an expansive cover drive but doesn't move his feet and as we have already seen, the ball skids on, low. The ball goes through the huge gap between bat and pad and castles into the off pole. Sri Lanka right on top of things at the moment.
04.54.5: Dushmantha Chameera to Dawid Malan, Was there a knick on it? Back of a length, outside off and angled in. Dawid Malan looks to work it on the leg side but gets cut in half. The replay shows that indeed there was a bottom edge on it.
04.44.4: Dushmantha Chameera to Dawid Malan, Chameera hurls across a length ball from around the stumps and Malan taps it towards short cover.
44.34.3: Dushmantha Chameera to Dawid Malan, FOUR! Just a flick from Malan and the ball has raced away into the fence. Length again, on middle and leg, Malan hangs back and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
14.24.2: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, Buttler pre-meditates the scoop again and Chameera bowls a slower one outside off. Buttler just nudges it the other way, towards short third man for a single. Good cricket all-round.
04.14.1: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, Jos Buttler looks to get funky early on. A length ball, just outside off. Buttler walks right across his stumps and looks to scoop it over the keeper's head but fails to connect.
4 Overs | Runs : 29/1 | Run rate : 7.25
03.83.6: Maheesh Theekshana to Dawid Malan, Quicker. This stays straight and on the pads. Malan misses his flick and gets rapped on the pads. Maheesh Theekshana appeals but the umpire is unmoved. It was surely pitching outside leg. A good start by Maheesh Theekshana, just 4 runs off it.
03.73.6: Maheesh Theekshana to Dawid Malan, WIDE! Floated, sliding down leg. Malan looks to tuck it away but misses. Wide called.
03.63.6: Maheesh Theekshana to Dawid Malan, WIDE! Tossed up, down leg. Malan looks to flick it away but misses. Wide called.
13.53.5: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, A single now! Full and on leg. Buttler comes down the track and flicks it towards square leg for a run. With this single, Buttler gets to 2000 T20I runs. That is some milestone.
03.43.4: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Three dots on the trot. Flatter and on off. Buttler stays inside the crease and punches it to point.
03.33.3: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Tossed up, outside off. Buttler taps it out to point.
03.23.2: Maheesh Theekshana to Jos Buttler, Quicker, full and on off. Buttler pushes it to cover.
13.13.1: Maheesh Theekshana to Dawid Malan, Flatter and on leg. Malan clips it to mid-wicket for a single.
3 Overs | Runs : 25/1 | Run rate : 8.33
02.62.6: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, Fuller and on off. Buttler pushes it to cover off the toe end of the blade. An expensive start for Kumara, 10 runs coming off his first.
22.52.5: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, Good length and on off. Buttler stays back and guides it past backward point. The batters pick a couple as the fielder misfields.
02.42.4: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, Length and on off. Buttler defends it out to the off side.
42.32.3: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Streaky this time! Buttler gets lucky and finds the second boundary of the over. A length ball, around off. The ball nips in off the pitch. Buttler though looks to push it away to the off side without any footwork. The ball takes the inside edge and goes into the boundary at fine leg.
02.22.2: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, Full length, around middle and leg. Buttler works it towards mid on.
42.12.1: Lahiru Kumara to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Great hands by Jos Buttler. Good length and outside off. Buttler stays inside the crease and punches it through point. The ball races away to the boundary.
2 Overs | Runs : 15/1 | Run rate : 7.5
11.61.6: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, On middle, Buttler tucks it to the leg side for a single. A great over by Hasaranga a wicket and just three runs off it. The Hat-Trick hero of the last game, does not take time to get going in this game.
01.51.5: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, Wrong one, around off. Buttler stays back and defends it out.
11.41.4: Wanindu Hasaranga to Dawid Malan, Malan gets off the mark now! Floated, around off. Malan pushes it to cover and crosses for a single.
01.31.3: Wanindu Hasaranga to Dawid Malan, Googly, on off. Malan gets low and defends it on to the pitch.
01.21.2: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jason Roy, OUT! TIMBER! The plan of getting the spin early on has done wonders for Sri Lanka. Wanindu Hasaranga gets the big wicket of Roy. He has to depart on 4. Floated, full and on off. The ball skids through off the pitch. Roy kneels down and looks to sweep it away but misses it completely. The ball sneaks under the blade and connects with the off pole. The lights are off and Wanindu Hasaranga is up and running with his celebration. A great start for Sri Lanka.
11.11.1: Wanindu Hasaranga to Jos Buttler, Loopy ball, full and on leg. Buttler comes down the track and flicks it to square leg for a single.
1 Overs | Runs : 12/0 | Run rate : 12
20.60.6: Dushmantha Chameera to Jason Roy, Good-length on the fourth stump line. Roy hangs back and guides it down to third man. The man in the deep fumbles which allows the batsmen run two. A great start by England. 12 runs coming off the first over.
30.50.5: Dushmantha Chameera to Jos Buttler, Buttler opens his account as well! A length ball, on off. Buttler stays inside the crease and punches it through covers. The batters take three before the fielder cuts it out.
10.40.4: Dushmantha Chameera to Jason Roy, Full and on the  pads. Roy clips it to deep square leg for a single. Buttler comes on strike for the first time now.
40.30.3: Dushmantha Chameera to Jason Roy, FOUR! Roy does not take time to get going. Back of a length, around off. Roy hits it on the up. He makes room and punches it through covers and bags the first boundary of the innings.
00.20.2: Dushmantha Chameera to Jason Roy, A dot now! Length and outside off. The ball does not bounce much. Roy stays back and pushes it to extra cover.
20.10.1: Dushmantha Chameera to Jason Roy, Jason Roy and England are off the mark straightaway. Chameera hurls a length ball, on the pads. Jason Roy flicks it behind square on the leg side. The batters pick up two easily.
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