Sri Lanka vs England, 4th ODI: As it happened...

Welcome to our live blog of the 4th ODI between Sri Lanka and England from Colombo.

By Jayanta Oinam | By Dattaraj Thaly | Updated: Dec 07, 2014, 19:23 PM IST
Sri Lanka vs England, 4th ODI: As it happened...

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Over 49.3 || Score 267/4

Sri Lankan ride on skipper Angelo Mathews and Kumar Sangakkara fifties to beat England by six wickets with two balls remaining in Colombo. Mathews hit the winning run, a boundary off Steven Finn. It also helped him reach individual fifty. Despite early wickets, England struggle to content the in-form Sri Lankan batsmen, especially the veterans Sanga and Mahela. The duo laid the foundation for Mathews to finish the match in style.

Sri Lank now take 3-1 lead in the seven-match series. Fifth match will be played Pallekele on December 10.

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Over 45 || Score 258/4

Despite losing the wicket of Sangakkara, Sri Lankans are cruising along. They need 28 runs more from the last five overs, just under run-a-ball rate. With skipper Mathews playing sensibly, reaching the target should not be a problem for the Islanders.

Sangakkara, who was chasing his 20th ODI hundred, perished trying to hit one over the deep cover boundary. The ball went straight to the waiting hands of Woakes.

Sangakkara c Woakes b Jordan 86 (105b)

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Over 40 || Score 208/3

Sri Lankans are inching ever close to their target. After 40 overs, they now need 58 runs from 60 balls, and anchoring the chase is the old hand in Sangakkara. He is on course for his 20th ton. He is on 82 from 100 balls. His partnership with Mathews has yielded 43 runs.

The power play period produced 23 runs without losing any wicket.

Over 35 || Score 185/3

In the last five overs, England got the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene thanks to a played-on by the Sri Lanka batsman. But the tourists continues their struggle as Kumar Sangakkara carry on his imperious form. The veteran, after notching up yet another fifty, reached 1000 runs in this calendar year with single of Jordan -- who took Jaya's wicket -- in the penultimate ball of the 34th over. Only Angelo Mathews and Virat Kolhi are ahead of him in terms of run accumulation this year. 

Jayawardene b Jordan 44 (50b)

Angelo arrived after the fall of Jaya, and the skipper is already in his elements.

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Over 30 || Score 161/2

Sangakkara got to his 90th ODI fifty of his career. What an innings it has been from the elegant left-hander. He has looked comfortable ever since he arrived at the crease. Mahela has given him fine company. The match seems to be drifting away from England unless they get a quick wicket. With plenty of batsman to come, Lankans are in a strong position here.

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Over 25 || Score 125/2

Morgan operated with Stokes and Root into the attack. The Lankan batsmen easily rotated the strike and kept the scoreboard ticking along. They bowlers have not troubled Mahela or Sanga. There was an LBW appeal by Root on Mahela. England opted for a review but the replay showed there was too much turn on the ball the was taking it down the leg. Sri Lanka continue to chase down England's total.

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Over 20 || Score 97/2

Mahela and Sanga kept the scoreboard ticking nicely without taking any risks. The left-hander is batting on 33 while his partner is unbeaten on 12. This has a sense of deja vu as the duo look in peerless form. Both the batsmen are turning back the clock. Ominous signs for England and Morgan needs to break this partnership soon.

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Over 15 || Score 77/2

Sri Lanka lost both their openers as they set about chasing down England's total. Perera tried to drive Moeen Ali's floated delivery through the covers but the extra spin on the ball caught the edge of his bat and Jordan completed a comfortable catch at first slip. Mahel walked into the middle to join his best friend and batting partner Sanga. The duo will now look to steer Lanka to a win as they have done on so many occasions in the past.

Perera c Jordan b Ali 31 (41b)

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Over 10 || Score 52/1

Sanga and Perera have put together 24 runs so far in five overs. Perera has got bulk of those runs with 14. England introduced Moeen Ali into the attack. Despite losing the wicket of Dishan, the Lankan batsman have looked to play positive cricket and are constantly on the look out for scoring opportunities.

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Over 5 || Score 28/1

Perera and Dilshan walked out to the middle to open the batting for Sri Lanka. The duo got off to a quick start maintaining a healthy run-rate of just over 5. However, Woakes got England a much-need breakthrough as he dismissed the dangerous Dilshan. The right-hander stuck one up in the air, and Morgan made no mistake as he ran his left from mid-off to complete a simple catch. Sanga walks in to the middle to a huge ovation from the crowd.

 Dilshan c Morgan b Woakes 16 (21b)

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England set Sri Lanka a decent target of 266 in the 4th ODI of the seven-match series. Do join us back for the Lankan chase.

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Over 50 || Score 265

England became all-out on the last ball of the innings for 265. Thanks to Eoin Morgan's quick 62 and his final flurry with 2 sixes and a boundary off the last over England reached a respectable score. Morgan was left fuming as he witnesses his partners leave one by one. Both Woakes and Jordan fell cheaply as the captain was left stranded at the other end. The left-hander made the most of it when he got the strike with few lusty blows.

EJG Morgan c †Sangakkara b Dilshan 62 (47b)

Jordan c Perera b Mendis 1 (2b)

Woakes b Herath 6 (9b)

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Over 45 || Score 219/ 7

Sri Lanka kept chipping away as England lost two more important wickets in the form of Stoke and Buttler. The visitors would have wanted Buttler to bat right through the innings as he possesses the ability to deliver big blows. He picked out Mahela at long on as he went for big shot off Herath. Next to depart was Stokes who couldn't time a shot off Mendias and Perera at deep square completed a running catch to his right.

Stokes c Perera b Mendis 6 (6b)

Buttler c Jayawardene b Herath 15 (22b)

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Over 36 || Score 175/ 5

Sri Lanka struck two blows in quick succession as they lost the set batsman Taylor and new man Bopara. Taylor fell for 90 as he tried to play Mendis over the off side. He didn't read the line right and the ball popped up in the air off the toe of the bat. Perera completed the easy catch. Bopara was the next man to head back to the pavilion as Dilshan provided the Lankans another wicket. Like Root, the right-hander failed to pick up a delivery that was pushed through quicker. England now in a bit of a bother.

Bopara b Dilshan 22 (31b)

Taylor c Perera b Mendis 90 (109b)

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Over 30 || Score 140/ 3

Only 17 runs came off the last four overs as Perera and Mendis tightened the screw around the England innings. Bopara has taken his time to get used to the pace of the wicket. Taylor continued his good innings and to 74. Dishan was introduced into the attack by Mathews.

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Over 26 || Score 123/ 3

James Taylor got to his to fifty. He has played beautifully today and despite England being rocked with two early dismissals, the right-hander has looked to attacked the Lankan bowlers. However, he lost his batting partner Joe Root as left-arm spinner Herath cleaned him up. Root tried to play a square cut off a bowl that was pushed in quicker by the wily spinner. Sri Lanka finally get the breakthrough. Root departed for 36.

Root b Herath 36 (49b)

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Over 20 || Score 87/ 2

James Taylor moved to 44 off 66 deliveries with a four and 2 sixes. Root kept him company with 21 runs off 33 balls. Taylor looked to attack Mendis and looks as though he won't let the bowler settle down. England are now upping their run-rate.

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Over 15 || Score 67/ 2

Root and Taylor negotiated the Sri Lankan attack nicely. The duo took their time to settle down and then punished the bad deliveries bowled to them by the Lankan bowlers. After the early hiccups, the English batsman have stitched a nice partnership together and they are setting up a solid foundation for the middle-order.

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Over 8 || Score 31/ 2

Moeen Ali was looking good again today as played to crunching drives for boundaries off Prasad's bowling. However, the left-hander lost his wicket as he tried to dance down and smash Dilshan out of the park. Sanga completed a smart stumping, but as the replay confirmed, Ali had also nicked the ball and hence he was eventually given out caught. Young Joe Root arrived in the middle after England lost their second wicket.

Ali c Sangakkara b Dilshan 19 (20b)

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Over 5 || Score 14/ 1

The in-form Moeen Ali and Alex Hales opened the batting for England in the 4th ODI. The left-hander lost his partner in the second over as Hales's attempted drive of a ball that was full outside off, flew to Jayawardene at slip who made no mistake. James Taylor came in at the fall of England's first wicket.

Hales c Jayawardene b Prasad 0 (1b)

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England`s stand-in captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat in the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday.

Morgan was leading the tourists after regular skipper Alastair Cook was suspended for one match due to his team`s slow over-rate in the previous match in Hambantota.

Cook was replaced by James Taylor with England needing a win to level the seven-match series 2-2.

Star batsman Mahela Jayawardene returned for Sri Lanka after sitting out the previous game for personal reasons.

England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Alex Hales, James Taylor, Joe Root, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Steven Finn.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis.

Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) and Ranmore Martinesz (SRI)

TV umpire: Simon Fry (AUS)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)