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England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I Commentary, Live Updates

ENG vs SL, 2021 - T20 Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
108/5 (16.1/18)
111/7 (20.0/20)
England beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets (D/L method)
So, that's it from this game! Another game to go which is going to be played on Saturday! Chance for England to inflict a whitewash and for Sri Lanka to avoid it. Do join us for all the action. Till then, take care and goodbye!
Liam Livingstone, Man of the match. Says it was not his preferred position early on, but the partnership helped a lot. Adds that he likes to come in down the order and put himself in his team's shoes and play according to the situation. Ends by saying that he enjoys to play the game without pressure and would love to continue the same way.
Eoin Morgon, England skipper, says it was a good challenge, the wicket was a bit difficult to bat on but in the end he is pleased they came up on top. Adds the initial hiccups were not what we expected but the boys did well to recover and see off the game. States it is amzing to see Wood play. Ends by saying his consistency and hard work helps them a lot.
Sri Lanka skipper, Kusal Perera, says that being in the losing side is not ideal but he is happy with the fight his bowlers showed. Adds batting was once again the problem. Mentions that they should have got to 140-150 to give their bowlers a chance to win the game. Ends by saying that the intent is to play positive but admits the execution was not there and they need to get it right
The Lankans were really impressive with the ball. Their bowlers kept them in the game till the rain arrived. After the break the ball seemed to be coming on a lot easier and they also did not have enough on the board. It was a whole-hearted effort with the ball by them but the batters once again disappointed and the first innings is probably where they lost the game.
The English side though did not start all that well, they had lost 3 in the Powerplay and then Roy too followed shortly after it. They were in trouble at 36 for 4 but Livingstone and Billings showed maturity, batted sensibly, they took England close to the target before Billings was dismissed. Curran though added the finishing touches with a few cracking shots.
An easy win for England in the end and they have sealed the series! The initial target was 112 in 20 overs but after the rain break, 103 was the revised target which was chased down easily in the end.
End Of The Over 16.1 : 108/5
6 Runs
  • 616.1
S. Curran
16 (8)
L. Livingstone
29 (26)
A. Dananjaya
1.1-0-13-0
16.1
6
Akila Dananjaya To Sam Curran
SIX! Curran finishes it off in style! He skips down the track, gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie. ENGLAND WIN THE GAME BY 5 WICKETS AND THE SERIES 2-0!
End Of The Over 16 : 102/5
9 Runs
  • 415.1
  • 115.2
  • 115.3
  • 115.4
  • 115.5
  • 115.6
S. Curran
10 (7)
L. Livingstone
29 (26)
I. Udana
4-0-25-1
15.6
1
Isuru Udana To Sam Curran
SCORES LEVEL! A short one on middle, Curran pulls and it goes through square leg. He retains strike and has the chance to hit the winning run.
15.5
1
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
Another one! Liam guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.
15.4
1
Isuru Udana To Sam Curran
Doing it in singles now! Just three needed as the 100 comes up! On middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
15.3
1
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
Two is the call but Sam says no! Livingstone comes down the track and works it with soft hands on the leg side. He takes one quickly but there is only one in it.
15.2
1
Isuru Udana To Sam Curran
Full and on the pads, Curran works it through square leg for one.
15.1
4
Isuru Udana To Sam Curran
FOUR! Cracked away! Just a big hit needed now! This is short and wide outside off, it is slapped through covers for a boundary.
End Of The Over 15 : 93/5
7 Runs
  • 014.1
  • 4 LB14.2
  • W14.3
  • 014.4
  • 214.5
  • 114.6
S. Curran
3 (3)
L. Livingstone
27 (24)
W. Hasaranga
4-0-20-2
14.6
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Curran
Tossed up, around middle, Curran nudges it to mid-wicket for a single. 10 needed from 18.
14.5
2
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Curran
Floated on off, Curran flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
14.4
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Curran
On off, kept out.
Sam Curran walks out to bat!
14.3
W
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings OUT!
OUT! TIMBER! Wanindu Hasaranga kept  bowling at the stumps and finally gets his man. An important breakthorugh for the Islanders as this partnership was growing. Tossed up, on off, Billings stays back and looks to cut it away, but misses and the ball goes onto disturb the stumps. Wanindu Hasaranga is delighted.
14.2
lb
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
FOUR LEG BYES! A loopy ball, full and on the pads. Billings looks to sweep again but misses as the ball clips the pads and rolls towards the fence at fine leg. Leg bye given.
14.1
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
OH DEAR! Wanindu Hasaranga can't believe it. Loopy ball, outside off. Sam Billings gets low looking for the sweep but misses as the ball zips past the off pole. That was close.
End Of The Over 14 : 86/4
12 Runs
  • 113.1
  • 413.2
  • 013.3
  • 113.4
  • 613.5
  • 013.6
L. Livingstone
27 (24)
S. Billings
24 (26)
D. Chameera
4-0-29-1
13.6
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Liam Livingstone
A length ball,  on off, Livingstone pushes it to cover.
13.5
6
Dushmantha Chameera To Liam Livingstone
SIX! This is huge. What a shot. A full length ball, around middle, Livingstone moves across and flicks it huge, flicks it all the way into the stands at fine leg for a maximum.
13.4
1
Dushmantha Chameera To Sam Billings
A touch short on off, Billings pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
13.3
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Sam Billings
On off, kept out.
13.2
4
Dushmantha Chameera To Sam Billings
FOUR! BANG! Back of a length ball, outside off, Billings stays in his crease and slashes it through the cover region for a boundary.
13.1
1
Dushmantha Chameera To Liam Livingstone
A length ball, on middle Liam Livingstone flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
End Of The Over 13 : 74/4
5 Runs
  • 112.1
  • 012.2
  • 112.3
  • 112.4
  • 212.5
  • 012.6
S. Billings
19 (23)
L. Livingstone
20 (21)
W. Hasaranga
3-0-17-1
12.6
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
On off, Billings keeps it out solidly. 29 from 30 balls.
12.5
2
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
Floated on off, Sam Billings drives it to cover for a couple.
12.4
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
Flatter on off, Liam Livingstone drives it to cover for another single.
12.3
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
Floated, on off, Sam Billings pushes it to the on side for another single.
12.2
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
Floated on off, Billings drives it to cover.
12.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
Loopy ball, on off, Livingstone pushes it to long on for a single.
The players are back on the field. Wanindu Hasaranga to start with the ball.
We have a resumption time then! The game restarts at 2155 local and there is also a revised target which is 103 in 18 overs. England which means need another 34 in 6 overs.
The covers are coming off! So we should be resuming soon.
Well the umpires have had enough and have called the covers on. The players walk off. England at the moment are ahead on DLS!
End Of The Over 12 : 69/4
7 Runs
  • 011.1
  • 211.2
  • 211.3
  • 111.4
  • 111.5
  • 111.6
L. Livingstone
18 (19)
S. Billings
16 (19)
I. Udana
3-0-16-1
11.6
1
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
Length ball,, on the pads, Liam Livingstone flicks it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single. And now the umpires decide to stop the play as the rain increases.
11.5
1
Isuru Udana To Sam Billings
Good length ball, on off, Billings pushes it through point for another single.
11.4
1
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
Full and on off, Livinstone pushes it to mid off for a single.
11.3
2
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
2 runs. Back of a length ball, on off, Liam Livingstone clips it through mid-wicket for another couple.
The rain is coming down and it seems to be a little too heavy! Maybe it is a passing shower and hence, the umpires want to remain out there.
11.2
2
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
A full length ball, on middle, Liam Livingstone clips it thorugh fine leg for a couple.
11.1
0
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
Back of a length, outside off, Liam Livingstone taps it to point.
End Of The Over 11 : 62/4
7 Runs
  • 110.1
  • 210.2
  • 110.3
  • 110.4
  • 110.5
  • 110.6
L. Livingstone
12 (14)
S. Billings
15 (18)
A. Dananjaya
1-0-7-0
10.6
1
Akila Dananjaya To Liam Livingstone
On off, Liam Livingstone pushes it to cover for another single. The rain has increased. The umpires have a talk and decide to go on with the game.
10.5
1
Akila Dananjaya To Sam Billings
Floated full and on off, Billings comes down and flicks it to the leg side for another single.
10.4
1
Akila Dananjaya To Liam Livingstone
Tossed up, on off, Livingstone stays back and punches it to the offside for a single. Oh no, there is a little drizzle over the ground now.
10.3
1
Akila Dananjaya To Sam Billings
On off, Billings pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
10.2
2
Akila Dananjaya To Sam Billings
Loopy ball, on off, Billings comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
10.1
1
Akila Dananjaya To Liam Livingstone
Floated on off, Livingstone goes after the new bowler straightaway. He sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
End Of The Over 10 : 55/4
5 Runs
  • 09.1
  • 09.2
  • 19.3
  • 1 WD9.4
  • 19.4
  • 19.5
  • 19.6
L. Livingstone
9 (11)
S. Billings
11 (15)
B. Fernando
3-0-17-1
9.6
1
Binura Fernando To Liam Livingstone
On the body, this is flicked towards square leg for one more.
9.5
1
Binura Fernando To Sam Billings
Another easy run! On middle, this is worked around the corner for one.
9.4
1
Binura Fernando To Liam Livingstone
Just a single again as Liam works it towards mid-wicket.
9.4
wd
Binura Fernando To Liam Livingstone
WIDE! Short and down the leg side. Liam leaves it alone. Wided.
9.3
1
Binura Fernando To Sam Billings
Brilliant from the bowler! On middle, this is worked on the leg side with soft hands. Fernando hares after it and keeps it down to one.
9.2
0
Binura Fernando To Sam Billings
Another dot! Short and outside off, Billings looks to pull but misses.
9.1
0
Binura Fernando To Sam Billings
On the body, Billings looks to pull but gets hit on the body.
Binura Fernando comes back into the attack. His figures 2-0-12-1 so far.
End Of The Over 9 : 50/4
6 Runs
  • 18.1
  • 18.2
  • 08.3
  • 08.4
  • 38.5
  • 18.6
S. Billings
9 (11)
L. Livingstone
7 (9)
W. Hasaranga
2-0-12-1
8.6
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
Fifty up for England! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
8.5
3
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
Three! Short and outside off, Liam cuts it through point for three.
8.4
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
Almost drags it on! Shorter and on off, this one stays a touch low. Liam looks to flick but this one stays low. It goes off the inside edge and just goes past the off pole and hits the pad of the keeper.
8.3
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
Shorter and on off, this is pushed to covers.
8.2
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
On middle, this too is pushed down to long on for one.
8.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.
End Of The Over 8 : 44/4
7 Runs
  • 07.1
  • 17.2
  • 47.3
  • 07.4
  • 17.5
  • 17.6
L. Livingstone
3 (5)
S. Billings
7 (9)
I. Udana
2-0-9-1
7.6
1
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
Another single as this is guided down to third man.
7.5
1
Isuru Udana To Sam Billings
Short again, this is pulled again but not off the middle through square leg for one.
7.4
0
Isuru Udana To Sam Billings
Goes back to bowling length and on off, this is pushed to covers.
7.3
4
Isuru Udana To Sam Billings
FOUR! Welcome boundary for England! Not good from Udana. He bowls it a little short, this is pulled througyh mid-wicket and it races away to the fence.
7.2
1
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
Liam comes down the track and this is bowled short and on the body, this is worked down to fine leg for one.
7.1
0
Isuru Udana To Liam Livingstone
Solid again! On off, Liam blocks it out.
End Of The Over 7 : 37/4
6 Runs
  • 16.1
  • 46.2
  • W6.3
  • 06.4
  • 16.5
  • 06.6
S. Billings
2 (6)
L. Livingstone
1 (2)
W. Hasaranga
1-0-6-1
6.6
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
On middle, defended. A superb over to begin with by Hasaranga.
6.5
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
A single as this is pushed down to long on.
6.4
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
The next batsman to walk in at No. 6 is Liam Livingstone.
6.3
W
Wanindu Hasaranga To Jason Roy OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Roy goes now! Not sure if this shot is actually needed and once again the new bowler strikes moments after coming on. Roy looks to go after the leggie. He comes down the track and looks to go over mid on. He does not time it and it is taken by the fielder there. England in a spot of bother now.
6.2
4
Wanindu Hasaranga To Jason Roy
FOUR! Innovation comes out and it is nailed! The reverse sweep is out and it is hit powerfully through point for a boundary.
6.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Sam Billings
On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
Wanindu Hasaranga comes into the attack now. Replacing Dushmantha Chameera.
End Of The Over 6 : 31/3
2 Runs
  • 15.1
  • W5.2
  • 05.3
  • 05.4
  • 05.5
  • 15.6
S. Billings
1 (4)
J. Roy
13 (15)
I. Udana
1-0-2-1
5.6
1
Isuru Udana To Sam Billings
A single to end then! Sri Lanka still in the game after the first 6. England are 31 for 3. On off, this is guided through point for one.
5.5
0
Isuru Udana To Sam Billings
Back of a length and on off, blocked.
5.4
0
Isuru Udana To Sam Billings
Good length again and on off, Billings looks to defend but gets an inside edge, it goes on the leg side.
5.3
0
Isuru Udana To Sam Billings
Outside off, left alone.
The next batsman to walk in at No. 5 is Sam Billings.
5.2
W
Isuru Udana To Eoin Morgan OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Morgan is now a goner and Udana strikes as soon as he comes into the attack! This is Morgan's strength but seen him be dismissed quite a few times like this. Short and outside off, Morgan cuts but straight to point who takes a sharp catch. Sri Lanka still in this one.
5.1
1
Isuru Udana To Jason Roy
A little bit of confusion but a single! On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket. The two batters hesitate at first but then go for the run and complete it.
End Of The Over 5 : 29/2
12 Runs
  • 44.1
  • 24.2
  • 14.3
  • 04.4
  • 1 WD4.5
  • 44.5
  • 04.6
E. Morgan
11 (8)
J. Roy
12 (14)
D. Chameera
3-0-17-1
4.6
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Eoin Morgan
On off, pushed to cover.
4.5
4
Dushmantha Chameera To Eoin Morgan
FOUR! Punched away! A nice comeback by Morgan. A good length ball, on off, Morgan slashes it through cover for a boundary.
4.5
wd
Dushmantha Chameera To Eoin Morgan
WIDE! A full length delivery, down the leg side, Morgan looks to flick it but misses. But, wait a minute. Niroshan Dickwella collects the ball and throws it in the air, he thought there was a nick. The umpire, on the other hand, signals a wide, leaving Dickwella confused. He his insisting to his team-mates that he heard some noise, but not enough to go for the review. The replays show that the ball clips the pad on it's way.
4.4
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Eoin Morgan
On off, kept out.
4.3
1
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
Full length ball, on off, Roy drives it to the left of mid on. Kusal Perera dives to his left to make an excellent stop and saves a few runs for his side. Single taken.
4.2
2
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
A length ball, on off, Roy stays back and punches it through point for a couple.
4.1
4
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
FOUR! SMOKED! A touch short, on off, Roy skips down the track and cuts it through the cover region for a boundary.
End Of The Over 4 : 17/2
7 Runs
  • 03.1
  • 03.2
  • 13.3
  • 03.4
  • 23.5
  • 43.6
E. Morgan
7 (5)
J. Roy
5 (11)
B. Fernando
2-0-12-1
3.6
4
Binura Fernando To Eoin Morgan
FOUR! Well played. This time he gets the connection he was looking for. Serves a full length ball, outside off, Morgan leans in and drives it through cover for a boundary.
3.5
2
Binura Fernando To Eoin Morgan
A length delivery, on the fourth stump line. Morgan punches it through cover for a couple.
3.4
0
Binura Fernando To Eoin Morgan
Good length ball, outside off, Morgan has no interest in chasing it.
3.3
1
Binura Fernando To Jason Roy
Back of a length ball, around middle, Roy skips down the track and pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
3.2
0
Binura Fernando To Jason Roy
On off, Roy is solid in his defense.
3.1
0
Binura Fernando To Jason Roy
A length ball, on off, Roy defends it solidly.
End Of The Over 3 : 10/2
4 Runs
  • 02.1
  • 12.2
  • 1 WD2.3
  • W2.3
  • 12.4
  • 12.5
  • 02.6
E. Morgan
1 (2)
J. Roy
4 (8)
D. Chameera
2-0-5-1
2.6
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Eoin Morgan
Outside off, left alone.
2.5
1
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
A length ball, outside off, Roy reaches out and pushes it to cover for another single.
2.4
1
Dushmantha Chameera To Eoin Morgan
A length ball, on off, Morgan drives it to cover for a single.
Eoin Morgan walks out to bat!
Review time! A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down! Seems like it is going down leg.
2.3
W
Dushmantha Chameera To Dawid Malan OUT!
OUT! LBW! THREE REDS AND MALAN IS A GONER! A wise decision by Kusal Perera to go for the review and it pays off. And this time Chameera gets himself on the wicket sheet. Fires in a full length delivery, on the pads. the balls stays low. Malan looks to flicks it but misses and gets rapped on the pads. There is a huge appeal for LBW but the umpire says no. Maybe, it is going down leg. The skipper takes the review with one second on the timer. The Ultra Edge shows that there is no bat involved. The Ball Tracker though shows three red and Malan has to depart. Two wickets in quick succession for Sri Lanka.
2.3
wd
Dushmantha Chameera To Dawid Malan
WIDE! A length ball, down the leg. Malan looks to flick but misses. Wide given.
2.2
1
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
A length ball, on middle, Roy tucks it to square leg for a single.
2.1
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
BEATEN! A  good length ball, outside off, the ball takes off after hitting the deck. Roy swings his blade but misses. The ball bounces over the blade and a good take by Niroshan Dickwella behind the stumps.
End Of The Over 2 : 6/1
5 Runs
  • 11.1
  • W1.2
  • 01.3
  • 01.4
  • 41.5
  • 01.6
D. Malan
4 (4)
J. Roy
2 (5)
B. Fernando
1-0-5-1
1.6
0
Binura Fernando To Dawid Malan
A length ball, on off, Malan looks to defend and gets an inside edge onto the pads.
1.5
4
Binura Fernando To Dawid Malan
FOUR! Malan gets off the mark with a boundary. A touch short, way outside off, Malan moves across and cuts it through cover-point for a boundary.
1.4
0
Binura Fernando To Dawid Malan
A length ball, outside off, this one stays low after pitching. Malan looks to push it out but misses.
1.3
0
Binura Fernando To Dawid Malan
A length ball, outside off, left alone.
Malan is the new man in!
1.2
W
Binura Fernando To Jonny Bairstow OUT!
OUT! TIMBER! A dream start for Sri Lanka, as Jonny Bairstow departs on a duck. Fernando finds the breakthrough on his second ball. An inswinger does the trick.Serves a length ball on off, coming back in, Bairstow looks to heave it away but misses. The ball finds the gap and goes through to disturb the stumps. The pitch is tricky out here and the bowlers can capitalise on it.
1.1
1
Binura Fernando To Jason Roy
A good length ball, around the hips. Roy nudges it to the leg side and takes a single.
Fernando to bowl from the other end!
End Of The Over 1 : 1/0
1 Runs
  • 00.1
  • 00.2
  • 00.3
  • 10.4
  • 00.5
  • 00.6
J. Bairstow
0 (2)
J. Roy
1 (4)
D. Chameera
1-0-1-0
0.6
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Jonny Bairstow
BEAUTY! A good length ball, outside off, Jonny Bairstow is beaten again, as he misses his defense. A great positive start for Dushmantha Chameera and the Lankans.
0.5
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, outside off, Bairstow looks to defend but misses.
0.4
1
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
Full length ball, on leg, Roy follows the line of the delivery and flicks it through mid-wicekt for a single.
0.3
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
Play and a miss! An outswinger, outside off, Roy comes forward as he looks to play at it but misses. Whereas, the ball moves away.
0.2
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
A full length ball, on off, Roy defends it off the toe end to cover.
0.1
0
Dushmantha Chameera To Jason Roy
Starts with a beauty! On a length, outside off, nips away. Jason Roy looks to defend but misses as the ball beats the outside edge.
Match Info
  • Venue Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
  • Weather Clear
  • Toss Sri Lankawon the toss and elected to bat
  • Result England beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets (D/L method)
  • Player of the Match Liam Livingstone
  • Umpire Alex Wharf (ENG), Mike Burns (ENG) and Martin Saggers (ENG)
  • Referee Phil Whitticase (ENG)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Sri Lanka 111/7 in 20.0 overs
  • Sri Lanka 101/7 in 19.1 overs
  • 3rd wkt Partnership: 50 off 53 balls between K Perera (16) and K Mendis (34)
  • Sri Lanka 50/2 in 10.3 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Sri Lanka 26/2
  • Referral 1 (2.6 ovs): ENG against K Perera (LBW) Unsuccessful (ENG: 2, SL: 2) (Retained)
  • Rain Stoppage: England 69/4 in 12.0 overs
  • England 50/4 in 9.0 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): England 31/3
  • England 8/2: D Malan lbw b D Chameera 4(5)
  • Referral 1 (2.3 ovs): SL against D Malan (LBW) Successful (ENG: 2, SL: 2)
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PlayerRunsAvg.
Jos Buttler ENG68-
Dasun Shanaka SL5829.00
Jason Roy ENG5326.50
Kusal Perera SL5125.50
Kusal Mendis SL4824.00
PlayerWicketsEco.
Adil Rashid ENG45.12
Mark Wood ENG36.37
Sam Curran ENG36.60
Wanindu Hasaranga SL24.00
Isuru Udana SL26.87