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England vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England 2014

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Sri Lanka won by 7 runs | England Vs Sri Lanka Live Score, 4th ODI

That ends a great day of cricket. Join us back for the series decider on Tuesday. Goodbye!
Buttler: 'This is definitely the best I've ever played. Obviously it's pleasing to score a hundred but disappointing to be on the losing side. As that partnership grew, we knew we had the game in our hands but unfortunately we lost Bopara at the wrong time. I think I am more fitter than Bopara (laughs). It was hard to stop Dilshan and Sanga. They played very well. Kula bowled a good penultimate over as well, that was the over we were looking to score more because Malinga was to bowl the next.'
Buttler is the Man of the Match
Mathews: 'Phew! That was one heck of a game. Sanga and Dilshan batted extremely well. They set the platform for us. We lost our way in the middle because we were looking for too many. Our bowlers did well. We saved the best for the last, Lasith did well with the ball. He is the man for us in pressure situations and also Kula, they are the most experienced bowlers for us. It was a great batting performace by the whole team. We know if we get past 250, we have a good chance with our bowling line-up. We just have to play positive cricket and look to win the next game.'
Cook: 'It was a great partnership. We knew that it's quite hard to defend at Lord's. It was a fantastic effort from Buttler, brilliant batting but we couldn't get there. Bopara too played very well. We know that we have to play those first 30 overs better to assist the likes of Buttler. There is a lot of work to do. I was happy with the commitment from the boys. Kumar obviously played very well to score a hundred. We acutally did well to restrict them to 300 after the platform they got. It's been a brilliant series. Another great game of cricket here and hopefully we can win the final game.'
So Sri Lanka have done well to stay alive in the 5-match series. Their ground fielding was horrible at one stage but they somehow managed to hold their nerve at the end to pull off a tight win. When Buttler and Bopara were hitting the gaps on a consistent basis, it looked like Sri Lanka wanted 15 men on the field but the dismissal of Bopara in the form of a top-edge helped Sri Lanka come back into the game. Kula had a forgettable day with the ball, while Malinga was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets. Senanayake too did well to support him though he got only one wicket.
Phew! Surely, for the effort Jos Buttler put in today, England had to win this game. Spare a thought for him. He batted exceptionally well. When the boundaries weren't flowing, in fact Sri Lanka did not leak a boundary for 130 balls at one stage, he milked the bowling and shared a sensational 133-run stand with Bopara for the sixth wicket. The latter fell after finishing his fifty. Buttler carried on and smashed the bowlers all around to bring up his maiden ODI hundred. When he was going all guns blazing, an England victory looked so assured but it's that man again Lasith Malinga with the ball, in pressure situations, who delivered quality goods for his side when it mattered the most. England would blame this loss for batting poorly upfront. They lost wickets at the wrong time and let the scoreboard pressure take control.
End of over 50, 4 runs (1 W 2 W . 1 )
ENG: 293/8
James Tredwell - 1(2) This over: 1 runs
James Anderson - 0(0) This over: 3 runs
Lasith Malinga
(10.0 - 2 - 52 - 3)
49.6 Lasith Malinga to James Tredwell 1
1 run, Sri Lanka level the series 2-2. This is a great comeback from them. Surely it was England's game to lose and eventually the pressure got to them. They have not chased a target of 300 or more in England yet again. Full toss on the stumps, driven to mid-on. Malinga takes a stump and leads the side off the field. He gets a pat on the head from Mahela. Mathews and Sanga look very happy
49.5 Lasith Malinga to James Tredwell 0
no run, oh Tredwell, he's missed the widish yorker and a legitimate delivery will take Sri Lanka home now. Tredwell tried to reach out but couldn't get bat on ball
James Anderson, left handed bat, comes to the crease
49.4 Lasith Malinga to Jos Buttler W
out Buttler Run Out!! Why did you leave the crease Buttler? You could have easily gone back into the crease and Tredwell would have been out. You would have had the striker as well. Fantastic yorker from Malinga, boy what accuracy under pressure, as soon as the bowler released the ball, Tredwell set off for a run, Buttler left the crease and he was stranded in the middle, Malinga stopped the ball in his follow-through and took the bails off easily. End of a great knock from Buttler. Buttler run out (Malinga) 121(74) [4s-11 6s-4]
49.3 Lasith Malinga to Jos Buttler 2
2 runs, yorker on the off stump, dug out to long-on, Tredwell charged to the bowler's end for the second, the throw was at the striker's end but it was well wide of the stumps, Sanga grabbed the ball, tried to take the bails off in a flash but he missed on the first attempt and that allowed Buttler to get back
Third umpire is called for a run-out check. Buttler is the man in question. Sanga missed the stumps on the first attempt and Buttler is safe. What's more they've taken two!
James Tredwell, left handed bat, comes to the crease
49.2 Lasith Malinga to Chris Jordan W
out Caught by Dilshan!! Is Malinga going to do it again for Sri Lanka? Full delivery in the slot, Jordan looked to smash it hard, he hit it well but didn't get underneath it, the ball went flat and straight to Dilshan at long-on. Buttler has managed to escape to the striker's end though! That's just what England wanted. Jordan c Dilshan b Malinga 5(10)
3 wickets for Lasith Malinga. Lasith Malinga is on a roll.

Match details

Toss : England won the toss and elected to field

Umpires : Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Ian Gould (England)

TV umpire : Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand)

Match referee : Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)

Teams

England : Alastair Cook(c), Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler(wk), Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Harry Gurney.

Sri Lanka : Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.

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