Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Bo, that'll do for tonight. A bitty sort of contest, but England prevail in the end, and take the series 2-0 with a game to spare. From Miller, Alan, Venkat, Matt in Cardiff and the rest of the ESPNcricinfo team, good night!

Eoin Morgan: "Our bowling was right on point, both batting sides struggled to take aggressive options which is a shame, but it ended up being a tight game. Took risks and lost wickets, which is disappointing, but Liam showed the class he's shown for Lancashire and Sam for Kent. Juggling DLS, and being challenged by the Sri Lanka bowlers.

"DLS crept up on us, it was clear all morning. We were thankful we managed to reduce Sri Lanka so that it didn't jump up on us. Two big areas for us is fielding, you play on smaller grounds with high value on boundaries - out, or dropped catch and six - and our death bowling away from home is an area to improve on."

Sampath has the killer stat: "England-Sri Lanka match run rate of 6.05 is the fourth lowest in a completed T20I hosted by England, and the worst in nearly ten years." What a spectacle for the free-to-air masses!

J I Pearce: "England needed to be put under pressure and reminded that it's not always possible to score 10 RPO on a used pitch. This will be great for England going forwards." Very true. Finding a way is every bit as important as winning it your way.

Mickey Arthur: "Not enough runs, they are a No.1 ranked bowling attack, we're ranked No.9 and you can see the difference, for us it's about learning from every game, every experience and getting better as we go along.

"We are consistently talking about freedom and taking the handbrake off but you can only bat as well as you are allowed to. We can be more proactive, try and do different things, but we are learning all the time. We bowled really well, and the fielding has gone up another level. Excited by the bowling unit, and our batters are excited in our own conditions. It's about transferring those skills to other environments."

Mark Wood: "I'll keep charging in and giving what I can. Junior kicking it on the stumps gave us great energy, CJ leads the bowlers from mid-off, and I keep whacking the wicket and make it as difficult as I could."

10.12pm Well, that was a curate's egg of a contest. England made a bit of a meal of an innocuous target, but won at a canter in the end, their huge batting depth ensuring that they could afford a wobble but still kept their foot to the floor. Curran was solid, but Liam Livingstone made the biggest strides among the batters, a nice red-inked 29 made a big difference in a low-scoring grind. Hasaranga was the pick of the bowlers, he confounded Sam Billings, whose 24 was an important hand too.

16.1
6
Dananjaya to Curran, SIX, Curran is down the track and into the stands! That'll sort it out. High and handsome, and sealed with a flourish. A good all-round performance for the rising star of the English game

END OF OVER:
16 | 9 Runs | ENG: 102/5 (1 run required from 12 balls, RR: 6.37, RRR: 0.50)

  • Sam Curran10 (7b)
  • Liam Livingstone29 (26b)
  • Isuru Udana4-0-25-1
  • Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva4-0-20-2

Isaac Marshall: "Also, Will Jacks get a call up? *See what I did there*" No? What?

15.6
1
Udana to Curran, 1 run, banged in short, pulled to deep midwicket. Curran keeps the strike as he brings the scores level
15.5
1
Udana to Livingstone, 1 run, wider line on a full length, open-faced drive down to third man
15.4
1
Udana to Curran, 1 run, low full toss, chiselled to long-on to bring up the 100
15.3
1
Udana to Livingstone, 1 run, onto the front foot, tapped to midwicket, thoughts of the second but no need for risks

Isaac Marshall: "I think it's becoming more well known that Hasaranga is only behind Rashid in world leggies (and not by loads) and he's far ahead of the 3rd best."

15.2
1
Udana to Curran, 1 run, nudged off the toes, out to the leg side

Stuart : "Is this English (and Welsh) cricket proving they can do it on a cold night in Cardiff?" Prezactly that

15.1
4
Udana to Curran, FOUR, a hint of width, and flogged off the back foot through the covers! Fast hands, good feet, belted

END OF OVER:
15 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 93/5 (10 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.20, RRR: 3.33)

  • Sam Curran3 (3b)
  • Liam Livingstone27 (24b)
  • Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva4-0-20-2
  • Dushmantha Chameera4-0-29-1

Isaac Marshall: "I think Pakistan will be licking their lips at playing this England team! Bowling is better than SL and the batting will get runs on any surface with Babar and Rizwan, not to mention the power and form of Maqsood!" England have struggled on bowler-friendly surfaces at times, it is true. This will have taught them some lessons

14.6
1
de Silva to Curran, 1 run, skidding onto the back foot, nudged to leg, another single. 10 to win and England are nearly home
14.5
2
de Silva to Curran, 2 runs, out of the crease, thrashed out to deep midwicket, where a misfield gifts a second. 11 needed now
14.4
0
de Silva to Curran, no run, googly to the left-hander, Curran is forward to smother the spin

Out comes Sam Curran. He's seen this scenario before

14.3
W
de Silva to Billings, OUT, bowled him! What a trio from Hasaranga. Billings had no answer to any of them. Keeps low as he backs away, looking for a cut through the covers, and off come the bails!

SW Billings b de Silva 24 (41m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.75

14.2
4lb
de Silva to Billings, 4 leg byes, missed stumping! Drawn down the pitch, beaten by the turn down the leg side, Dickwella's gloves can't respond to the googly, and that's bonus runs
14.1
0
de Silva to Billings, no run, a swipe across the line, and yikes that's close to off stump! Topspinner from Hasaranga, and the extra bounce leaps over the bails

END OF OVER:
14 | 12 Runs | ENG: 86/4 (17 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.14, RRR: 4.25)

  • Liam Livingstone27 (24b)
  • Sam Billings24 (26b)
  • Dushmantha Chameera4-0-29-1
  • Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva3-0-17-1

hardik: "@Malik If the ICC stops taking feedback on how entertaining the game is from keyboard warriors who have never played even gully cricket, it might survive a little longer"

13.6
0
Chameera to Livingstone, no run, crunched out to the covers, a good over for England
13.5
6
Chameera to Livingstone, SIX, ramped into the stands! That's got the score moving, Livingstone presents his chest down the pitch, flicks up and over his shoulder, and nails it over fine leg

Brian: "I don't want to be contrary, but surely the overs for bowlers should be '3 bowlers can bowl 4, anyone else 3" Yeah, valid... it's not a complicated adjustment either way

13.4
1
Chameera to Billings, 1 run, short, and clawed out to the leg side
13.3
0
Chameera to Billings, no run, fenced into the gully, opening the face on a tight line, back of a length
13.2
4
Chameera to Billings, FOUR, too short and wide, and that's thrashed through the covers off the back foot, fast hands from Billings, met at the top of the bounce, that's a quality strike

Majid: "@saik come to think of it , cricket survived for over eternity itself is baffling " Troo dat

13.1
1
Chameera to Livingstone, 1 run, nudged off the legs out to deep midwicket

END OF OVER:
13 | 5 Runs | ENG: 74/4 (29 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.69, RRR: 5.80)

  • Sam Billings19 (23b)
  • Liam Livingstone20 (21b)
  • Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva3-0-17-1
  • Isuru Udana3-0-16-1
12.6
0
de Silva to Billings, no run, clubbed off the front foot, not quite timed as Billings' 'urgh' telegraphs, back over the bowler to mid-off
12.5
2
de Silva to Billings, 2 runs, hacked hard out through the covers, good hand-speed as Hasaranga challenges his stumps with another back-of-a-length skidder
12.4
1
de Silva to Livingstone, 1 run, bottom-handed flip to the on-side, easy gap-manipulation
12.3
1
de Silva to Billings, 1 run, forward and worked down the ground to long-on
12.2
0
de Silva to Billings, no run, rocks back for the drill into the covers, Hasaranga skids it into Billings' ambitions
12.1
1
de Silva to Livingstone, 1 run, straight-batted push to long-on, another single ticked off

England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2JM BairstowJJ Roy
2nd6DJ MalanJJ Roy
3rd22EJG MorganJJ Roy
4th6SW BillingsJJ Roy
5th54SW BillingsLS Livingstone
6th18LS LivingstoneSM Curran