LIVE: England v Sri Lanka – follow World Twenty20 action from Pallekele as it unfolds
15:13 GMT, 1 October 2012
Stay up to date with all the action from England's third and decisive match in the Super Eights stage of the World Twenty20 as they take on hosts Sri Lanka in Pallekele.
Victory for England will almost certainly put them in the semi-finals because of their superior net run rate over the West Indies and New Zealand. Even a narrow defeat may be enough, should New Zealand beat the West Indies in the day's earlier match.
We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action
unfolds, with build-up starting at 2.30pm. Send me your thoughts on the action to [email protected]
England v Sri Lanka: Essentials
England: AD Hales, LJ Wright, JM Bairstow (wkt), EJG Morgan, JC Buttler, RS Bopara, SR Patel, SCJ Broad (captain), GP Swann, ST Finn, JW Dernbach
Sri Lanka: M Jayawardene, T Dilshan, K Sangakkara (captain, wkt), A Mathews, J Mendis, L Thirimanne, T Perera, N Kulasekera, A Dananjaya, L Malinga, A Mendis
Umpires: S Taufel (Aus) and S Davis (Aus)
Third umpire: A Rauf (Pak)
Match referee: J Srinath (Ind)
Click here to read the full scorecard
Sri Lanka (11 overs) 82-3 Mathews 0, Mendis 8
WICKETS! England get their men. Two wickets in two balls and this game has swung right round!
Jayawardene had started like an express train, hitting 42 off 38 balls, but Swann fools him into a loose shot which is caught by Eoin Morgan.
Next ball, unreadable spin and Sangakkara is in a muddle. A faint edge and Bairstow is alert to take the catch.
Mendis the second new man to come in and sweeps Swann for four to dampen the enthusiasm a little. Follows that up with snick to backward square leg for four.
What a crazy over: W,W,0,4,4,0 but England well and truly alive in the game now.
Sri Lanka (10 overs) 74-1 Jayawardene 42, Sangakkara 13
Samit Patel adds another spin option and is promptly struck for a couple of crafty fours to keep up the Sri Lankan momentum.
The boundaries always seem to be in the same areas – on the off side toward backward point and over short fine leg.
Sri Lanka (9 overs) 64-1 Jayawardene 33, Sangakkara 12
Much tighter from Swann, and a suspicion of an edge on the third ball though Bairstow can't grasp the ball.
But the good work is undone as Sangakkara reverse sweeps for four on the penultimate ball. Broad blocks it out with two fielders on that leaky off side.
Sri Lanka (8 overs) 57-1 Jayawardene 28, Sangakkara 10
Bopara is given the ball – he's been busy in the field so far and now properly enters the fray.
Sangakkara places a lovely shot for a couple of runs, prompting Bairstow to don his helmet and come up to the stumps.
Bopara with an assured start, just three from the over and a ball that beats the edge of Jayawardene's bat to finish the over.
Sri Lanka (7 overs) 53-1 Jayawardene 27, Sangakkara 7
Swann comes on to try and find that elusive patch of rough, but it's an expensive start with a brace and then a four sweep by Jayawardene.
Recovers strongly with a dot, then three singles to slow the pace a little.
Sri Lanka (6 overs) 44-1 Jayawardene 19, Sangakkara 6
Broad into the attack and Jayawardene wants to get a move on. The ball swinging and evading the bat twice, before the England captain plants a shorter ball into his midriff.
Jayawardene crumples and next ball knocks one just over the diving Bopara at short extra cover.
Good start by Broad, just three off the over.
Agony and ecstasy: Jade Dernbach (left) sees an appeal turned down, but there's joy for Steven Finn as he traps Dilshan leg before wicket
Sri Lanka (5 overs) 41-1 Jayawardene 16, Sangakkara 6
Finn returns for a third over and Bopara saves a certain four as Jayawardene smashes the second ball.
WICKET! Dilshan has another swing – he can't resist – and this time Finn's ball hits his back leg on the thigh. Easy decision for Simon Taufel as it's hitting middle and leg, and England have their breakthrough at 35-1. 16 off 12 for Dilshan.
Kumar Sangakkara comes in and is immediately off the mark before nudging a four past Bairstow, who lets the ball squirm through his legs.
Sri Lanka (4 overs) 34-0 Jayawardene 15, Dilshan 16
Dernbach, tattoo sleeves on display as he thunders in, is flicked for a 74-metre six by Jayawardene second ball.
And Dilshan comes to the party too, hitting a six in the opposite direction which evades Luke Wright's despairing dive at third man.
Taufel calls a wide as Dernbach tries to con Dilshan into a scoop with the fourth delivery.
16 from the over, Sri Lanka revving up now.
Not hanging around: Dilshan attempts a shot in the early stages of the Sri Lankan innings
Sri Lanka (3 overs) 18-0 Jayawardene 7, Dilshan 9
Finn tries a shorter delivery and Jayawardene reads it. Over the shoulder for four runs.
But Finn recovers with a couple of balls which fizz through past Jayawardene, who wafts the bat.
Six from the over but a penny for Swann's thoughts right now after that chance.
Sri Lanka 12-0 (2 overs) Jayawardene 2, Dilshan 8
Dernbach forces Dilshan into a top edge with the second ball of the over, the ball falling well short of square leg however.
DROPPED! Massive chance on the fourth ball of the over. Dilshan's top edge and a dolly for Swann, who somehow drops it over his head. Big opportunity missed there.
Strong lbw appeal on the final ball – full length, but sliding down the leg stump and Taufel is unmoved.
Sri Lanka 8-0 (1 over)
Disciplined start by Finn – who has not been struck for six in 102 balls in this tournament – until the final ball when Dilshan plays a sweetly timed four under the dive of Ravi Bopara.
3.22pm Stuart Broad, the captain, setting out the last of the instructions in the huddle and we're about to get underway in front of a full house in Pallekele.
First out to bat for Sri Lanka will be Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Steve Finn will hope to make the early inroads for England.
3.21pm Lots of the England lads belting out God Save the Queen with pride. Sri Lanka has a lovely, melodic anthem which has been going now for the best part of three minutes…
3.18pm Here we go then! The two sides are on the field and in line for the national anthems.
3.14pm England find themselves in this do-or-die situation after a win and a draw in the Super Eight stage.
On Thursday, they were hit all over the place by the West Indies, who recorded 179-5 from their 20 overs. After losing Kieswetter and Wright in consecutive balls in the first over, England rallied thanks to Hales's 68 but ultimately fell 15 runs short.
They rediscovered their form on Saturday, restricting New Zealand to 148, before knocking off the runs for the loss of four wickets. Wright was choice batsmen, hitting 76 off 59 balls, including a series of towering sixes.
3.09pm The atmosphere is building under the floodlights in Pallekele. Lots of England flags dotted around the ground but they will, of course, be vastly outnumbered by the colourful and very noisy home fans. Less than ten minutes hopefully now until the teams emerge.
3.01pm For Sri Lanka, Jayawardene is taking the evening off captaincy duties, with Sangakkara deputising. The usual skipper is still playing though.
2.55pm In this afternoon's team news, England have brought in Samit Patel, Ravi Bopara and Jade Dernbach.
Craig Kieswetter, Danny Briggs and Tim Bresnan will sit this one out.
ENGLAND WIN THE TOSS AND WILL BOWL FIRST
2.51pm Another match to wrap up from today is the Women's Twenty20 group match between England and Australia in Galle.
And it's good news for England, who set up a semi-final date with New Zealand after a seven-wicket victory.
Sarah Taylor struck 65 not out from 53 balls, sharing an unbroken 63-run stand with Danielle Wyatt (33no from 17) as England posted 146 for three in response to Australia's 144 for five.
2.47pm The England match was due to start at 3pm UK time but we'll now see a delay of 15-20 minutes as the games are being played back-to-back at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and we have the presentations to do first.
2.44pm Now that's entertainment. Things are black and white now – England need to win to advance, otherwise the West Indies will join Sri Lanka in the semi-finals.
WEST INDIES BEAT NEW ZEALAND IN THE SUPER OVER
The Windies stay alive in the competition and their fate now rests on the outcome of England against Sri Lanka. New Zealand are eliminated.
2.39pm Half-way through the Super Over and the Windies have 11 runs. They need seven to win from three deliveries.
2.36pm Thwack! Perfect start for the West Indies – Southee bowls a no ball, Gayle smacks him for six.
2.34pm From an English perspective, this Super Over is beneficial because the net run-rates of New Zealand and the West Indies will not change. It gives England a little more margin for error.
In the meantime, you can read Paul Newman's preview of England's final Super Eight fixture.
2.32pm The late finish to this first match will mean a slight delay to the start of England's game – but you can't fault this entertainment!
Talking of which, Chris Gayle has just strode to the crease to reply for the West Indies…
2.30pm Good afternoon and welcome to our live over-by-over coverage of England's decisive World Twenty20 Super Eight match with Sri Lanka in Pallekele.
You join us at a crucial point in the day's other match between the West Indies and New Zealand, which has gone to a Super Over.
New Zealand have just posted 17, so the Windies require 18 to win from their six balls.