44.6 overs (1 Run)
Stokes keeps strike! He works this through square leg for one. Malinga is looking at Kusal Mendis furiously. He knows that could have been the game.
44.5 overs (0 Run)
Has that been dropped? Not sure as of now! How costly will this prove. Yes, it is a tough chance but they need to be taken. Malinga goes full and on the pads, Stokes whips it uppishly towards square leg. Mendis moves to his right and looks to take it inches above the ground but can’t hang on. Malinga is down on his haunches. He knows this could be very costly.
44.4 overs (0 Run)
Once again does not take the run! Full and on off, Stokes whips it through mid on. Two balls to go. Will he take a single now, on the next ball?
44.3 overs (0 Run)
Another slower one outside off, Stokes strokes it through covers and denies the run.
44.3 overs (1 Run)
This is wide! It is way too wide outside off, Stokes lets it be.
44.2 overs (0 Run)
Full and wide outside off, just within the tramline. Stokes lets it be.
44.1 overs (0 Run)
Goes very full outside off, difficult to get under those. Stokes jams it out to the bowler.
43.6 overs (0 Run)
Wide outside off, Wood leaves it alone. End of a successful over. Just the run and a wicket from it. 47 needed in 36. Stokes needs to do it all by himself.
43.5 overs (0 Run)
A yorker on middle, Wood manages to jam it out.
Mark wood is the last man in for England. Sri Lanka on the cusp of a victory and England have a ‘Herculean’ task with Big Ben still there.
43.4 overs (0 Run)
OUT! Archer holes out! Once again, this shot can be questioned with Stokes at the other end. He walks back disappointed. The pressure surely got to him. It is the slower one outside off, Archer looks to clear long on but does not get the power behind the shot. It goes straight to Perera there who takes it above his head. Lanka just the wicket away now from a win.
43.3 overs (0 Run)
Lovely shot but for no runs! Fuller and on off, Archer strokes it nicely but finds the man at covers.
43.2 overs (1 Run)
On the fuller side and on middle, Stokes hits it firmly towards long on but just for a run.
43.1 overs (0 Run)
Slower one just inside the tramline on the off side. Stokes leaves it along. Stokes wants a wide but the umpire is spot on.
42.6 overs (0 Run)
The last ball is negotiated! Malinga now has only one left. On the pads, Archer works it towards square leg. 48 in 42 needed.
42.5 overs (0 Run)
Goes short this time and on the body, holds in the wicket too. Archer looks to pull but misses to get hit on the body.
42.4 overs (1 Run)
Another very full delivery on off, Stokes works it down to long on and gets to the other end.
42.3 overs (1 Run)
Archer gets off strike! Malinga goes full again, Archer gets his bat down in time and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
42.2 overs (0 Run)
A yorker! Archer gets his bat down in time, ahead of the pads and jams it out.
42.1 overs (0 Run)
In the air… safe! Goes length first up! Archer looks to flick but ends up chipping it but well short of mid-wicket.
Lasith Malinga is back! This is the most critical phase of this contest. 8-1-39-4, his figures so far. Malinga can make this the last over of the match and seal the deal here for Sri Lanka.
41.6 overs (1 Run)
Another full toss this time Archer hits it wide of short cover. Stokes wanted two but Jofra says no. Good decision as the second was never there.
41.5 overs (0 Run)
Full toss on off, Archer hits it straight to short cover. He has one ball to face.
41.4 overs (1 Run)
Slower ball on off, Stokes strokes it towards sweeper cover and gets to the other end.
41.3 overs (0 Run)
Play and a miss. Outside off this time inside the tramline, Stokes looks to hit but misses.
41.2 overs (1 Run)
EDGED BUT SAFE! Good length ball outside off, Archer looks to play the cover drive but gets an outside edge which goes past the first slip and towards third man for a single.
41.1 overs (1 Run)
Good comeback. Bowls a very full ball which is almost a yorker. It is on off, Stokes manages to squeeze it to deep point for a single.
41.1 overs (1 Run)
WIDE! Not the start he would have wanted. He has bowled a length ball outside the tramline. Wided by the umpire.
Isuru Udana is back! 5-0-20-1 so far.
40.6 overs (0 Run)
OHHHHH! Almost another there. This is flatter and on middle, Archer looks to work it on the leg side but closes the face of the bat a touch early. It goes off the leading edge and falls well short of the cover fielder. End of a magnificent over for Sri Lanka. This over has probably turned the game in their favor.
Oh dear me! Jofra Archer was very good with the ball but sure he didn’t expect to bat today, did he? He will have to bat and do a job here. England have their backs against the wall. Sri Lanka are close to pulling off a miracle.
40.5 overs (0 Run)
OUT! They are falling like a pack of cards here! Sri Lanka are over the moon at the moment. From 170 for 5 England are 178 for 8 and in deep, deep trouble. Dhananjaya gets his second in the over. This is flatter and outside off, Rashid looks to push it through the off side but gets a thick outside edge which Perera hangs onto. Sri Lanka are just the two wickets away now.
40.4 overs (1 Run)
Slightly shorter in length and outside off, Stokes goes back and pushes it through covers for one.
40.3 overs (0 Run)
Flatter and on the stumps, Stokes defends it onto the ground.
40.2 overs (1 Run)
Fuller and on off, Rashid strokes it down to long on for one.
Adil Rashid comes out to bat.
40.1 overs (0 Run)
OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! All of a sudden, Sri Lanka are right on top here. They are into the bowling all-rounders now. Dhananjaya bowls this one flatter and outside off, Woakes goes back and looks to cut but the ball is too close to play that shot. He gets an outside edge straight into the hands of the keeper. 57 needed in 59 only three wickets in hand.