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LONDON---Sri Lanka weathered a brilliant knock of
121 by Jos Buttler to beat England by seven runs in the
fourth one-day international and take the five-match
series to a decider at 2-2.
Veteran left-hander Kumar Sangakkara struck 112 for
his 19th ODI century as Sri Lanka posted 300-9 under
sunny skies, setting England a tough target to clinch
the series at Lord s.
The big-hitting Buttler came in with his team unrav-
eling on 111-5 but took England to the brink of victory
with a 61-ball century, sharing a sixth-wicket partnership
of 133 with Ravi Bopara (51).
England required 12 off the last over but wily paceman
Lasith Malinga took the wicket of Chris Jordan and then
ran out Buttler, a typically masterful over of line and
length giving him final figures of 3-52. England finished
"It was one of the best innings I ve seen---Jos batted
brilliantly," Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said. "But
we saved the best till last and it s pretty hard to get (12)
runs off Lasith Malinga. He is the man for us."
The fifth ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday will settle an
oscillating, unpredictable series that peaked at the home
of cricket thanks to two superb innings from players at
the opposite ends of the careers.
The 36-year-old Sangakkara hit some delightful, flour-
ishing shots to the boundary, mainly through the off
side, in his 104-ball knock that contained 14 fours.
He came to the middle following Kusal Perera s depar-
ture for 19 and shared a sec-
ond-wicket stand of 172 with
Tillakaratne Dilshan (71). They
reached their half-centuries in
consecutive deliveries before the
ever-entertaining Dilshan tried
his trademark "Dilscoop"---a pad-
dle shot over his head and behind
the wicketkeeper---three times in
one over, picking up boundaries
from two of them.
Dilshan succumbed to the same
shot against James Anderson, however,
when he bent down to scoop the ball
over his shoulder, missed it and was
Sangakkara s knock ended after
advancing down the wicket to smash
spinner James Tredwell, but missed the ball
and got stumped.
Mahela Jayawardene s miserable series con-
tinued when he was dismissed by Harry Gur-
ney (4-55) for 7, helping to slow Sri Lanka s scoring rate.
But the tourists averaged 10 per over off the final four
overs as they scrambled to the psychologically important
300-run mark. In the third ODI in Manchester on
Wednesday, the tourists had been skittled out for just
67.Malinga removed Alastair Cook (1) and Ian Bell (7)
inside the first 20 balls of England reply, and the hosts
were further unstuck by losing Gary Ballance for 42 and
Joe Root for 43, exposing the middle order.
Eoin Morgan s departure for 12 brought Buttler to the
crease for what was one of the best ODI innings by an
Englishman. He kissed his helmet when he reached his
maiden ODI century---the fastest ever at Lord s---and
went on to make the highest ODI score by an English
"That s the best I ve ever played," Buttler said. "It s
brilliant to play that well but it s disappointing not to
get over the line. Me and Ravi just had some fun---we
didn t think we could win, but that gave us a licence."
With five overs left, England required 56 but Buttler
hit 19 off five balls from Ajantha Mendis in the 46th
over to give the hosts renewed hope.
Malinga---arguably the best death bowler in cricket---
shot down their chances, though, and kept the series
The ECB and its managing director, Paul Downton, have
been forced to apologise to Kevin Pietersen for making
comments in a radio interview last week about Pietersen s
attitude during the Sydney Test that were "in breach of
the settlement agreement" between the two parties drawn
up after his sacking.
Speaking to the BBC s Test Match Special programme
during the first one-day international at The Oval, Downton
said he had never seen anyone as "disinterested or distracted"
as Pietersen was in Sydney, claimed there was not one person
within the team that he spoke to who wanted Pietersen to
stay and "the accusation made was that he had too many
different agendas and was not 100 per cent focused on
playing for England."
Downton also said it was Pietersen who wanted his central
contract ended, pinpointing the proximity of the IPL. "It
was a week before the IPL auction," Downton said. "KP
wanted the freedom to play where he wanted to play and
he won a big contract because of it."
Pietersen reacted angrily to Downton s comments through
a statement on his Web site last week, calling them "wholly
untrue." The last line of his statement said: "I will continue
to abide by the confidentiality provisions contained in my
settlement agreement, which I believe applies to both the
ECB and myself."
The ECB apology, issued late on Friday evening, did not
state there was any issue with what Downton actually said.
Downton previously, on the day Peter Moores was named
coach, said he had never seen anyone as "disengaged" as
"On May 22 during an interview on BBC Test Match
Special, Paul Downton of the ECB made a series of comments
about Kevin Pietersen with which Kevin takes issue including
the comments he made regarding his perception of Kevin s
attitude during the Sydney Test on last winter s Ashes tour.
Some of those comments were made in breach of a settlement
agreement between the ECB and Kevin Pietersen which was
concluded at the time Kevin s central contract was terminated
earlier this year.
"Paul Downton and the ECB both apologise to Kevin
Pietersen for those comments made that were in breach of
the settlement agreement and have confirmed that they will
abide by its terms moving forward." (ESPNcricinfo)
Batsman Mark Vermeulen, whose career has been troubled
by off-field incidents, has been picked in Zimbabwe s A
squad for the tour to Bangladesh. Zimbabwe A are scheduled
to play two four-day and three one-day games during the
trip, but the final schedule will be announced at a later
Vermeulen, who has played eight Tests and 43 ODIs in the
past, was the second-highest run-getter in the first-class
season, scoring 580 runs at an average of 64.44 with one
century and four fifties. Regis Chakabva, who scored the
most first-class runs has also been named in the squad along
with pacer Donald Tiripano and offspinner John Nyumbu,
the leading wicket-takers in the 2013-14 first-class season.
Chakabva, along with Shingi Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo and
Malcolm Waller, were a part of the squad in Zimbabwe s pre-
vious Test, against Pakistan in September 2013.
Vermeulen, however, is one of the five players who will
return after the four-dayers. A group of five players, including
Sikandar Raza, who are being groomed as 50-over specialists
will join the team in Bangladesh.
The squad will prepare for the tour with a camp in Harare,
which will include a two-day game and two one-dayers. The
team will depart for Bangladesh on June 28. (ESPNcricinfo)
Sri Lanka beats England
in 4th ODI, forces decider
ECB, Downton forced to
apologise to Pietersen
Vermeulen picked in Zimbabwe
A squad for Bangladesh
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-198, 3-217, 4-233, 5-261, 6-279,
7-280, 8-292, 9-296.
Bowling: James Anderson 10-1-60-2 (1nb), Harry
Gurney 10-2-55-4 (3w), Joe Root 6-0-40-0, Chris
Jordan 10-0-67-2 (8w), James Tredwell 10-0-39-1, Ravi
Bopara 4-0-36-0 (1w).
EMorganstSangakaarabSenanayake . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
J Buttler run out (Malinga) .121
C Jordan c Dilshan b Malinga .5
Extras:(6lb,3w,1nb) . . . . . . .10
TOTAL: (for 8 wickets) . . .293
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-
10, 3-94, 4-107, 5-111,
6-244, 7-290, 8-292.
Did not bat: Harry
52-3 (1nb, 1w),
60-2 (1w), Ashan
Africa, and Ian
Third umpire: Chris
Jeff Crowe, New
Toss: won by
Result: Sri Lanka
won by seven runs.
Series: tied at 2-2.
Sri Lanka's Kumar
100 runs not out
during their One
ZIMBABWE A SQUAD FOR FOUR-DAYERS: Regis Chakabva,
Brian Chari, Michael Chinouya, Luke Jongwe, Roy Kaia, Timycen
Maruma, Shingi Masakadza, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Brighton
Mugochi, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Raymond Mutumbami, John
Nyumbu, Donald Tiripano, Mark Vermeulen, Malcolm Waller.
ADDITIONS FOR ONE-DAYERS: Sikandar Raza (for Mark
Vermeulen), Joylord Gumbie (for Roy Kaia), Tafadzwa Kamungozi
(for John Nyumbu), Neville Madziva (for Michael Chinouya),
Forster Mutizwa (for Malcolm Waller).
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