The England all rounder Ravi Bopara finally got the much deserved promotion in the batting order in yesterday’s game versus Sri Lanka, but, he could not make the most of it as he was dismissed at the score of 6 trying to play a cheeky shot off the bowling of the left arm spinner Rangana Herath.
Herath bowled an arm ball which Bopara got on his knees and tried to paddle fine, but, the wicketkeeper was pro active on that occasion. He saw that shot coming and thus, took a step or two to the left and ended up actually catching that ball. It was a phenomenal grab.
Bopara was taken aback by that and so was Joe Root who was his partner. That ball was supposed to run down to fine leg for four but, because of the wicket keeper’s brilliance, it actually turned into a wicket.
It seemed England perhaps would not get to the target after Bopara’s dismissal because he was the only in-form big hitter in the line up.
But, Jos Buttler, who came down the order for a change found some form, and with some creamy blows, he saw England home.
Joe Root also remained there till the end. He scored 48 not out with 2 fours and 2 sixes.
Root had actually got out off the bowling of Dhammika Prasad once, but, it was a no ball when the umpires rechecked it and he got away with it.
The Yorkshire player was very sensible after that and he ensured that the target was chased down successfully by his team.
The winning shot came off the blade of Root, who after hitting a straight six off Ajantha Mendis, took a single and wrapped it up.
The teams will be back to Colombo for the next game of the series.