Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler's 121 from 74 balls was futile as Sri Lanka won the match by seven runs. Getty Images

England take on Sri Lanka in the fifth and final deciding One Day International (ODI) at the Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Tuesday.

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The match is set to begin at 2pm BST. Live coverage will be on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Live text updates of the game will be available on ESPN Cricinfo. Click here for the live streaming link.


After a one-sided affair in the third ODI which saw England beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets, the fourth match at Lord's proved an exciting contest. The visitors secured a dramatic seven-run victory to draw level 2-2 in the series.

Alastair Cook elected to field after winning the toss, but his bowling forces were shattered by the Lankan batsmen. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara registered a partnership of 172 runs after Kusal Perera's (19) dismissal in the sixth over.

The opener hit 71 runs from 109 deliveries as Sangakkara went on to score 112 runs prior to their dismissals. Skipper Angelo Mathews was their third highest scorer with 30 runs as the Lankans lost nine wickets. Despite this they managed to score 300 in 50 overs.

Harry Gurney shined for the home side with his bowling skills taking his wickets tally in the five-match series to nine with a four-wicket haul. Chris Jordan and James Anderson took two wickets each while the latter's namesake James Tredwell got the crucial wicket of Sangakkara.

On the batting front, the home side suffered early blows as the opening pair of Cook and Ian Bell added just one and seven runs respectively till the fourth over. Gary Ballance and Joe Root chipped in 42 and 43 runs each to the total before joining the openers in the pavilion.

With 111 runs on the board, Peter Moores' side had already lost five wickets. But Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler took matters into their hands attempting to nick a victory from the jaws of defeat.

Bopara made 51 runs from 47 balls as their partnership lasted for 133 runs before his dismissal. Jordan just added five runs to the tally but Buttler chipped in a Man of the Match performance to get his first ODI century with a knock of 121 runs facing just 74 deliveries.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga took three wickets and also dismissed Buttler via run out. Getty Imags

Needing 11 runs to win from the final over, Buttler and Jordan failed to drag their side past the 300-run mark as both the batsmen gave away their wickets in the second and fourth ball of the over respectively.

England ended the game with 293 runs having lost eight wickets. The defeat meant that the series is now level and one captain looks certain to lift the trophy at the end of the day, unless unforeseen circumstances prevent the match from taking place.

Following the completion of the ODI series, both sides will battle in a two-match Test series. A victory in the limited overs format could give a slight boost before the players embark on the five-day ordeal.

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Probable Lineup: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Harry Gurney

Sri Lanka

Probable Lineup: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga