Jonny Bairstow put on 72 with Joe Root for the second wicket, hard yakka mainly with three fours off 40 balls on a turning pitch. Bairstow’s contribution was 26 scratchy runs, never looking confident nor secure, until he was castled by Thisara Perera. Since then, as in the first abandoned ODI, Eoin Morgan and Root, the limited overs and Test captains, have established the foundations with a solid partnership and Joe Root, who scored not out hundreds against India at Lord’s and Headingley plus Wednesday’s unbeaten 25, passed 50 again as he pushed the partnership past 75. He, too, ultimately fell off a leading edge with the score at 140 for three, wearily popping a dolly up to extra cover when he had made 71 as he tried to work Dhanajaya de Silva through midwicket.
We begin over-by-over coverage in the 31st over of England’s innings.