London: Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan admitted he was 'disappointed' with how his team crossed the winning line at Lord's, as Angelo Mathews blocked out overs and declined singles to allow Dinesh Chandimal to reach his second one-day international hundred. However, he added, the value of that innings to a young batsman would bring huge benefits for the team.
England's captain Alastair Cook, on the other hand, was less fulsome in his praise of the slightly farcical scenes. At one point the 12th man tried to come on with a pair of gloves but was waved away by the umpire only for Mathews to signal he needed a new bat. Kevin Pietersen then became involved in an exchange of views - in what is becoming a slightly bad-tempered series for England - before the situation was ended two balls later when Chandimal swung Tim Bresnan for six over long-on to reach his hundred.
As Chandimal celebrated, the England players stood stony-faced in their positions. "It was different, I've never seen that before," Cook said. "They were perfectly entitled to do it if they want but it was a bit strange and the cricketing gods may look at that in a bit of disgust."