Jordan Stars As England End Sri Lanka's Run

Chris Jordan (centre) celebrates the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal
Chris Jordan (centre) celebrates the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal
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England 247-6 (Ballance 64, Bell 50) beat
Sri Lanka 144 (Jordan 3-25) by 81 runs (D/L)
First One-Day International, The Kia Oval

Chris Jordan hit 38 in 13 balls and then took three wickets as England thrashed Sri Lanka by 81 runs in a rain-affected opening One-Day International at the Kia Oval.

Jordan's late-order hitting helped England reach 247 for six in 39 overs after Ian Bell and Gary Ballance had both scored half-centuries.

Off-spinner James Tredwell also took three wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 144 in 27.5 overs after being asked to chase 226 in 32 overs after their innings was interrupted.

England's comprehensive win puts them 1-0 up in the five-match series and ends Sri Lanka's run of 10 One-Day International victories in completed matches.

With rain expected throughout the day, it was no surprise that Sri Lanka elected to field first and it didn't take them long to take a wicket when Nuwan Kulasekara had Alastair Cook caught behind by Kumar Sangakkara.

Bell, who made 50 in 56 balls, and Ballance, who scored 64 in 72 balls, then put on 79 for the second wicket but as the weather made its first appearance England threatened to lose their way somewhat.

Sachithra Senanayake removed Ballance, Eoin Morgan (3) and Ravi Bopara (3) after Bell was caught by Lasith Malinga off Angelo Mathews to leave the home side at 152 for five.

However, this England side is one that bats deep and they were able to bounce back. Joe Root rode out the storm to make 45 in 41 balls and Jos Buttler finished unbeaten 26 in 20 deliveries.

But it was Jordan who provided the real excitement, crunching five fours and two sixes in his cameo that hauled England up to an excellent score.

Senanayake finished with three for 30, Kulasekara two for 60 and Mathews one for 25.

If England's start with the bat had been poor then Sri Lanka's was dreadful as Lahiru Thirimanne (0) and Sangakkara (8) were dismissed by James Anderson and Harry Gurney respectively.

Immediately after a rain break Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored 33, offered Ballance a catch at third man off Jordan which was gratefully received and there was little further resistance from the tourists.

Mahela Jayawardene hit 35 in 41 balls but as he fell, caught at midwicket by Morgan off Tredwell, a clatter of wickets saw England wrap things up in short order.

From Jayawardene's dismissal in the 18th over, Sri Lanka lost their remaining five wickets for 56 runs as England romped home.

Jordan bowled with a hostility that Chandimal (8) and Kulasekara (0) appeared ill-prepared for, both gifting catches to Buttler before Mathews was brilliantly caught by Cook as Tredwell served as an expert foil for the Sussex all-rounder.

There was to be no repeat of Thisara Perera's late-order heroics that helped Sri Lanka win the Twenty20 International two days ago as he fell to Tredwell for two and it was left to Gurney (2-20) and Bopara (1-25) to end things with the wickets of Senanayake (11) and Malinga (10).

The two sides meet in the second ODI at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground in Chester-le-Street on Sunday (25th May).

From there, the series moves on to Emirates Old Trafford, Lord's and Edgbaston, for which you can win tickets by clicking here.

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Fixtures & Results

20th May: Twenty20 International, The Oval, London
Sri Lanka 183-7 (T Perera 49) beat
England 174-7 (Hales 66) by nine runs
22nd May: 1st ODI, The Kia Oval, London
England 247-6 (Ballance 64, Bell 50) beat
Sri Lanka 144 (Jordan 3-25) by 81 runs (D/L)
25th May: 2nd ODI, EDICG, Chester-le-Street
Sri Lanka 256-8 (Dilshan 88, Gurney 3-59) beat
England 99 (Senanayake 4-13) by 157 runs
28th May: 3rd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 73-0 (Bell 41no, Cook 30no) beat
Sri Lanka 67 (Jordan 5-29) by 10 wickets
31st May: 4th ODI, Lord's, London
Sri Lanka 300-9 (Sangakkara 112, Dilshan 71) beat
England 293-8 (Buttler 121) by seven runs
3rd June: 5th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Sri Lanka 222-4 (Thirimanne 60no) beat
England 219 (Cook 56) by six wickets
12th-16th June: 1st Test, Lord's, London
England 575-9 dec. & 267-8 dec. drew with
Sri Lanka 453 (Sangakkara 147) & 201-9
20th-24th June: 2nd Test, Headingley, Leeds
Sri Lanka 257 & 457 (Mathews 160) beat
England 365 & 249 (Moeen Ali 108no) by 100 runs