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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