Sri Lanka Hit Back With Thumping Win

Sri Lanka players celebrate the wicket of Chris Jordan (left)
Sri Lanka players celebrate the wicket of Chris Jordan (left)
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Sri Lanka 256-8 (Dilshan 88, Gurney 3-59) beat
England 99 (Senanayake 4-13) by 157 runs
Second One-Day International, Chester-le-Street

Sri Lanka levelled the five-match One-Day International series with England at one game apiece courtesy of a thumping 157-run win in the second match in Chester-le-Street.

Sri Lanka, put in to bat, overcame a slow start to post a competitive score of 256 for eight with Tillakaratne Dilshan leading the way with 88.

England were then dismissed for 99 - their sixth lowest score in ODIs - to crash to a massive defeat just three days after comfortaby winning the opening match at the Kia Oval by 81 runs.

England's lowest ODI scores

86 v Australia, Old Trafford, 2001
88 v Sri Lanka, Dambulla, 2003/4
89 v New Zealand, Wellington, 2001/2
93 v Australia, Headingley, 1975
94 v Australia, Melbourne, 1978/9
99 v Sri Lanka, Chester-le-Street, 2014
101 v New Zealand, Chester-le-Street, 2004
103 v South Africa, The Oval, 1999
104 v Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2007/8
107 v Zimbabwe, Cape Town, 1999/00

Off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake returned four for 13 and Nuwan Kulasekara three for 15 for Sri Lanka, who quickly had England in trouble and did not let them back into the game.

Stand-in captain Eoin Morgan top scored with 40 and was later honest enough to call his side's performance 'abysmal'.

With the bat, it certainly was. Ian Bell was the only other player to reach double figures, scoring 12 while there was a wicket apiece for Lasith Malinga, Dhammika Prasad and Angelo Mathews.

Openers Bell and Carberry (6) both fell to catches behind to Kulasekara, whose ability to hit a good length time and again, coupled with a lack of foot movement, contributed to England's early wobble.

Malinga then bowled Joe Root for a duck before Gary Ballance was trapped in front by the impressive Kulasekara for five, leaving England at 29 for four.

Ravi Bopara took some time to get off the mark - as had Lahiru Thirimanne earlier in the day - and had made seven in 24 balls when he was bowled by Senanayake.

Nine runs later Jos Buttler (4) was caught by Mathews via a leading edge and when Senanayake trapped Chris Jordan in front for one, England were 63 for seven and the game long over as a contest.

James Tredwell was the next to go, caught in the deep by Kulasekara as Senanayake struck again before Morgan struck a brace of sixes to steer England past their previous lowest total of 86.

Trying to hit out once again, he was caught by Dinesh Chandimal off Prasad and Sri Lanka ended the game when Senanayake bowled James Anderson for seven.

Sri Lanka had earlier made a cautious start, Dilshan breaking the shackles with some nicely-timed straight drives and Thirimanne hammering a six before he fell for 10 in 37 balls, caught by Tredwell at slip off Anderson.

Dilshan and Sangakkara then put on 96 for the second wicket, the latter making 40 in 67 balls until he was caught and bowled by Tredwell and 13 balls later, Mahela Jayawardene was run out by Ballance and Buttler for two, to leave Sri Lanka at 136 for three.

Dilshan then posted his 35th ODI half-century and looked on course to reach three figures before he was bowled by Jordan (1-56).

Angelo Mathews made 30 in 35 balls before late runs were added by Ashan Priyanjan (43 in 33 balls) and Chandimal (14 in nine) as Sri Lanka finished strongly.

Gurney removed Mathews, Chandimal and Kulasekara (0) to return three for 59 while Anderson took two for 38.

The third match is at Old Trafford on 28th May.

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