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Who would have predicted that: When Chris Woakes made his highest ODI score of 95*

England's Chris Woakes in action
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In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

In the 1st ODI of the Sri Lanka tour of England in 2016 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Sri Lanka recovered from a poor start to post a decent 286-run total. England followed with an even poorer response but all-rounder Chris Woakes somewhat pulled the team out of the hole.

 

Match Summary

 Sri Lanka 286/9 (50 Overs) - Angelo Mathews 73 (109), Seekkuge Prasanna 59 (28); Chris Woakes 2/56 (10), David Willey2/56 (10)

 England 286/8 (50 Overs) - Chris Woakes *95 (92), Jos Buttler 93 (99); Angelo Mathews 2/22 (6), Nuwan Pradeep 2/64 (10)

 Result - Match tied

 

After England won the toss and elected to field, David Willey's twin strikes didn't allow Sri Lanka to get off to a good start. At 56/3 in the ninth over, Sri Lanka looked as though they might reach somewhere around 200. Sensible innings from Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews helped them steady the ship. Seekuge Prasanna smashed 59 off just 28 balls towards the end to help them post a competitive total.

 While Sri Lanka would have been disappointed with 286, especially after the Prasanna blitz, they would have been content to have dug themselves out of a hole. And the Sri Lankan captain would have been over the moon after Sri Lankan bowlers began with a bang.

 Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 3.3 ov), 2-50 (Kusal Perera, 7.2 ov), 3-56 (Kusal Mendis, 8.4 ov), 4-120 (Dinesh Chandimal, 25.3 ov), 5-188 (Seekkuge Prasanna, 33.1 ov), 6-197 (Upul Tharanga, 34.4 ov), 7-225 (Dasun Shanaka, 40.1 ov), 8-266 (Angelo Mathews, 46.6 ov), 9-286 (Suranga Lakmal, 49.6 ov)

 Suranga Lakmal and Angelo Mathews struck early and England were four down within the first 10 overs. Despite Jos Buttler's impressive 93 off 99 balls and Chris Woakes still batting 11 short of his hundred, England needed 14 off the last over. 

 Just four runs were scored off the first four balls and with 10 needed off 2 balls, England's task looked close to impossible. A bit of poor fielding off the fifth ball gave them three and Liam Plunkett plonked one over long-off for six as England succeeded in tying a game that they appeared to have already lost.

 Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Jason Roy, 1.4 ov), 2-7 (Alex Hales, 2.5 ov), 3-17 (Joe Root, 5.5 ov), 4-30 (Jonny Bairstow, 8.2 ov), 5-72 (Eoin Morgan, 15.6 ov), 6-82 (Moeen Ali, 17.6 ov), 7-220 (Jos Buttler, 42.3 ov), 8-235 (David Willey, 45.4 ov)

 

Teams

 England - Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett 

 Sri Lanka - Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews (c), Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal

 

Match Details

 

Match: ENG vs SL, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England, 2016 

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 

Toss: England won the toss and opt to bowl 

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham 

Umpires: Rob Bailey, Paul Reiffel 

Third Umpire: Bruce Oxenford 

Match Referee: David Boon 

 

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