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Unfortunate farewell for Jayasuriya :

Anderson stars in English win

In an overs reduced game where Duckworth and Lewis came into play, England thrashed Sri Lanka by 110 runs in the First of Five one day NatWest Trophy Internationals, before a large ad appreciative crowd at the Kennington Oval, on Tuesday.

London was bathed in sunshine on Sunday and Monday with temperatures soaring to 29’ C where two police dogs were left to roast to death in a car – by the head of a police dog training school who locked the two dogs in his car and forgot about them.

James Anderson

But Tuesday dawned dark and gloomy and that’s how it stayed when Captains Alastair Cook and Tillekeratne Dilshan walked out to the centre to toss. Immediately after the toss the rains came down and start was delayed.

Dilshan who has the knack of winning tosses, called correctly and asked England to bat. Now Dilshan’s decision was questionable considering that rain was expected. And it did not take long when a storm reduced the match to 32 over a side.

When Dilshan asked England to bat, it was important that they be bundled out for a chase able score. But when England raced to 229 for 8 the game was good as over for Sri Lanka as the pressure was too much for Sri Lanka to ride. Sri Lanka’s target was later adjusted upwards to 232 because of the rain delay.

England who was convincingly beaten by Sri Lanka in the Twenty20 in Bristol by nine wickets stormed back gallantly under the leadership of Captain Cook to outplay the Lankans.

Sri Lanka had an early scalp when Cook going for leg glance tickled one from Lasith Malinga which was beautifully taken by wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara. Cook made five. Craig Kieswetter and Jonathon Trott steadied the innings and put it course for a formidable sore with a 47 run stand for the second wicket.

Kieswetter batted with great poise and showed a likeness to go over the top. His 61 was the highest score for the home team. The England innings was given muscle by Trott 23, Kevin Pietersen 26, Eoin Morgan 45, Ian Bell 12, Tim Bresnan 23 and Stuart Broad 13. Morgan was devastating again, while Bresnan coming into the team after recovering from injury made merry to help swell the England total and when Sri Lanka started their reply it was obvious that they were not going to get a sniff at that score.

The Sri Lanka bowlers were all hammered for runs with Suranga Lakmal taking 2 for 52 in 7.

If Sri Lanka were to get anywhere near this score it required that they be off to a strong stat. But Dilshan going at 2 for one, it signaled a procession with Sanath Jayauriya 2, Mahela Jayaardena 5, Kumar Sangkkara 4 and the board read a horrendous 4 for15.

Jayasuriya who was playing his last game for his country and was looking to go out in a blaze of glory was brilliantly snapped up by Eoin Morgan at point when he slashed at Bresnan.

That cut shot for which Jayasuriya is famous for and which usually sails over the boundary, failed this time. It was a sad end.

However walking back to the pavilion for one last time, the Oval stood up to him and gave him thunderous applause as he acknowledged waving his bat, before disappearing into the dressing room where his team mates were all seen tapping the great man on his shoulder in appreciation of his marvelous contributions to the game.

Of the remaining batsmen Thilana Kandamby 19, Angelo Mathews 16, Suraj Randiv 24 and Lasith Malinga made 26. Malinga made merry with a flurry of strokes to be the top scorer for his side.

Pacie James Anderson who wrecked the Sri Lanka innings with some well controlled seam bowling returning figures of 4 for 18 and who took 3 catches was adjudged the man of the match. Medium pacer Jade Dernbach making his debut in one day internationals had 2 for 25 and offie Greame Swann 3 for 18.

It was a disappointing performance by the Lankans and they will have to show more courage in the next game which is at Leeds on Friday if they are to keep their hopes of winning the one day series alive after their one-nil loss to England in the Test series Kennington Oval, London, Tuesday


A.Cook c Sangakkara b Malinga		 05
C.Kieswetter c Lakmal b Randiv		 61
J.Trott lbw Lakmal			 23
K.Pietersen c Dilshan b Mendis		 26
E.Morgan c Kandamby b Lakmal		 45
I.Bell lbw Jayasuriya			 12
T.Bresnan lbw Malinga			 23
S.Broad c Kandamby b Malinga		 13
G.Swann not out				 02
Extras: (1b, 7lb, 10w, 1nb)		 19
TOTAL: (8 wkts, 32 overs)		229

Did not bat: J.Anderson, J.Dernbach

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-53, 3-109, 4-142, 5-175, 6-179, 7-226, 8-229.

Bowling: Malinga 7-0-40-3 (1nb), Kulasekara 6-1-31-0, Lakmal 7-0-52-2 (4w), 
	Jayasuriya 6-0-46-1 (2w), Randiv 4-0-34-1, Mendis 2-0-18-1.

S.Jayasuriya c Morgan b Bresnan		 02
T.Dilshan c Bresnan b Anderson		 01
M.Jayawardene lbw b Anderson		 05
K.Sangakkara c&b Anderson		 04
T.Kandamby c Broad Dernbach		 19
A.Mathews c Anderson b Dernbach		 16
J.Mendis c Anderson b Swann		 09
N.Kulasekara c Cook b Anderson		 05
S.Randiv st Kieswetter b Swann		 24
L.Malinga c sub (Bopara) b Swann	 26
S.Lakmal not out			 00
Extras: (2lb, 8w)			 10
TOTAL: (10 wkts, 27 overs)		121

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Dilshan), 2-6 (Jayasuriya), 3-14 (Jayawardene), 4-15 (Sangakkara),
		 5-40 (Mathews), 6-57 (Mendis), 7-65 (Kulasekara), 8-69 (Kandamby), 9-121 (Malinga), 10-121 (Randiv).

Bowling: Anderson 5-0-18-4 (1w), Bresnan 6-0-26-1 (5w), Broad 6-0-32-0 (1w),
	 Dernbach 5-0-25-2 (1w), Swann 5-0-18-3. 



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