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.
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
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,
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.