England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Chester-le-Street May 25, 2014

Sri Lanka skittle England for 99 in huge win


Sri Lanka 256 for 8 (Dilshan 88, Priyanjan 43, Gurney 3-59) beat England 99 (Senanayake 4-13, Kulasekara 3-15) by 157 runs
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Highlights: Sri Lanka inflict 157-run defeat on England after bowling the hosts out for 99

On the eve of this one-day international, Sri Lanka's coach Marvan Atapattu talked of his belief that the team's fighting spirit would earn them a way back into the series. His charges proved him right in commanding fashion, skittling England for a paltry 99 to condemn them to their heaviest ODI defeat on home soil. Nuwan Kulasekara knocked off the top order and Sachithra Senanayake improved his career-best for the second match running to earn a crushing 157-run victory

It required a reverse sweep from James Anderson to take England past their lowest ODI total - 86 against Australia, at Old Trafford in 2001 - and a six over deep-backward square leg from Eoin Morgan to avoid a record runs defeat. Alastair Cook, the injured captain who missed this match meaning Morgan was in charge, could well have been pondering what had changed in the three days since The Oval as he watched on from the balcony.

Sri Lanka's batting performance was workmanlike in tricky conditions, having been put in. Tillakaratne Dilshan top scored with 88 - his first ODI fifty on English soil - and a sparky contribution from the recalled Ashan Priyanjan, who struck two sixes in a 33-ball 43 after being dropped on 5, revived a flagging innings in the final 10 overs.

Still, a total of 256 did not suggest how one-sided the second half (or quarter) would be. England's top order was dismantled as Kulasekara took 3 for 1 in 11 deliveries while Lasith Malinga extracted Joe Root's off stump as the innings slumped to 29 for 4 - it was a score England remained on for 25 deliveries.

Michael Carberry, who had been recalled in place of Cook, could not take his opportunity when he edged Kulasekara behind and in his next over Ian Bell nicked a cut shot which was well taken by a diving Kumar Sangakkara away to his right. Kulasekara's third of his decisive opening burst came when he straightened one on Gary Ballance to win an lbw - Morgan confirmed to Ballance there was no point in reviewing.

England were being outdone by what they would see as their own methods: a hint of seam and swing against batsman with uncertain footwork. England's bowlers had, in fact, not used the morning conditions well, failing to find consistency and, in all, offering 15 wides in Sri Lanka's innings.

Losing four wickets inside seven overs did not quite condemn England with Morgan still at the crease, but the middle order could not form a recovery of any sorts.

Ravi Bopara could not pick Sachithra Senanayake at The Oval and fell to him again here, flummoxed by a delivery that did not really do too much on its way to hitting off stump. Jos Buttler, who it is often said does not have enough time to build an innings, lobbed a catch into the covers from Angelo Mathews' first delivery, a strange dismissal where the ball appeared to stop in the surface.

Hitting out at the end of an innings is one thing, but Chris Jordan could not expect to repair this damage and also fell to Senanayake. The offspinner had said Sri Lanka would find a way to overcome the cold and while his spinning fingers may have been a bit stiff they worked to impressive effect.

Dilshan and Sangakkara had laid a foundation for Sri Lanka by adding 96 for the second wicket before the innings lost direction, including Mahela Jayawardene's run out from third man as he laboured for a third run, until a fifth-wicket stand of 66 in nine overs between Mathews and the Priyanjan gave the innings some energy.

Anderson was the only bowler to strike in the first half of the innings when he had Lahiru Thirimanne caught at second slip. Thirimanne's innings was a curious one: for the majority of his 37-ball stay he could barely get the ball off the square but, out of nowhere, picked up a length delivery from Harry Gurney and launched it over midwicket for the day's first six before nicking to James Tredwell in the slips.

Dilshan was more confident, slotting two straight drives off Gurney's second over, and later collected another boundary when he perfectly bisected deep square leg and long leg with a pull off Jordan. Having passed 15,000 international runs during the innings - the fifth Sri Lankan to do so - he went to his half-century from 63 balls. He appeared set for his 18th ODI hundred before receiving an excellent delivery from Jordan which nipped back between bat and pad.

Sangakkara was largely kept quiet by the England attack until he advanced at Tredwell and lofted him over mid-on but Tredwell held his nerve in the contest and lured Sangakkara into a top-edged slog sweep. Jayawardene then gifted England his wicket when he dawdled after Dilshan had edged the ball towards third man.

When Dilshan was cleaned up Jordan, England had a grip on proceedings, helped by the fact that Morgan had been able to hustle through some relatively cheap overs from Tredwell and Bopara. However, England's fielding let them down as Priyanjan was dropped at third man by Gurney on 2 and Mathews was also given a much simpler life by Bopara on 24.

Priyanjan cashed in against Tredwell when he was brought back for his last over having previously bowled nine in a row. The over cost 16 included two sixes for Priyanjan - one straight driven and one over midwicket - and sparked him on to a very handy contribution, which also included a reverse lap off Jordan before he spliced to midwicket. At the time, it appeared he had done no more than make Sri Lanka's total competitive. Just a couple of hours later it was so much more than that.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • prasad on May 27, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka should continue with this team for the remaining games. Only change I can see is drop Chandimal and bring Chathuranga in he can add spin option and decent with bat.

  • Lalith on May 27, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    In the future SL should bat first if they winthe toss in any condition. I think in the first ODI also if SL bat first it would be a very close or win for SL. Sl's bowling is suitable for 2nd innings. I think SL has got best bowling among all nations for T20 and ODIs if they bowl in the second innings.

  • Paulo on May 26, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK I'm not calling for change just on the back of this defeat. It's more I think more change was needed for the start of the series given failures over the last year. However as I pointed out hardly any changes have been made so we can continue to expect more victories mixed with the most abysmal performances.

  • c on May 26, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Carberry is the Al Sharpton of cricket. He'll get his "elongated" stay with ECB less than average ability as a cricketer will see him out - unlike Al who gets a prop here.

    I enjoyed the STAND-UP-COMMEDY by some asking for Mahela to be dropped. Only, no one's laughing. And some even question other Sri Lankans being TRUE Sri Lankans if they don't agree (and go to great legths to copy & paste thier comments all over! Now THAT is a tickle!

    The funniest comment EVER was by "sachin_equal_to_bradman" - Hmmm... in REAL cricketing terms, there are THREE Bradmen - Don, George Headley, and Sangakkara. SRT does marginally better than Sanga in ENG/SA and when playing AUS in SL. I think this is WELL established.

  • Prashan on May 26, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka are the most effective in getting opposition teams all out for less than 100 in the 50 over and 20 over formats as so far they have got teams all out for less than 100 in 17 instances which is the best among all.

  • Nicholas on May 26, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    I stopped following the game about half-way through Sri Lanka's innings, hence the huge gap between posts. Awful result to come home to... I did think Sri Lanka would rack up a competitive score, even though I thought England bowled O.K. (especially opening overs by the likes of Anderson), but to make such a mess of the chase/reply was surprising. Agree with dunger.bob re. Kulasekara; great bowler in these conditions, and once again proving that pace isn't everything.

    Not sure where England should go from here. @CodandChips: no apologies needed; with such erratic results like this from England we're all entitled to change our minds a lot! One abysmal game oughtn't to bring about any major/knee-jerk changes, but I'm sure us fans can't help but feel "here we go again...".

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Although SL won by 157 runs. I can't understand the captaincy by Matthews, when ENG was 8/73 and with 2 tail enders batting and staring down at their lowest total of 86.Matthews allowed the game to drift, without bringing back Malinga and killing the game then and there. Surely, our coach should have sent a message or was he sleeping at that time? Malinga ended up with more than 6 overs remaining. This sort of thing happened in down under too, with AUS 9 down for forty odd, finally ending up with 74. Read the game more closely, Matthews/Marvan.

  • Paulo on May 26, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    One excellent win followed by an abysmal loss. Not sure what to make of it. Considering we're at home, and therefore should be winning, comfortably, I reckon the signs are bad.

    After such a performance you can't single anyone out to blame. Kulasekera, Dlishan and Senanayake all played well, but I feel the loss was mainly due to poor play by England. Carberry probably should be the fall guy if anyone is to go, based on his poor international career still continuing. Arguably though a batting collapse like yesterday isn't the time to follow up by bringing in Hales.

    Not too sure what to make of the new regime. What concerns me though is that there have been just 3 debuts, of which 2 belong to the same player (Gurney in ODIs and T20Is- and he was in the West Indies series squad don't forget), and 1 to Carberry in T20Is despite his poor previous performances for England. Picking the same old players but expecting better than results just seems mad.

  • Pinidiya on May 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    In my Previous postings, I have emphasized the importance of an experienced opener who is capable of playing a long steady inning (min. 25 Ovs), where Tharanga becomes the solitary choice with his unbeatable track record. I was happy to see, Dilshan's (who's neck was at the Gillette of some shortsighted critics) transformed inning yesterday, to bring that convincing win. His atypical inning DEMONSTRATED what I have been saying, from word-to-word! This is the ESSENTIAL ingredient that we are missing in our formula, to win outside subcontinent. It worked out yesterday, thanks to Dilshan's superlative experience. But in a crunch situation, chasing a huge total could have crumbled Dilshan, since his natural capabilities are different. In my view, if SL to succeed in WC, recall Tharanga to the squad immediately! That is the only way forward.

  • Waqar on May 26, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Sachithra Senanayake .... The GEM