Worcestershire v Sri Lankans, tour match, New Road June 22, 2011

Jayasuriya helps Sri Lanka to warm-up win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lankans 351 for 5 beat Worcestershire 294 by 57 runs

Sanath Jayasuriya warmed up for the upcoming series against England by making 78 from 60 balls to help Sri Lanka to a 57-run win over Worcestershire.

Jayasuriya has not played an ODI since December 2009 but had been recalled to the side on the direction of the Sri Lanka government for the Twenty20 at Bristol and subsequent first ODI at The Oval before he retires. It's a move that has been criticised in many quarters and it's understood that senior players in the Sri Lanka squad are deeply unhappy about the decision to allow Jayasuriya back into the team.

He will, however, be buoyed by the performance, which included 10 fours and three sixes. Angelo Mathews, on his return from injury, made 81 and Jeevan Mendis contributed a rapid, unbeaten 99 as the runs flowed at New Road.

Having posted 351, Sri Lanka could have expected to cruise to victory but received a major fright from Moeen Ali, who made a career-best 136 from 90 balls. At one stage Worcestershire were 229 with 20 overs left and Moeen still at the crease but ended up losing their last seven wickets for 61 in 12.5 overs.

Matthews' return from a leg injury will be significant for the rest of the ODI tour. He has been a key component of the Sri Lanka side with bat and ball over the last few years and was missed during the Test series as Sri Lanka struggled to balance the side in his absence. Though he didn't bowl his 81 from 90 balls was crucial. Mendis, the 28-year-old allrounder, struck 11 fours and three sixes in his 71-ball stay, sharing a stand of 163 with Mathews.

The only respite for Worcestershire came from Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal's 10 overs on his club debut. He took three wickets including Mahela Jayawardene for 18 and Dinesh Chandimal for a duck.

Worcestershire's reply started with Lasith Malinga removing Jack Manuel in his second over for 4 before Moeen and Alexei Kervezee added 109 in 11.2 overs. After Kervezee departed to Ajantha Mendis for 45 Moeen found support from James Cameron. The pair took Worcestershire to 233 for 3 but Moeen was snared by Mendis and the chase tailed away. Malinga mopped up the last two wickets to finish with 3 for 25 and helped Sri Lanka return to winning ways ahead of the limited-overs international summer.

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  • Niranjan on June 24, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    How does the reporter know to state the Government selected SJ? Did any of the senior players mention to the reporter that they are not happy with SJ's selection. SJ is and will be the guy who turned One day cricket on its head. He is still the fittest amongst the SL players and definitely fitter than the English.

  • flying on June 24, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    @layya...Sanath was in ipl tv shows in india ..............sanath wud have also gone wit ipl if he was givn a chance 2 play..........

  • Aussie on June 24, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Either SJ should have been selected for the whole ODI series, or not at all. No man is bigger than cricket.

  • flying on June 24, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    @mendis.....Sanath is a great player ...u call him a uncle???hes fitter than anyother in the team ...if he feels hes nt fit he wont be playing...hes a fighter ......actually 50%fit sanath is mre dangerous than anyther fit guy n the team,still hes an atheletic fielder...get ur stats rite mate.........Thn u say srilanka lost the wc final coz of murali????it was a collective failure by the team.indians played murali well that doesnt mean murali was unfit or didnt bowl well.....murali and sanath are fighters they wont give up easily.........witout murali and sanath srilankan cricket wudnt have gone this well in world cricket.........

  • gayan on June 24, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    sanath jayasooriya - the master blaster of world cricket has back in to the side. but why SLC selectors this is decision not take in world cup final . very unfortunately. SJ is price less property of srilanka cricket. if SJ was played to world cup final in 2011 , definitely sri lanka won the match . very lucky for india coz there was not played SJ. SJ power is back to srilanka cricket but too late. very best luck to SANA BROTHER all srilankans with you

  • Lahiru on June 23, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    @navindra80: I really agree with your comments. Those senior boys who don't want SJ back in the side are the ones choose IPL over SL. SJ would never have done that and he is one of the root cause why SL is considered as a top cricketing nation. Just think of him being the high scorer of all highest totals in all three formats when SL hold the record. He is the father of modern ODI cricket. He was great to watch. Since his absence how many of you have seen a simple flick off the leg that flies over the boundary line, how many players square cut for six consistently.

  • Kanchana on June 23, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Im not a political fan of any party in SriLanka, but Im amazed and shocked to see people comment about a great servant of both world and international cricket just because Sana is not in their supporting party. How can people so soon forget the honors brought by him to SriLanka. Definitely they are not cricket lovers.....Im certain that 99.99% consider Sana as an asset of SriLanka and world cricket...I hope that all commentators get it right and not insult the national heroes who have done wonders to make mother Lanka proud. All the best to Sana for his final encounter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sai on June 23, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Jayasuria could have opted retirment at the end of the series

  • Lakmal on June 23, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Sana scoing a fifty and taking 2 wickets is good.But giving a chance for a fit,satisfactory farewell is not that good,considering that we have to win from ODI #1.If sana plays that ODI,then SL is playing 10 people + uncle.Doing well against a national side is so difficult that doing that against a county side.Giving a fit farewell to murali in the WC final cost us the cup.(coz Murali was unfit and couldn't bowl or field well.That was obvious.See the Videos.).SL, dont do that kind of mistakes...!!!

  • Priyantha on June 23, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    The article says ""Jayasuriya has not played an ODI since December 2009 but had been recalled to the side on the direction of the Sri Lanka government" - this shows how much political pressure is there in Sri Lankan cricket. Forget about jayasuriya's 78 which is not a big deal. if not him some body else would have done the same. Most important thing is the game should be governed by independent authority without ant governmental intervention.

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