England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval June 28, 2011

Anderson stars in 110-run rout


England 229 for 8 (Kieswetter 61, Morgan 45) beat Sri Lanka 121 (Anderson 4-18, Swann 3-18) by 110 runs - D/L
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Alastair Cook's personal contribution may have been modest in the extreme, but he will not care a jot about that, after England's new era of ODI cricket was launched with a crushing 110-run victory over Sri Lanka at The Oval. James Anderson was the hero with a spell of three wickets in his first 17 balls, and 4 for 18 all told, as the same opponents who brought England's World Cup campaign to a humiliating conclusion in Colombo three months ago were themselves rolled aside for 121 in a rain-affected encounter.

As grudge matches go, this was not exactly a high-octane encounter. Long before a three-hour delay for a thunderstorm had reduced the contest to 32 overs a side, the peculiar comings and goings of Sanath Jayasuriya had reduced the contest to something of a circus. Nevertheless, for Anderson, there was personal atonement at stake. He had not even been selected for that ten-wicket trouncing at the World Cup, after succumbing to exhaustion towards the end of England's winter odyssey. But under the Oval floodlights he demonstrated his qualities in an irresistible performance, which also included a brilliant leap at midwicket to give Jade Dernbach his maiden ODI wicket.

All throughout the winter, one-day wickets proved hard for Anderson to come by - he managed 11 in 83 overs all told. So it was richly ironic that his first breakthrough of the evening came with one of the worst balls he's bowled all year. Tillakaratne Dilshan, whose century in Colombo had helped condemn England to defeat, marked his return from a broken thumb with a flicked pull off a leg-side long-hop, and Tim Bresnan at fine leg hardly had to move to complete a simple dismissal.

Bresnan, who was himself back in the team after recovering from a calf strain, had earlier helped England post a competitive target of 232 with four fours in consecutive legitimate deliveries. He then reduced Sri Lanka to 6 for 2 after ten balls, as Jayasuriya's 445th and final ODI appearance ended with a rifled cut to Eoin Morgan in the gully. Anderson then trapped Mahela Jayawardene plumb lbw with a nipbacker, and three balls later, Sri Lanka had passed the point of no return at 15 for 4, as Kumar Sangakkara chipped a return catch to the same bowler.

The remainder of the innings was a tactical saunter for Cook, who made his first bowling change in the ninth over as his fellow England captain Stuart Broad came into the attack (for another less-than-convincing spell, it has to be said). Dernbach then used the familiarity of his Surrey home ground and the placid match situation to help himself to impressive debut figures of 2 for 25, before Suraj Randiv and Lasith Malinga biffed a ninth-wicket stand of 52 to massage the final margin. At no stage, however, could Sri Lanka threaten a comeback, and Graeme Swann sealed the deal with three cheap wickets in five overs.

All in all, it was a richly satisfying day for Captain Cook - his fourth victory in as many ODIs at the helm, after a 3-0 series win in Bangladesh last year. His intention of leading from the front had fallen a touch flat after Malinga strangled him down the leg-side for a three-ball 5, but at least he could say he had improved his career ODI strike-rate of 71.

After being asked to bat first, England's momentum was further thwarted when the heavens opened after seven overs, with their innings uninspiringly placed at 35 for 1. However, when they resumed with 18 overs shaved off their allocation, Craig Kieswetter produced his best England performance since the World Twenty20 final in May 2010. He raised his tempo from a cautious 13 from 23 balls at the break to an ambitious 61 from 56, before he took on the slog-sweep against Randiv and top-edged a simple chance to Suranga Lakmal at short third man.

Jonathan Trott, England's unsung hero from an erratic World Cup campaign, continued in his unflappable vein, picking off five fours with scarcely a shot in anger to reach 23 from 24 balls, while Kevin Pietersen looked in prime touch before slapping a first-ball long-hop from Jeevan Mendis to midwicket. But England's other key contributor was Morgan, whose inventive repertoire was once again on show as he picked off a total of six fours in his 35-ball 45, before one lofted drive too many resulted in a simple catch for Thilina Kandamby at long-off.

From 142 for 3 after 20 overs, England stuttered to 194 for 6 after 29, before a late volley of boundaries from Bresnan allowed them to finish with a flourish. In the end, however, it was not even close. That's generally been the rule for limited-overs encounters between these two teams, but on this occasion, the tables were turned emphatically.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • asa on July 1, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    English dream will finish today Lions will back on track One defeat helps to series win ---- That's Sri Lankan Power

  • Yaan on July 1, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    @Valavan: Did I predict a 5-0 whitewash? no. It's natural for fans and even players to predict whitewashes. Ex: McGrath always predicts an Aussie Ashes whitewash even if England is the stronger team. What am I supposed to predict, that my team will lose? What fan would do that? I forgot to mention Morgan and that maybe Bell can also be dangerous, but come on, Kieswetter? One good innings doesn't make him dangerous although he is better than Prior. England is a great test team, probably the best test team right now, but when it comes to ODIs they still have a long way to go. Who in their right mind would appoint Michael Vaughan and Cook as ODI captains. yes they are great test players and Vaughan was a great captain, but Cook is a liability to ODI team. I'd rather see Broad as captain. He's petulant but atleast he is regular member and plays his haert out. Oh I stand by what I said 3-2 to Sri Lanka

  • Valavan on June 30, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    @Sendoh, atleast you honoured KP, Btw in english conditions, bell,Morgan,Trott,Kieswetter all are strong, and Srilankan bowling - malinga = 0, so i say the fact here, dont fly too high and say 3 - 2, put a team performance and then speak, England is not the same as before, its applicable to other subcontinent teams as well. No1 or No2, England is ready for everyone, watch the game and enjoy. Leeds in early summer is usuall windy, so good luck SL. Btw dont live in 2006, its 5 yrs old and England have improved since then.

  • Yaan on June 30, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    @Valavan: Isn't it natural for one player to be a scapegoat after a loss. India blame Jadeja, England blame Broad, WI blame Sammy etc. But actually Kandamby did not do any favours for SL by playing too slow. he just piled more pressure on Angelo when his job was to just rotate the strike. " If SL will bat second chasing 270+, i bet they wont chase under lights in english weather conditions." - And I doubt England will be able to chase 270+ under lights as well unless KP plays a splendid innings.We'll see there are still 4 games to go and I predict a 3-2 win for SL with SL winning game 2 & 3, England winning game 4 and SL rounding up by winning game 5.

  • Valavan on June 30, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    haha, All Srilankan Fans trying to blame 1 man for their loss, well England batted after rain, where did SL pacemen go, why didnt they utilize the juicy wicket, but anderson used it, credit to anderson and team england, so the 5-0 dream is over as i saw lots of SL fans, making mockery after T20 victory, now just 4 remains, try to win few games instead blaming this and that. If SL will bat second chasing 270+, i bet they wont chase under lights in english weather conditions.

  • Udara on June 30, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    @Khiladishar, I don't know about sri lanka as much as u do. But I know about my team india better than u.Once our master tendulkar retires my team india will turn out to be pussy cats for sure. We are showing early signs of that against westindies and it's our bowlers who are saving us there.And my team won the 2011 world cup bacause in the semi final sachin's lbw was overturned by hawkeye operater. And I am ashamed that none of the team india members turned out to thanks that hawk eye operater for the great job he did in helping my country to win the world cup. And I am really dissapointed for a country that has 1500 million people we still haven't been able to find a fast bowler who can exceed 145kph. And among such a huge population we have only few good batsman. But i think though sri lanka has only 20 million people they have got 4 fast bowlers who exceeds 145kph. They also have got several good batsman.So Khiladishar u should be proud of your country rather than criticizing it.

  • John on June 29, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    @5wombats: some good excuses, mate, but the Sri Lanklan fans have identified the real culprit- Kandamby! He should have come in and taken the score from 15-4 to a Sri Lankan win by blasting a quick 140 in 25 overs. I know what you're going to say, that he made 19 and the top 4 only made 12 between them. Nevertheless, look at the comments and you'll see it was all his fault. Just replace him with Chandimal and SL will breeze to victory. Yes, it's true that on this tour Kandamby has averaged 27 and Chandimal only 17, but CHANDIMAL IS THE ANSWER. I'm kind of surprised that neither you nor I came up with it, but the SL fans know why their side lost. It's Kandamby!!!

  • boy on June 29, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    @faizalsehwag: Yeah guess Australia is a part of Sri Lanka since lots of Sri lankans are there. If you are looking for pussy cats watch India play outside the sub continent against quality sides please. @khiladisher: "even the 1996 wcup was won because we got 4 points in the group stages when west indies and australia did not visit sl and we got a gift" Don't impersonate to be a Sri Lankan buddy. Which cricket fan would suggest their team to be in the 2nd tier and not play against quality sides like England, Australia. "ALL CRICKET PUNDITS HAD PREDICTED THAT SRI LANKA WILL STRUGGLE TO WIN EVEN 1 CRICKET TEST MATCH WITHOUT MURALI-THAT IS COMING OFF 100% TRUE" By cricket pundits do you mean yourself? Please don't insult our intelligence and think we are stupid enough to believe that you are a Sri Lankan.

  • Yohan on June 29, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    With bit more tinkering in batting order and bowling line up , SL can face and win rest of the games with Poms . Chandimal must be there at 3 and hav dimuth as opener. So sanga and mahela can play 4 & 5 . Plz take Kandambi out. He played without any focus . Mathews at six and Thisara at 7 . Jeevan mendis can be good on a turning pitch but not in Eng. Sad Sanath could nt hav a desrving farewell . WHY CRICINFO CANT PUBLISH A SINGLE ARTICLE ON JAYASURIYA WHO DID A REVOLUTION IN ODI CRICKET ?? ONCE DRAVID GOT A HUNDRED vs WI , THEE WAS ARTICLE ON HIM FOLLOWING DAY.

  • Anil on June 29, 2011, 13:58 GMT




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