England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval

Anderson stars in 110-run rout

The Report by Andrew Miller

June 28, 2011

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England 229 for 8 (Kieswetter 61, Morgan 45) beat Sri Lanka 121 (Anderson 4-18, Swann 3-18) by 110 runs - D/L
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Craig Kieswetter raised the tempo after the rain break, England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval, June 28 2011
Craig Kieswetter lifted England with a 56-ball 61, before James Anderson cut loose with the white ball © Getty Images

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.

Smart stats

  • England's run-rate of 7.15 in their score of 229 is their highest in the first innings in ODIs when they have made a 200-plus score.
  • Craig Kieswetter's 61 is his third-highest score in ODIs and his first half-century against Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka's total of 121 is their second-lowest in ODIs against England surpassing the 99 made in Perth in 1999 (only innings when team has been bowled out).
  • James Anderson's 4 for 18 is his tenth haul of four wickets or more and his second-best bowling performance in ODIs.
  • Sanath Jayasuriya fell for a score below ten for the 141st time in ODIs, the most for any player. He also holds the record for the most ducks in ODIs (34).
  • Sri Lanka's total of 69 is fourth on the list of lowest scores at the fall of the eighth wicket overall and their worst such score since the 74 for 8 against Pakistan in Colombo in 2009.
  • The 52-run stand between Suraj Randiv and Lasith Malinga is the highest for the ninth wicket for Sri Lanka in ODIs against England surpassing the previous best of 46 between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dilhara Fernando in 2007. Malinga has also been involved in Sri Lanka's highest ninth-wicket partnership in ODIs (132).

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.

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Posted by asablaster 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

Posted by Sendoh 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by Sendoh 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by cricfan100 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.

Posted by landl47 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!!!

Posted by Mitsui 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.

Posted by yohandf1984 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.

Posted by khiladisher on (June 29, 2011, 13:58 GMT)




Posted by khiladisher on (June 29, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

i agree with faizal sehwag that my team the lankan lions are pussycats.we used to win in colombo ,when we had murali,but without him we might be winless for along time.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.WE NEVER WIN ANY MAJOR TOURNAMENTS AT ALL EVEN WEN WE HAD MURALI-BUT STILL I SUPPORT SRI LANKA CRICKET.

Posted by khiladisher on (June 29, 2011, 13:06 GMT)


Posted by landl47 on (June 29, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

@khiladisher: Yes, a two-tier set-up would be fine, as long as there is promotion and relegation between the tiers. In a couple of years, when India has lost Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Zaheer, they'll be relegated and can rebuild in the second tier. Hey, what's that noise? Oh, it's just khildasher running away from his 'idea' before the Indian fans get hold of him.

Posted by bumsonseats on (June 29, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

i get abit feed up with writers telling this cricinfo story that its going to be 1 - 4 as is the case of this piece. then the follow up its going to be 2 - 3, then if england win we can then go on to the old fav overseas players in the england team yarn yarn, take my gist. lets enjoy the series, then if the winners want to glot after its completed fair enough. dpk

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (June 29, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

Cricket is a funny game, and the hype is bigger than the game these days with all these forums. Cricket players make millions, and fans like me and all people below spend time arguing about things at the end of every game.

Before the first ODI started lots of England fans thought the team lacked balance, and some fans even thought such a team would never represent England in a WC. The T20 pasting was still fresh on their minds.

Now that the first ODI is done with, people seem to think SL is a 2nd tier team. Well, cricket is stil what it was back when it started, largely a game of chances. So sit back, enjoy, and don't fret over who is best. A touring team, even in todays day and age of comforts has many challenges. SL is doing well to overcome these and they may still go on to win the series.

Posted by Yevghenny on (June 29, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

Sri Lanka blown away at the start. As great as it was to a fitting ovation for Jayasuria, what was he doing there? Served up plenty of dross

Great credit to England for taking the power play, well played to the batsmen realising they would have to take on Malinga themselves. Excellent comeback from the disappointing 20 over result

Posted by faizalsehwag on (June 29, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Hearty congrats to the england team for beating overhyped SL these so called lions (pussy cats in performance)could not even score 200 odd runs.. good work ENgland!!! hope series will end with complete sweep... these pussy cats gonna never win abroad..only at colombo they can do something...

Posted by Roar911 on (June 29, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

Oh god, one defeat and its like Christmas for anti-SLs... pathetic thing is, most of them are our beloved neighbors! Congrats to England and to their new cap'n Cook! Dilly needs to play a little careful from now on cz we have to win three out of four... Since there's no Tharanga for next three months, i believe we should give Dimuth Karunarathne the opening spot or MJ should open and give Chandimal his spot after Sanga... but PLEASE SEND THAT WASTE OF SPACE called KANDAMBY OUT OF THE SQUAD... Definitely SLC needs an overhaul!

Posted by Himangp on (June 29, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

@ khiladisher: I was thinking seriously about your sugestion to have two tiers. It is a good start. I think we have to go beyond that. Matches can be played among members of the same tier. Since India is from a superior league, It can be in the 1st tier alone. Then as you suggested other countries can be in the second and third respectively. How about that? Even the indian Ranji trophy teams are better than tier two and three. So, the Indian team will have company within India itself. It is a cheaper option.

Posted by cyniket on (June 29, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

@inayat cool. what do i mean pointless? well you say yourself 'one match or series doesn't make much of a difference', this is obviously true of odi cricket, the results of odi series are forgotten within a year, the test series are remembered because they actually prove who is better at cricket. I understand that odi series are a way to put on a show and try to entice people who are new to cricket and don't know much about it, so just play 3, there's no need for 5. as an aside, for all your bluster about sri lanka winning a world cup and england lagging behind, england have actually won more of the odi's between the teams down the years. you actually used the recent 20/20 as evidence against england, that rather contradicts your point when you consider england won that equally pointless tournament.

Posted by Ellis on (June 29, 2011, 10:22 GMT)

The usual over-the-top responses from the fair weather SL supporters who write to this forum. Calls for team changes, excuses, dream catching, after just one game. England were far better on the day and won well and deservedly. That is what the real world saw as distinct from what those SL supporters who live in an alternate universe saw. England can be beaten, but SL has to up their game considerably. Chandimal must be brilliant if he can come in and take the England attack to the cleaners as suggested by some SL supporters. This despite having failed repeatedly on this tour.The heart of the SL batting is Dilshan, Mahela, Sangakkara. If two of them score runs, SL can win. SL bowling, apart from Malinga, is weak. Mathews has class, Kandambi is more suited to a timeless Test, Mendis should be given another chance. SL must fight hard if they are to win this series. This is not the time for sagging heads. All is not lost.

Posted by asablaster on (June 29, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

Lions are strong ..... wait until Friday ..... actually Kandambi has no idea about ODI and short versions of games........... need a big hitter clear boundaries or rotating strike chandimal is good for me If the condition change England will be loose their way definitely

Posted by thatindufit on (June 29, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

Kandamby is a headache for SL team. He doesn't play for the country. Please drop him. I don't think guy like that mindset, who can't even run hard in the wickets can do any good for Sri Lankan Cricket. DROP HIM right from next match. Play Dinesh Chandimal, it will be an investment for FUTURE

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 9:27 GMT)

@cyniket...dude what do u mean pointless cricket??? england were humiliated by lanka bangla..ohh wait..ireland was it??...england got a lot of things to proove in odi ..a team doesnt become good by having seam bowlers who fall flat in world cups...no wonder england never won one...lanka has won 1 and has been runner up twice...one match or one series doesnt make much of a difference....dude u cant just write off this series..its an international assignment for english side who are still lagging behind in odi's..just go back to last t 20 n remember wat happened ...???

Posted by Truemans_Ghost on (June 29, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

What is all this 2 tier nonsense? Sri Lanka have been a good side over the last few years- they have lost some top players and a couple more are past their best, so they are not as good as they were at the moment. So what? That happens in sport. This is hardly cause for condemning them to a second division. Some series might be mismatches. So what? that also happens in sport. I spent my youth watching england get hammered by the West Indies. Nobody suggested 2 tiers then.

Posted by paulmthomas2 on (June 29, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

Noticed an error in the stats above - this is NOT England's highest run-rate batting first in an ODI where they've made 200 or more. In 2005, England made 391-4 against Bangladesh at a run-rate of 7.82 I think. Otherwise, great performance, great article!

Posted by cricfan100 on (June 29, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

What the hell kandambi is doing in the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. 19 runs off 48 balls. played with immense responsibility. WOW What a vice captain to have!!!!!!!!!!!!. And It is the time for sanga and mahela to move on. They got to move down the order and give the chances to chandimal and dimuth. As I see mahela tries to fill the vacant opening slot which he shouldn't be doing as we have a proven youngster for that position. Let dimuth open and chandimal to play no:3. It is really frustrating to see two of our most senior batsman blocking the way of youngsters. I doubt where sri lanka would end with these kind of selfish decisions.

Posted by ashankar on (June 29, 2011, 8:34 GMT)

Peace Everyone - Wait for Full strength India to Land in England. We will start the debate again during that Series:)

Posted by ashankar on (June 29, 2011, 8:32 GMT)

@asablaster Have your watched Kris Srikanth Played? He was the one who taught the world how to play in first 15 overs. Some brilliant Dav guy adopted that to SL and i have to accept Sanath and Kaluwitharana proved it very well. But it is too much saying you taught the world this kind of cricket.

Posted by Mitsui on (June 29, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

Indians who blast us check this out - http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=percentage_won;template=results;type=team

hahaha India having played test cricket 50 years before SL is only better than NZ, Bangladesh & Zimbabwe.

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (June 29, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

congrats to the england team for beating overhyped SL these so called lions could not even score 200 odd runs.. good work ENgland!!!

Posted by cyniket on (June 29, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

@5wombats. good call mate. the ridiculous excuses brigade are out in force again. here's some ideas for you guys, sri lanka don't favour the 32 over format, it's not fair that sri lanka keep winning the toss cos they don't favour the decision making format. people seem to think that if they just say sri lanka are 'great' then people will accept it. I'm afraid not, we can all see. can't play if it swings, can't play if it's fast and bouncy. can play.... er, spin? apart from swann. it's hard to imagine under what circumstances sri lanka would be a threat in a test (proper) match to any of the major sides. they've no decent bowlers.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

Sri Lanka are a good on day side and I'm sure will come back strongly. Dernbach looks quite good, must admit I'm not sure who I'd pick out of Finn, Dernbach, Tremlett, Bresnan, Broad, Onions, Shazad, Woakes and Anderson. Harris looks promising as well. Do you think we could put a few of them in cryostorage for when we run out of fast bowlers in the future?

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

SL lacks good bowlers except Malinga though some stupid spectators were no-balling him when he was balling in the T20-20 match. Since the score of England was too high SL have the tendency of getting flattered in the chase usually unless at least one of the first four batsmen get clicked. Remember England yet to win a world cup along with Newzeland & South Africa.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

Is Sanath career over or will he play some more matches? He was a great asset to Sri Lankan cricket. He was selected as a bowler to begin with and he got 2 vital wickets in the 20-20. He should have bowled more in his career. However he started as a bowler and ended too as a bowler getting 2 vital wickets which changed the game in Sri Lanka's favour.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (June 29, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

Well its not going to be 5/0 for SL as the good SL fans writing in this forum predicted. I doubt it will be 4/1 or 3/2 either. England are not the same team that lost 5/0 the last time around. Morgan, K'wetter, Trott, KP, a rejuvenated Andersson & the other giant fasties + Swann have moved England considerable notches. England might go on an win this series. SL? Kandamby's near 50 balls for 19 and the total failure of 'class acts' Sanga /Mahela + Dilshan hurt. Malinga as SL's best batsmen says a lot. Sanath? Sad to bow out like that but thanks for all the glory years....As Nat king Cole sang..unforgettable...

Posted by cyniket on (June 29, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

I don't know why eng are playing 5 odi's against sl. no one will remember this series in a year, let alone two. england are just risking injuries, by playing so much pointless cricket. surely they could have played 3. it's interesting that england are treating the odi game as a grooming ground for cook's test captaincy. It seems to me that he might be better served captaining essex in the county championship.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT)

i thought it was rediculous dat lakmal bowled da second last over, he seemed to be bowling wit minimal control, wayy tooo many full tosses which da english tailenders made use of, lanka should hav only been chasing 210 MAX.. and wit da bat, kandamby was just frustrating da hell outta me, i think all da partners he went through shared my frustration, he was hogging da strike and taking a single off da last ball.. i think he built up unneccessary pressure for da team wen he should have at least been rotating da strike.. bloody annoying to watch.. tissera perrera should hav been in da team instead of kandamby.. anyways, i still believe lanka will win dis series..

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

Drop KAMDAMBI!! He's playing test matches can't even hit the ball properly. DROP KAMDAMBI! and play chandimal and dmiuth instead

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 5:52 GMT)

Nooooo Kandambi...Who gave him vice captaincy. He is good for boring test tours. Not near one day matches at least. 35 off 63 balls in practice match,didn't bat in T20 and here he is 19 off 48 balls..What a great player...Chandimal is 1000 times better than this big belly

Posted by asablaster on (June 29, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

@ Karachi King -- A country like SL soon recover soon and never defeat many times continuously. Murali was a gem to us people are trying to sink us ........ but SL taught cricket to world after 96 it was boring before..... Sana n Kalu changed now we have valuable resources ....... we will see another 4 matches to go

Posted by asablaster on (June 29, 2011, 5:38 GMT)

series is not yet over......... SL should fight back and play like Quarter Final WC 11 I am sure SL determine to win series 3-2 if rain won't hit yesterday rained helped English bowlers ........ I heard commentators said many times any way yesterday was England's we will see

Posted by Udendra on (June 29, 2011, 4:14 GMT)

England is winning thanks to migrated South Africans!! Whereas SL has pure lankan cricketers out of a meager 20 million!

Posted by Afta on (June 29, 2011, 4:12 GMT)

Too many comments on Sri Lanka how they are wriiten off as a team relagated to the second tier, or cannot win matches overseas etc. etc. Most of theses guys don't even know the last time Srilanka thrashed England in their home soil 5-0. England were in the doldrums for a long time, nobody wants to talk about that. Every country goes through a period of team building, I know its not easy. Remember, Sri lanka has in the past have played in 3 World cup finals and 1 twenty/20 final, and many teams have not achieved that..!

Posted by Trickstar on (June 29, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

@samincolumbia I'm sure you did mate.wac.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

what rubbish to suggest that Sri Lanka and Pakistan should be second tier test teams when both teams have excellent batsman and some excellent spin bowlers. I am an English supporter but to belittle the above teams is foolish. Dilshan is an excellent captain and the Js are world class and the Pakistan bowling attack can on the right day be a world beater.

Posted by landl47 on (June 29, 2011, 3:14 GMT)

A good performance by England, outbatting, outbowling and outfielding Sri Lanka, despite losing the toss, which is a big disadvantage in a rain-affected game. SL must be concerned that this is the third time their batting has collapsed on this tour and they would have been out for a very low score if Malinga and Randiv hadn't had some merry swings at the end. SL's strength is its batting; the bowling, even with Malinga, looked pretty ordinary. Still, it's only one game and no doubt SL will come back strong. Great to see Bresnan back- he adds heart to the team as well as batting, bowling and fielding usefully. Broad is starting to be a concern; he doesn't seem to have a plan and is just charging up and flinging it down. Still, the batting was very good and Anderson had a wonderful game, including one outstanding catch. A good start for England.

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 29, 2011, 2:21 GMT)

@khiladisher - while everyone talks about the ODI yesterday you brag on about some test matches. Stay relevant or quit commenting. P.S - If it's about ODI;s you are speaking yes SL can win only in colombo - last year they beat Aus in Places called Sydney and melbourne which are suburbs of colombo. @Karachi_King - keep dreaming. SL didn't need murali to dismantle England last time they were here. Nor will they in the future. @Truemans_Ghost : Yes agreed England suck in most world cups but i should also add that they defeated SL 3-2 in SL in 2007 . No Doubts about their ODI credentials but they are a blow-hot blow-cold team.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 1:43 GMT)

@ khiladisher... I think we should appoint you to the ICC.. you are so NOT ignorant!.. wow!

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 29, 2011, 1:40 GMT)

@5wombats, I know you will say that Sri Lanka beating England in the T20 game was a fluke! Anyway yesterday was not our day. There are 4 more games to come. Watch out March next year when England come to Sri Lanka. They will get the medicine. Also, England wont stand a chance when they tour UAE to play Pakistan in Jan 2012.

Posted by Cricketluv on (June 29, 2011, 1:08 GMT)

hey, Men, I feel it is a little too early to celebrate. I have all confidence in the world, it is 4-1 Sri Lanka, or the elast 3-2. One might say afterr seeing the tone of the article, and the comments afterwords , the bravest forecast. just two weeks time will tell. ( A lot things pertaining to this forecast have not been put in liguistic form, one would very logically guess either)

Posted by sAiyAnstAr on (June 29, 2011, 0:45 GMT)

I believe Sri Lanka won the 1 day series over here in Australia. They also won 5-0 when they came to England last.

All bollocks about not being able to win overseas. Sri Lanka are re-building their team, just like Australia were. It is just a slump at the moment, they will be back stronger than before.

I believe England also had a big slump a few years ago but have managed to get themselves back up again. They were the laughing stock of World Cricket and would never have been considered a Top-tier team. They spent their money (and a lot of it) wisely in developing their players and look at the results.

Please don't try and categorise World cricket teams, as that is just a knee-jerk reaction to one tour. Australia comprehensively got beaten in the Ashes out here and everyone said that they were over, then they came back and smashed the Poms in the one-dayers.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 29, 2011, 0:28 GMT)

Anderson stars in an ODI...My first thought was rain and I was proved right!!

Posted by PremasiriS on (June 29, 2011, 0:20 GMT)

Playing & losing with youngsters isn't a disgrace at least they would gain some experience for their future. The way things are turning out, it appears like that the seniors only runs the business, otherwise there is no way the 2 young batsmen who've consistent careers since their schooldays could sit out (with 1st Cl. Ba. Aves. around 60 & 45 mark respectively). It is usual practice with SL's team management not to play youngsters who can be threats to seniors, if not they won't be in a position to carry on till 2015. Therefore they always prefer some average performers. We cannot justify the inclusion of aging average players as future players when there is enough proven young talent in the Country. As for spinners, there are far better quality spinners who've maintained consistency at Domestic level who've been always overlooked by the selectors of last 10 years. However there is dearth of strongly built fast bowlers due to too much encouragement given to Rugby by the local media.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (June 28, 2011, 23:12 GMT)

Surprising performance today. I was so impressed with Lakmals yorkers in the 2020 yet today they became full tosses. Jimmy was a bit of a handful today but Dilshans wicket was lucky I guess, great to see Bres back, so important to the side. Top performance though, really good to see Jimmy swinging it but I expect SL to come back strong after this.

Posted by khiladisher on (June 28, 2011, 23:06 GMT)


Posted by La_Bangla on (June 28, 2011, 22:51 GMT)

Without Murali, Srilanka is an ordinary team. Even the worst team like Bangladesh can defeat them now..

Posted by Truemans_Ghost on (June 28, 2011, 22:44 GMT)

So England aren't minnows who were going to be slaughtered 5-0- intellegent followers of the game knew that anyway. The problem is that England have been occassionally very good at one day cricket for years- they beat SA and tied with the champs in the World cup after all. Unfortunately as the world cup (and lots of other series) have shown, they are also frequently rather bad. At the risk of stating the obvious, they either need to start being good more often or bad less often!

Posted by khiladisher on (June 28, 2011, 22:29 GMT)

Think england will win 5-0,sri lanka has once again proved that it can win only in sri lanka ,no where else.It might be a long time before they win their maiden test match in the BIG THREE-INDIA,AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA. 17 TEST MATCHES IN INDIA AND LIONS YET TO WIN .

Posted by kothumalli11 on (June 28, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

Good bye Sanath. Please come after another 2 years to say farewell again, because this match was reduced to 32 overs and not played the full quota of 50 overs. My best suggestion is to go and play all around the world and bid farewell in every country - Australia , SA ,India etc. What a joke and waste of money.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

hey...guys dont get too excited abt this win,,,most of sl fans know what is this bad performance all abt..simply retaliation bfrom sl poliiticians who interfere with sports this will happen...just remember this i guarantee sl going to win this odi series...not over confitden..but i beleive...unlike some stupid sl fans im not saying we gona win all and im not letting down anyone..england got a very good team,,specially fast bowlers and morgan,pieterson,,,,so there is no argument abt that..

Posted by subbass on (June 28, 2011, 21:40 GMT)

Good win for England, and our turn to win convincingly it was theirs on Saturday.

Glad to see Keiwswetter put in a good performance, and the bowlers did well.

Lots of work to do to win the series though, as the Lankans are a very good one day team.

Posted by 5wombats on (June 28, 2011, 21:35 GMT)

Well - considering what many Sri Lankan fans were saying their team would do to England before the game - this is a pleasant reality check for them. England batted aggressively and bowled brilliantly. It was as one-sided a game as the scorecard suggests. Nice to see Cook get a win in his first game in charge. Just wondering what excuses we're going to see from our Sri Lankan friends; weather too cold and wet, too cloudy, too dark, ball too round, bat too wooden... I wonder...

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 28, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

Well done to England on a convincing thrashing of us today. There will be SL fans moaning about the conditions and tha various nationalities in the England team but the simple fact is,we were not good enough today. I know this was not our. usual standard and hope we can level the series on Friday as i will be there!! come on Sri Lanka.

Posted by cricketman123 on (June 28, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

Please Please drop Kandambi. What was he doing. 19 of 48 balls. Bring in Dimuth to play as the opener and replace Kamdambi with Chandimal

Posted by Trickstar on (June 28, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

5-0 they said, it would be easy for the SL's they said, England are rubbish in 50 over cricket they said, well it has been proved here, that in home conditions this England side, is a very good limited overs team and will take some beating, they've only lost one series at home in nearly 3 years. Interestingly there is only 5 players in the England team who played in that QF against SL, just shows what a depleted team it was Anyway, it doesn't make up for it but it's nice to get our own back and give SL a really, really good hiding. Jimmy was brilliant with the ball and in the field, Bresnan looked very good as well, after his injury, really brought control to England's attack, Really like the look of Dernbach, bowls some really good slower balls and he's a lot quicker than he seems, got it up to 92 mph and with his slower ball at 72mph, he's a bit of a handful. Kieswetter, Morgan and KP all batted really well and with that cameo off Bresnan at the end, put up a very good total.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

very dissapointing display by srilankan - following a great 20 /20 victory need to improve a lot to make an impact in the series - still its not late - all the best for rest of the matches

Posted by Valavan on (June 28, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

England just showed what they really can do when they do it consistently. I think SL fans will get a learning curve as this is not sub continent, The theory for England is Simple = negotiate Malinga, the rest will be achieved. Good luck England for rest of ODIs

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